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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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  • Me like black n tan. Gud drinkie. Wake up. Go back to sleep. We know who wears the panties at u casa. Lbgthomo.

    Thursday, 16 June 2016, 10:09 pm
  • Tallahassee finds out ur wearing ur wife’s pants around and acting like that she won’t be driving a black and tan with pretty blue lites anymore

    Thursday, 16 June 2016, 3:10 pm
  • Tom, I don’t understand why someone would ask you to do this article? It seems to be a bait article to find another reason to bring more hate into our society.

    Thursday, 16 June 2016, 2:08 pm
  • I am proud to say a friend of mine just got sworn in recently with the HCSO!! So proud of her hard work!!

    Thursday, 16 June 2016, 8:30 am
  • Chill man!! Wakeup…get over yourself son!!

    Thursday, 16 June 2016, 7:58 am
  • Wakeup….glad you are so proud of your wife, but who really cares. While we thank her for her service, your comment and reaction was wayyyy over exaggerated.

    Thursday, 16 June 2016, 7:55 am
  • Why are our police / law enforcement persons not require to stay within a certain weight ? Most of them are overweight and look unable to walk or even run a half block. Do our police dogs take over the psychical duties, other than drive and give out tickets! Mmmmmm

    Thursday, 16 June 2016, 7:01 am

      Thursday, 16 June 2016, 10:12 am
      • You are 100% wrong. There is no yearly physical fitness state test for law enforcement in Florida. Hence why Hernando and Pasco have decent amounts of out of shape and overweight officers.

        Thursday, 16 June 2016, 10:47 am
  • Wow you have a serious attitude problem. Chill out man I thought the article was rather interesting. Please look at what you posted and ask yourself why would I go off like this in pubic.

    Thursday, 16 June 2016, 5:59 am
  • Who gives a crap about your wife
    And no she ain’t gonna lite my *** up punk

    Thursday, 16 June 2016, 5:33 am
  • So,why did she marry you?

    Thursday, 16 June 2016, 2:01 am
  • As a retired state police officer (New York State) and professor of criminal justice, I found your article interesting and concise.

    Thursday, 16 June 2016, 1:45 am
  • Who gives a **** what they did in New York, A hundred years ago! My wife is a 20 year retired Navy Vet. Worked with NSW group 1, 3 and 5. Survival training camp Pendleton, N.Korea, Kuwait, UAE, Iraq and Afghanistan…etc. Florida State Trooper…Just remember the classic line, ” Do you feel lucky Punk” next time you see a Black and Tan light your *** up!

    Wednesday, 15 June 2016, 10:52 pm

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