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In honor of Women's History Month we highlighted the dedicated women of EPD.

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Chief Kim Stewart |7.5 years with EPDWhy did you decide to work for EPD?Erie has been my community and home since 2006. Plus, I wanted to work for the best small department in the state.Why is it important to have female representation in the police force?Women police differently, which is crucial to have another perspective regarding the job. However, it takes both men and women working together to serve and protect our community with honor.Tell us about your goals or accomplishments.Being appointed as the first female Chief of Police of Erie has been the best goal I could ever obtain. It is at times a difficult job but truly worthwhile and rewarding.

Detective Shannon Crow | 4 years with EPDWhy did you want to work for EPD?I wanted to work for a small department. I enjoy the community support and the cohesiveness a small department offers.Why is it important to have female representation in law enforcement?I believe young girls should be able to see female role models in a variety of different professions. Young girls need to understand they have the opportunity to be whatever they want to be when they grow up.Tell us about your goals and accomplishments.I've always wanted to be a detective and I'm enjoying my current assignment very much. I'm looking forward to learning more and growing in my current role.

Officer Stephanie Darling | 1 year with EPDWhy did you want to work for EPD?When I came to the department for my first interview, everyone was so welcoming and friendly. The command staff seemed like they really cared and were really excited about hiring me, instead of viewing me as just another applicant like so many other agencies. The community feel here was off the charts.!What is the best part about the job?I find it fulfilling to be able to be there for people on their worst day. I like being the person they can look to for answers, and being able to provide guidance for them. If I can use those moments to make any small amount of positive change in their lives on that day, then it was all worth it.Anything else to share?Something this department has provided me with, which I didn't expect, is the relationships and friendships with my co-workers. They've become family and I wouldn't have it any other way!

Court Administrator Rhonda Eckert | 19 years with EPDWhy did you want to work for EPD?I found the court side of the police department to be very interesting and fulfilling by running it alone for 15+ years.What is your favorite part of the job?I have found it very fulfilling working in my position, continually learning the new laws and incorporating them into our court, as well as seeing how things are continually changing in our office and always have great team support.Why is it important to have female representation in law enforcement?I think is is important to have females also representing our police force to show the public that women too are capable of fulfilling some of the same types of positions as men do.

Officer Jordynn Kunze | 4 months with EPDWhy did you want to work for EPD?I had never seen such compassionate and encouraging officers before. Plus, it was amazing to see a department which has almost 50% women.What is the best part about the job?I love the community and all of the officers I work with. Everyone at the PD is always happy to help out!Why is it important to have female representation in law enforcement?I think it’s important to show young women that we are just as strong, capable, and powerful as the males in this field.

Police/Court Administrative Manager Sarah Lambert | 11 years with EPDWhy did you want to work for EPD?I always was interested in the police department and my husband worked for Erie IT when the PD was looking for a temp employee. My temp job turned to permanent and I am so excited to still be here working for Erie PD!What is your favorite part about the job?I love the people I work with. The job is fun too because no two days are ever the same. There is a lot of support at the PD.Tells us about your goals and accomplishments.I wanted to become a manager and now I have accomplished this! I am now wanting to help others in their roles to be on the supervisory path. I am also constantly working on networking and bringing other police agencies together.

Restorative Justice Coordinator Leslie Maya-Charles | 19 years with EPDWhy did you want to work for EPD?Nineteen years ago I saw an opportunity to bring Restorative Justice to a little police department in my town... a lot has changed and grown but it’s still a great place to work.What is your favorite part about the job?I love the people I work with in the department. I also, really love giving young people an opportunity to learn from their mistakes, get immersed in their community, and practice making better choices. Restorative Justice changes the trajectory of lives.

Officer Macey Milord | 1 year with EPDWhy did you want to work for EPD?I wanted to be at a community based department that had the resources to focus and invest in theirresidents.What is the best part about the job?My favorite part about my job is being able to take the time to really understand what might be going on with someone and help to find a reasonable and sustainable solution.Tell us about your goals and accomplishments.Each successfully resolved call for service or resident help is an accomplishment to me. I would like to continue to get more involved in specializing with mental health crisis incidents.Anything else to share?I am grateful to work for such a well rounded and respected agency and I truly appreciate our residents.

Sergeant Christina Muzzipapa | 4.5 years at EPDWhat is the best part of the job?Having the opportunity to mentor and train new officers.

Code Enforcement Officer Rachel Patterson | 2 years, 8 months with EPDWhy did you want to work for EPD?I work for the Erie Police Department because we provide a level of service and integrity which is unmeasurable and incredibly impactful within the community we serve!What is your favorite part of the job?My most favorite part of my career is creating, enhancing, and maintaining quality of life and safety standards within the community. I love to educate and connect with individuals to provide a higher level of service and understanding of what Code Enforcement can do for our community and Town! I love to make people smile and enjoy sharing my dorky love for Code Enforcement.Why is it important to have female representation in law enforcement?This is becoming increasingly important as women communicate and, typically think, in a different way from men. It is important to show the upcoming leaders how they can make a difference within the public safety sector.

Officer Jodi Penman | 2.5 years at EPDWhy did you want to work for EPD?Our community and the department are so supportive of its officers. It is rewarding to be in a place where you know you are valued.What is the best part of the job?I know it’s cliché but I love helping people and knowing that I am making a positive impact in the lives of others and in our town.Tell us about your accomplishments or goals.I love investigating and look forward to becoming a detective some day.

Officer Haili Shimko | 1 year with EPDWhy did you want to work for EPD?I graduated from Erie High School. When I got out of the military, I really wanted to be able to make a difference in a community I felt close to.What is your favorite part about the job?My favorite part of my job is knowing that every day I can make a positive impact in someone’s life. Going to work every day not knowing who that someone will be or how I will make that impact is exciting and fulfilling.Why is it important to have female representation in law enforcement?Being a woman in the United States Marine Corps never limited my abilities to complete a task. I agree, women are not physically built the same as men. It’s science. In the military, the PT (physical training) standards reflect this, but I never struggled in my job as a helicopter crew chief and mechanic while in the Marine Corps. I believe it is so important for younger generations (and older) to see powerful women in every occupation. That way, when someone says to them they “can’t,” they can reflect back on the women they saw in those “historically male” dominated fields and remember that WE CAN.Anything else you want to share?Just want to thank all the women who helped mold me into the woman I am today. Happy Women’s History Month!

Officer Cara Thoen | 5 years with EPDWhy did you want to work for EPD?It's a great community with a small town atmosphere. Erie is also full of so many great people.Why is it important to have female representation in law enforcement?Woman bring different things to the table then men do. I think woman have a different perspective and handle situations differently.Tell us about your goals and accomplishments.We will see what the future holds I was employee of the year in 2019 which was a great honor.

Police/Courts Administrative Assistant Andrea van Doorn | 5 years with EPD

Records Technician Carly Varney | 16 months with EPDWhy did you want to work for EPD?I wanted to work for a police department that focused on community policing.What is your favorite part of the job?No two days at the police department look the same. Each day I learn something new!Why is it important to have female representation in law enforcement?Women bring very important skill sets to the police force that can often help de-escalate dangerous situations and they have fantastic interpersonal communication skills that create a bond with the community.

Officer Kelsey Walker | 2 years with EPDWhy did you want to work for EPD?I saw how community oriented the department was and how the officers treated each other like a family. I decided that was a department I wanted to be apart of and a department I could rely on.What is your favorite part about the job?I really enjoy working with all of the men and women in the department. We are such a diverse group that bring so many different experiences and skills to the table. I enjoy watching officers learn and grow, no matter what stage in their career they are in. I enjoy learning and growing with them as these officers are constantly teaching me new things as well.Why is it important to have female representation in law enforcement?I believe women have as much of a role in the police force as men. We bring in different skills, different experiences, and different tactics to any situation that might unfold. That expands the possibilities on how to respond to and handle the variety of calls we see on a daily basis.Anything else you want to share?I am proud of all the men and women in this department, and in law enforcement across the nation. However, since we are talking specifically about the women right now, I want to express my pride and gratitude to the women of the Erie Police Department (sworn and civilian). This department would not be what it is today without each and every one of you!

Sergeant Brittany Wilson | 7 years with EPDWhy did you want to work for EPD?I grew up in Thornton which is not too far away and knew I wanted to be in a small department. I researched the department and went on quite a few ride alongs before I put in my application. I liked the feel of the town and the people.Why is it important to have female representation in law enforcement?I believe we police a little bit different. We sometimes have adifferent perspective of a call and approach things a little differently. There have been times where female victims only want to talk to female officers.Tell us about your goals and accomplishments.I wanted to become the first female sergeant at the PD, but I was just a little too late. I have still have the honor of becoming a sergeant though!