First Female Police Officer In Redlands Still Going Strong At 84





Salute to Shirley Harlan!  This is the earliest documentation I have so far of a female police officer carrying a gun in her purse.” – Jane




Shirley Harlan, 84, the city’s first female police officer, recently rafted the Colorado River and shows no sign she’s ready for the rocking chair.

This bring-it-on spirit is why she made history in Redlands.

One day in 1956 she stepped out as a member of the all-male Redlands Police Department with a badge, uniform and handbag. Read more


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