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  • Join the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department | Women in Law Enforcement
    would always tell me I wasn t strong enough to be a deputy and that only men should be doing that job It wasn t until I graduated from the academy that I think they accepted the fact that I was able to do this job as a female and do the same thing that my male counterparts did in the academy But they were still a little hesitant and they didn t feel safe with me until 2 or 3 years later when they saw me doing more specialized assignments and they could see how happy I was If you had the opportunity to change anything within your career what would it be and why I wouldn t change a thing I love my career like I said before from day one I ve had a very positive experience and I love what I do What are your views on why more women are not choosing a career in Law Enforcement I think women tend to stay away from this career just because of the fear that they may not be strong enough or that they can t do what a man does For some of them it may be the fact that they don t think they can raise a family doing this type of work and the schedules that we work Like I said earlier I think that s just a misconception I really think shift work is better suited for a family than your traditional Monday through Friday When you are off for that many days you can actually volunteer at school and do more things with your kids than when you work Monday through Friday 8 5 How did you balance the scale between family life and shift work I think for me personally shift work has been something my family has really appreciated Even though it s long hours and of course we work nights and weekends I think for my family especially after raising three kids in my family have all learned that the five days off is more rewarding than having a traditional Monday through Friday So my kids grew up feeling like every five days was a vacation especially when they were out of school Even to this day my kids would rather me work shift work than the Monday through Friday schedule that I now have as a Captain As far as extended family and friends they also knew once I had a set schedule they knew exactly what weekend I was off so we could plan family events on my days off and we could celebrate holidays accordingly So the holidays weekends and nights weren t really an issue because we were able to plan events ahead of time What about women that are highly concerned with their physical fitness level How did you cope with the academy physical fitness requirements I think that proper training ahead of time before starting the actual academy is important I know that

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  • Join the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department | Women in Law Enforcement
    pursued career opportunities sooner What are your views on why more women are not choosing a career in Law Enforcement I think some women aren t informed enough about the job and feel like the physical aspect may be beyond their limitations I think the dangers of the job play a role as well Reliable child care balancing a family single parenting and shift work come into play when making a decision of this magnitude I think physically women think it s something outside of their limitations without knowing exactly what is expected I believe if women had more opportunities to speak to women in Law Enforcement and get realistic feedback they would be more confident in choosing this career When I am out in uniform women approach me and tell how happy they are to see a woman in uniform and want to talk about their possibilities in law enforcement You can see them get motivated and they turn the do I want to into I can do this So I think if women are equipped with information and the accessibility of talking to women in law enforcement they would pursue the thought instead of feeling so reserved How did you balance the scale between family life and shift work I had a very supportive family and the proverb It takes a village to raise a child comes to mind because my family helped me tremendously through many night shifts and 12 5 hours work days As a single mother working night shift coming home and staying up so I could take the kids to school sleeping while they were at school waking back up spending time with them when they got out of school and then going back to work was tough It was well worth the sacrifice looking back at it now but you definitely need a support system No matter whom it is family friends or co workers you need support system doing this job What advice do you have for single mothers that are hesitant to join the Sheriff s Department due to their parenting concerns I would definitely say that you must have a reliable source of child care You have to for this to be an achievable goal The last thing you want to do is be mentally absent at work because you are worrying about the flexibility and reliability of your baby sitter You may have a 12 5 hour shift that can very likely turn into 16 hours or more and you need to have someone that s flexible and dependable to take care of your child I think once that facet has been resolved being a single mom isn t that difficult on this department You will face challenges in your career but they aren t anything you cannot overcome You will make many connections in this department that will last a lifetime There are many women that have walked the same path that can help provide guidance such as

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  • Join the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department | Women in Law Enforcement
    your career is important As a female in the department in the beginning of my career I always felt I had to work twice as hard as the guys just to be average I always felt like I had to prove myself Getting through training and overcoming these challenges were tough and throughout my career I have always tried to support other women that are going through these same challenges As my time in the department grew I felt it was important to support other females as sometimes in my career I saw women being tougher on other women but it s not that way anymore I really believe most women really try to help our female counterparts What advice can you give to women to overcome these same challenges Be confident in your duties There are 3 things you need in this department First a positive attitude every single day you come to work always have a smiling face Second have a good work ethic The third thing is to treat everyone right This includes the public your peers etc It may take you a little longer than some people but as long as you have those 3 things on your side you can go anywhere on this department Forgive yourself When you make a mistake forgive yourself and move on Don t dwell on it don t blame other people and don t point the finger Ask yourself how you can be a better person and deputy Look at yourself first and always be there for your people no matter what position you are in What concerns did your family and friends have with you becoming a Deputy Sheriff and did their concerns change after successful completion of your training My family has no clue what I do I remember taking my sister on a tour to Las Colinas I felt so bad for her because she was so uncomfortable but they do support me They used to worry about me out on the field but now not so much because I have a desk job They are very proud of me and I am where I am today because I always pictured my dad or sister standing behind me no matter what I was doing thus I always tried to do the right thing I really admire my dad mom and sisters and they have always been supportive If you had the opportunity to change anything within your career what would it be and why The only thing I didn t really get to do was specialized investigations Another thing I wanted to do was juvenile work and dealing with kids I don t have any children of my own so all the Explorers are my kids but working as a juvenile detective would have been fun Lastly when I was a deputy I wanted to be the first female Traffic Motorcycle Deputy The only thing that prevented me from becoming a motor was my height I

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  • Join the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department | Women in Law Enforcement
    has probably been little things throughout my career that I wish would have been different Now that I m sort of nearing the end of it and I m where I m at I have no regrets about anything in this department or the profession that I chose or what I have accomplished since I have been here What are your views on why more women are not choosing a career in Law Enforcement I think it s a couple of things I think women just don t think they can do this job which is absolutely not true I think that anybody can do this job if it s something that you want to do and I would tell everyone you should apply if it s something that you are interested in The other thing is I think that television or movies sometimes don t accurately portray what this job is really all about There are a lot of good things that go on in this profession and people in this profession are doing good things every day but that s not what you see in the news or on the media so you have younger and or older women that think I can t do this job or how am I going to do that job How did you balance the scale between family life and shift work I think that s never easy I think I m still balancing the job and home life We all have to make it work one way or another Everything is a job You have to come to work your kids are work your marriage is work and you have to be able to put in a full day of effort in all of these areas of your life I think once you learn to do that you can make everyone somewhat happy including yourself It really does help when your family is supportive of what you do When they are not supportive it just creates more tension and more stress in relationships That goes both ways for men and women it s not just a struggle for women although maybe a little more because you might feel guilty about not being at home with your kids or not being at home to make dinner or being able to take them to school or pick them up and all those types of things that stay at home moms get to do What advice do you have for single mothers that are hesitant to join the Sheriff s Department due to their parenting concerns I would say that I am a better mom because I work I m not really the stay at home type and I think a lot of women really aren t either The one thing you have to work at is not allowing your family to make you feel guilty about what you re doing or about your job or about not being there all the time for

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  • Join the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department | Women in Law Enforcement
    and why I think the biggest opportunity I passed up was to go to a specialized unit when I was a deputy to be a Corporal at the facility This was the same facility I had been at and looking back I should have taken the opportunity to work a specialized position as a deputy because those training opportunities will always be there The chance to be a Training Officer or Corporal either at a facility or a unit will always be there but you don t always get that opportunity to work a specialized position The specialized position I turned down was the Jail Population Management Unit JPMU What are your views on why more women are not choosing a career in Law Enforcement I think it s the perception that it s dangerous and that as a female you shouldn t be put in the position of danger So that would be the biggest hurdle trying to get women to understand that it s not dangerous We have a different skill set We aren t stronger but as females we don t have to be We can use our voice and our intelligence to negotiate talk people down and to quell situations Our male counterparts will usually have their ego come into play where the women don t have that So just recognize that you have a different skill set and different assets that you can use to overcome those concerns How did you balance the scale between family life and shift work It was challenging I had 3 young children when I started on the department and for a great part of my career I ve been a single mom and we just worked it out We had a strong support system My family my neighbors and my friends all pitched in For many years I wanted to get a specialized position to have a normal schedule One day my son asked me what a normal schedule was and I explained it to him and that s when I realized to them my shift work schedule was normal They had grown up with my 5 days on 5 days off day shift night shift schedule and that was normal to them We sometimes celebrated the holidays a little earlier or later Kids never mind celebrating Christmas early so that became our normal Now that I have worked a specialized normal Monday through Friday I ve missed my 5 days off So shift work is nice It has its benefits What advice do you have for single mothers that are hesitant to join the Sheriff s Department due to their parenting concerns It shouldn t be a hesitation because a career is going to take time away from your family regardless of whether you are doing shift work or regular Monday through Friday banker s hours Society is changing what the norm is no longer is it a Monday through Friday schedule Retail hospitals banking everybody is going

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