‘Police Women’ Encourage Others To Join Force
x Four women who carry handcuffs and a badge have become instant celebrities thanks to the TLC reality show “Police Women of Cincinnati.” Now they’re encouraging other women to enter careers in law enforcement.
Coleen Deegan and Rose Valentino spoke to a mostly female group of criminal justice students at Beckfield College on Monday.
“There were amazing female officers before I even got on, and made the blueprint for me. And I’m just following in their footsteps,” Deegan said.
Deegan and Valentino said they’re surprised by the show’s success, and see it as an opportunity to teach the public — and future cops — about what the job is really like.
“It kind of gives you a backstage pass to, after we chase the guy and arrest him, what the process is to actually taking him to jail,” Deegan said.
“I think it’s an awesome career, and I’m more than happy to help prepare them and give them a little bit of what they’re going to get into,” Valentino said.
Some of the students said watching the show gave them inspiration.
“It gives me more confidence knowing that I can do the job just like the fine women of Cincinnati,” said Melissa Ennis, who said she’s never missed an episode of the reality show. “I love it. I can see me handcuffing people that are doing wrong, and putting them in jail.”
One of the big questions posed to the police women was whether the show would come back for a second season. The officers said it was too soon to tell.
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