In 1953, five women crossed paths when they were appointed as volunteer crossing guards for the Laurel Police Department.
Mary Wesley, Rose Mary Walker, Gladys Allen, Helen “Clara” Tester and Marjorie Hagan went on to assume duties of local law enforcement officers, carrying weapons and with the power to arrest.
The Laurel Police Department will honor and remember the work of the city’s first policewomen during a plaque dedication ceremony on Aug. 28 at 4 p.m. at the Partnership Activity Center on Fifth Street.
Family members of the female officers are expected to attend. – READ MORE