Rae Marie Odoms, 78, Pioneering Black Woman Police Officer

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RAE MARIE WARNER was something of an oddity back in 1970: a black female Philadelphia police officer.

In fact, there is every indication that Rae was the first African-American woman hired as a Philadelphia cop.

The Police Department put her in the Juvenile Aid Division, as it did with all female police officers in those days. It didn’t want them out on patrol.

That policy has long been changed, and women today patrol the city streets along with the men. Rae Warner might have been one of the pioneers who helped bring about the change. – READ MORE



2 Responses to “Rae Marie Odoms, 78, Pioneering Black Woman Police Officer”

  1. Patrick Duff May 27, 2015 3:54 am

    I have found proof of a much earlier woman police officer in Philadelphia. The story will be made public very soon.

  2. Jane_Hall_website June 9, 2015 3:36 pm

    That is great Patick. Please forward any new information on the early days of women Philadelphia policing.


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