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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Write in the ADVENTURE genre (05/24/07)

TITLE: First Patrolwoman
By Lynda Garrison
05/24/07


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In 1973, there were only a handful of patrolwomen on police departments across the United States.

At the time I was in nursing school and working at night on the police department in a major city as a typist of police reports.

One of the sargeants on the police force suggested I apply for the next police academy. My first reaction was: no way, I'm not going to put myself in the line of fire everyday when I come to work.

Nevertheless, I agreed to ride with one of the patrolmen on their beat and see just what was involved in being a beat officer.

After I rode with officers for three nights in a row, I realized that you don't get shot at everytime you're on duty. Actually, most of what you do is routine police work, like writing tickets, making calls, working minor traffic accidents and writing reports.

I went through the hiring process and was admitted to the police academy. I was the only woman there, and there were a few uncomfortable times when I felt there was a little resentment by my fellow students. They were saying I'd never graduate from the academy.
However that made me just the more determined to "show them".

After graduating from the Academy and getting on the streets, the saying was that I'd never make probation. I did and earned my Basic Certificate after a year.

Working as a patrolwoman was the most rewarding job I have ever had. I did have some close calls and I was exposed to some things that no one male or female should ever have to be exposed to, but it's a job that someone has to do.

And although I'm no longer in law enforcement, I salute the men and women who do work in this very dangerous field. More so today than it was when I was one of the first.


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Brandi Michel05/31/07
Is this you, or a fictional character? The flow is nice for a non-fiction story.
Trevas Walker05/31/07
I love stories of people who go against norm, and do what they were told they couldn't.
Jacquelyn Horne06/01/07
This is written well. I would have liked a little conversation to make it more interesting. And "sargeant" should be "sergeant". The story is very good.
Jan Ackerson 06/02/07
I wonder if it would have been more fitting the "adventure" topic for you to tell some of your patrol stories...nevertheless, this was inspiring and pleasant to read.
Kristen Hester06/03/07
I would have liked to hear more details about one adventure as a patrolwoman. Good job.
Dee Yoder 06/04/07
Your story caught my attention and I'd like to know more about your character's experiences on the job!