Female Deputies in Tri-County Area Fall Within National Average, 12-15%
REGIONAL – A few weeks ago a viewer asked if we could do a story on the number of female deputies employed by the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.
In our research we discovered that Hernando County fell in line statistically with surrounding counties and above average, nationally, according to a recent Federal Bureau of Investigation study.
The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office employs 331 sworn deputies; 283 (85%) male and 48 (15%) female. In comparison, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office employs 204 sworn deputies; 179 (88%) male and 25 (12%) female. Pasco County says their agency employs 820 sworn deputies; 700 (85%) male and 120 (15%) female.
According to the latest FBI study (2011), with agencies that have populations between 100k and 500K, like Pasco, Citrus, and Hernando, the national average is between 88% male and 12% female sworn officers.
In 1845, six women were hired by the New York City Police Department and were called police matrons. At that time police matrons assisted with monitoring female and juvenile inmates.
It wasn’t until 1908 that Lola Baldwin became the first female officer to carry out standard law enforcement duties.
In 1919, New York City hired Cora Parchment, the first African American police woman. And currently there are approximately 5% African-American female sworn officers across the country.
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