Celebrating Policewoman's Day with Sarah Cortez and Susana Sanchez
National Policewoman Day is dedicated to all police officers that are women. The first policewoman in the United States was most likely Marie Owens, who was hired by the Chicago Police Department in 1891. Although police matrons had worked in prisons in New York City prior to this, they did not have the authority to arrest as Owens did. Alice Wells was hired by the Los Angeles police department in 1910, and was the first American-born female police officer in the United States, as Owens had been born in Canada. Today, roughly ten percent of the police force in the United States is women.
Deputy Sarah Cortez is a 24-year police veteran in both state and county agencies. She graduated from Rice University and has two graduate degrees: one in Classical Studies and one in Accounting. She entered public service after a 14-year corporate career. Her literary successes have earned her the title of “America’s Cop-Writer,” although her first love is working as a patrol police officer for Harris County Precinct Four, the largest Constable’s police agency in America, whose head is Constable Mark Herman.
Officer Susana Sanchez is a 4-year police veteran in Austin Police Department and graduate of the UT-Austin McComb School of Business. She was accepted to UT at age 17 and holds a degree in International Business. She spearheaded the 2018 calendar entitled “Warrior Women of the Austin PD,” a phenomenally successful summary of ADP female officers’ compassion, grit, and strength. The Austin Police Department is made up of almost 1,800 officers, covering a city of almost 1 million people. They recently worked hand in hand with the Texas DPS, FBI and other agencies to apprehend the Austin Bomber, successfully bringing that chapter to a close.