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On Friday April 23, 2021, Chief Juliann Flaherty of the Arlington Police Department, spoke to the (8) eight female Student Officers of the 70th R.O.C.  Our speaker remained a surprise until we entered the classroom, and I was shocked when I saw a female Chief of Police standing at the podium.  After she was introduced and briefed us on her background, I was captivated by her rise in ranks through the department and the lessons and advice she was giving to us.  Although females have come so far in the workforce, Law Enforcement is still a male dominated field and women are the minority.  It has always been a challenge for females to thrive and succeed in this field, to be seen as equals as men.  We have been told were not strong enough, not tough enough, we are sensitive or cannot handle this type of environment.  The truth is, when we go through the Police Academy, males and females are not trained differently based on our gender, we are trained as Officers.  Our training is the same and it does not discriminate.  Yes, there are challenges to being a female in Law Enforcement, but that does not mean that we are unable to do our jobs any less.

Chief Flaherty pointed out that her rise to her position did not come from having to play the game of proving herself to the men in her department, but that she proved herself by her abilities, confidence and her never ending quest to continue learning.  She never stopped studying, she desired to move up through the ranks, and she did.  She told us to remember what was important to us and that as females we did not have to lower our standards or try to “fit in with the boys”.  She was able to prove her worth and ability to do her job by knowing what was important to her. Females have come so far in this field and we still have so far to go.  Chief Flaherty is a positive role model to female Law Enforcement Officers, she emulates what hard work, dedication and perseverance is.  She told us to keep our expectations high, always improve yourself and never settle for less than what you are capable of.

Respectfully submitted by Student Officer Kristine Murphy – Marshfield PD

Photo submitted by Academy Director Eileen M. L. Goodick

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