Another Female Officer ends an active shooter rampage 

Another Female Officer ends an active shooter rampage

Tanya here —    I stole this link from my FB friend Chantelle (a female LEO in Michigan). An amazing act of bravery from another woman LEO. It kind of amazes me that there are still some people who shun women in law enforcement after we have time and time again proven ourselves worthy of respect.  This military police officer (who goes unnamed) ends this shooter’s spree when she engaged with him at Fort Hood.  In 2009, a civilian female officer engaged the shooter and ended his rampage while injured.  HERO FEMALE OFFICERS!  Can I get a HELL YEAH?!!!!

As Police Officers we engage danger without hesitation.  Why? Because we are trained to do so.  Trained to push beyond fear and rely on what has been taught to us as POLICE OFFICERS.. as SOLDIERS.  There is no gender bias in active shooters.  They get neutralized.  It is amazing to me that we have not heard who this female LEO at Fort Hood was this time. Amazing that the media has not made a bigger deal that this link I am sharing that in two active shooter situations at the same place, female officers saved lives.    

So — I am making a big deal out of it.   Spread this blog.  Send it to your friends and co-workers.  Send it to your mom.  Send it to the idiot who makes it well known he dislikes women in Law Enforcement.   Tell that idiot hello from me.   And from the women at Fort Hood.   Good Job Officers.   REALLY good job.  

Stay Safe out there.   – 64

What Women Want … Female Officers that is

A friend to HBWU and an incredible woman – Sergeant Betsy Bratner Smith writes about what women cops want and how females in all areas of the law enforcement industry would like to be viewed. Although she explicitly states that she does not speak for all women officers, Smith is a prominent voice that needs to be heard. Image

Throughout her article, with the exception of uniform malfunctions and oversized handguns, women want the opposite of special attention. They want to be apart of the law enforcement industry in its entirety, and not have their own label.  

Males and females have different perspectives, attitudes, and ways of communication. That doesn’t mean that they should be seen differently, but in fact, they each bring something different to the table which creates a stronger and more powerful bond in law enforcement. “Both men and women want to be part of the Thin Blue Line, the family that is law enforcement,” states Smith, “…the men and women of this wonderful profession share an unbreakable connection; love your brothers and sisters in blue. We need each other; we always have, and we always will.”

Please, PLEASE read Sergeant Smith’s inspiring article and you will feel just as intrigued as I did. http://www.officer.com/article/10745417/what-women-cops-want

Top Female Officer Killed: Was it due to her Gender?

 ImageA protector, role model, and proud citizen being threatened by her own family and friends. Why would a high-profile police officer draw so much negativity to her country? Not because of her words, actions, or skills, but because she was a woman. 

Lieutenant Islam Bibi was one of Afghanistan’s well-known police officers and became a face for women’s rights. Many people disapproved of Bibi’s career including her own father, sisters, and her brother who tried to kill her three times. Despite her family’s opposition, Bibi’s courageous acts led her to become the most senior officer serving in Helmand. Unfortunately, her life was cut short when the 37-year old mother of 3 was shot to death by a member of her own country.

It is truly horrible to see how female’s are being viewed and treated in different countries around the world. Although women are starting to gain the voice they deserve, they face the terrible repercussions. On Thursday, Taliban rebels in Helmand killed four girls in a bombing at a wedding targeting government officials who encourage women’s rights. When will this ever end? It’s hard to tell, but women such as Bibi have made powerful impacts on the advancement of women’s freedoms. Image

During the 1990s, Bibi was a refugee in Iran, and after the fall of the Taliban, she came back to Afghanistan in 2001 and joined the police force for two reasons: salary, and the love for her country. A woman with so much love for her country while being seen in a negative light by the people in her own country is truly a sad thing. She faced a battle every morning when she woke up and put on her uniform. Although she lived a short life, she will be remembered as a courageous leader who stood up for her rights and what she believed in, no matter what the consequences were. Bibi and the women before her have created a path for many for females to follow and stand up for women’s rights. 

Why Women SHOULD be Police Officers

Female Police Officers

After pondering the Internet on female police officers and their history, I came across an interesting article written by Richard Neil who is a retired city cop, but is currently an instructor for many of Ohio’s criminal justice training academies. Why did I find this article intriguing? For starters, it is so awesome to see a male representing us ladies in law enforcement (and writing an entire article about it)! In his article, Neil discusses how he was teaching a class to a group of cadets and a male cadet expressed how women should not be cops, and how females are not cut out for this line of work (yes, I was rather heated when I read that part). As I continued to read, Neil decided to give the class a history lesson about Ohio’s first female sheriff – Maude Collins (I dedicated an entire blog to her in my earlier posts). He then proceeded to tie in this beautiful piece of history to why indeed women should be female officers and illustrated the obstacles that Collins faced as a sheriff.

Just a brief piece of history: in 1925 Sheriff Fletcher Collins was out serving a warrant to a man who was wanted for a driving violation, and was tragically shot and killed by the wanted man – George Steele. Leaving 5 children and his wife behind, Maude was faced with the struggles of raising a family as a single mother. Just before deciding to leave the state of Ohio, Maude was ultimately made sheriff and carried on the duties her husband left behind.

Sheriff Maude Collins with a female and her child

Sheriff Maude Collins with a female and her child

 

Neil proceeds to explain that although Maude was a courageous woman, it was her communication and problem-solving skills that deemed her to be so successful in her profession. Neil writes about Maude’s success in solving a double-homicide case:

The cases would shock the community and draw the nation’s attention on the first female Sheriff of Ohio. She cleverly determined that the murderer had worn the victim’s shoes to leave misleading footprints at a crime scene. She explained her theory to her chief deputy and the county coroner. She noted that the impressions were not deep enough to be left by the heavy victim but could have been made by a lighter person wearing his shoes.  Sheriff Maude subsequently persuaded the female she had suspected all along to confess to wearing the shoes of another, who had previously been the primary male suspect, thereby solving a double homicide and gaining national fame when the case was reported in Master Detective magazine. 

Not only did she receive praise and attention around the nation, but Collins was an excellent communicator. “It has been shown that men generally have more physical strength than women, but study after study has shown that women are better communicators than men,” cites Neil. Females tend to be more observant and humans use communication skills far more than any other skill. Men may have greater physical abilities, but being an effective communicator truly matters. I’m not saying that either gender is right nor wrong for the law enforcement industry, but even as Neil agrees, it is about the officer as an individual. So no matter what gender you may be, being an officer is about proving your worth and keeping your community safe.

Definitely check out Richard Neil’s wonderful article at: http://lawenforcementtoday.com/tag/female-police-officers/

POLICE Magazine Featuring: HerBlueWear Uniforms

Tanya Sirl, VP of HBWU

Tanya Sirl, VP of HBWU

“New Uniforms Boast Comfort, Technology and Tradition,” Brittini Rubin of POLICE Magazine writes. In her article, Rubin discusses how improvements in technology have made fabric and design a lot more safer and efficient for officers to use and how companies now have taken their own approach create different styles of pants. With an array of options to choose from, departments and agencies are able to easily address their pain points, and purchase a style of pant that solves their problems, without spending additional money on alterations.

With the growing number of females in the law enforcement industry, HerBlueWear Uniforms has taken the initiative to design pants for these women by using their valued opinions as our guide. With the help from our field testers, we were able to narrow down our pants to three different styles: Balanced (if you are hourglass shaped), Defined (if you are pear shaped), and Streamline (if you are ruler shaped).

“Our purpose and driving force are to create a safer uniform for women,” Denise Czack President of HerBlueWear Uniforms

Take a look at our feature and read more about the article at http://www.policemag.com/channel/women-in-law-enforcement/articles/2013/05/new-uniforms-boast-comfort-technology-and-tradition.aspx

New Delhi Police Hire 2,508 Additional Police Women

After a meeting at The Centre in New Delhi, India, there was a strong push to have additional female police officers in their 180 police stations. The initial agenda of the meeting was to discuss the measures that should be taken to prevent crime against women in India after the gang-rape incident that occurred on December 16. Women are comprised of approximately 4% of India’s total police forces and women will feel more secure to turn towards the police if there were women in the force to talk to. 

It is truly incredible see how much demand there is for females in law enforcement around the world. The goal for India is to have their female police force increase to 33% of the total police population. The importance for women in law enforcement is crucial, since it will help other females who face abuse and other conflicts feel safer about confessing to law enforcement and helping reduce crime overall. 

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To read more about the article visit http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-01-05/delhi/36160777_1_women-police-police-stations-women-cops

A Message from Her BlueWear Uniforms

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Hello to all, Her BlueWear Uniforms is getting ready to launch. In keeping with our mission “for women by women” we would GREATLY appreciate your input. As for our male counterparts, if you could pass this info on, we would appreciate you as well.

Below are a few questions, answer one or all, we’ll take it.

  1. What size of jeans do you wear?
  2. What size are your uniform pants?
  3. What color are your uniform pants?
  4. Are your uniform pants with or without cargo pockets?
  5. What state do you currently live in?
  6. Does your department issue your uniforms or do you get an allowance?
  7. What shape is your body? (Please choose from the following)
    1. Hourglass/Balanced
    2. Ruler/Streamline
    3. Pear/Defined

Send your response to info@herbluewear.com  and feel free to contact me with any question or concerns.

Here at Her BlueWear Uniform, we feel we are a solution company not a uniform company. If you like, you can add what is your biggest complaint about your uniforms and what would you like to see us “fix” next?

Thank you for your time!

Stay safe,

Denise Czack

CEO/President

Her BlueWear Uniforms

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