History of Women in Policing
Historic Firsts in the Eastern United States
Gwendolyn Boyd-Savage was the first African American woman to
be sworn in as Chief of Police in North Miami
Beverly J.Harvard was the first African American woman to be
appointed Chief of Police of a major city, Atlanta in 1994. She
is a graduate of the FBI's National Executive Institute. She holds
a B.A. degree in sociology and a M.S. in Urban Government and
Linda C. Lawson was the first woman to join the Hammond Police
Department and the first woman promoted to Captain. Captain Linda
Mary Vasconcelles was the first woman promoted to Lieutenant,
Commander, Assistant Chief in Springfield.
Nancy Yeager was the first woman to achieve the rank of Captain.
Joan Merriwhether-Jenkins was the first woman assigned to the
aviation unit for the Detroit Police Department.
Teresa Chambers was the first woman the become Chief of the
U.S. Park Police for the National Park Service.
Laura Fahnestock was the first woman Sergeant and Lieutenat in
the Rocky Mount Department.