Pa. State Police celebrates 50 years of women in the ranks
Pennsylvania's state police agency was the first in the U.S. to fully integrate female troopers
By Patrick Buchnowski
The Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown, Pa.
HERSHEY, Pa. — Pennsylvania State Police celebrated 50 years of women in its ranks Thursday by honoring the trailblazers who broke through its all-male barrier and made history as the first female state troopers.
Fourteen women graduated from the Pennsylvania State Police Academy with the 31st Cadet Class, the first to admit female cadets, July 7, 1972. Surviving members of the group were invited to a ceremony in their honor at the academy in Hershey.
"These women were motivated to enlist by a sense of duty and a genuine interest in police work," said Col. Robert Evanchick, commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police.
"We owe them a debt of gratitude for their roles in breaking barriers and blazing trails that have helped make this department what it is today," he said.
PSP was the nation's first state police agency to fully integrate female troopers into the regular command structure.
2022 marks the 50th anniversary of women as troopers in the Pennsylvania State Police. This #WomensHistoryMonth we honor past employees who have contributed so much to the Department and those who continue to help make our mission a success. Transcript at https://t.co/Z4MOhp0gD2 pic.twitter.com/P35pKjG7Ae— PA State Police (@PAStatePolice) March 28, 2022
March is Women’s History Month. The first female Troopers graduated from the Pennsylvania State Police Academy on July 7, 1972. pic.twitter.com/i5LdGCxnyt— Corporal Matthew Johnston (@PSPTroopTPIO) March 1, 2020
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