I wrote this exclusive guest post for Criminal Element. Follow the link to read the whole article.
I confess to a love-hate relationship with police procedurals—be they novels, TV shows, or movies. After 22 years wearing a gun and badge, I’ve followed the shifting image of the female police officer/detective with interest. For the most part, the fictional representation of women on the job has mirrored my actual experience. But that’s not necessarily a good thing.
When I first joined the force in 1988, I had dared to cross another type of thin blue line. On my first day at the police station, a grizzled old patrol officer walked up to me, folded his beefy arms across his chest, and said, “Women have no place in law enforcement.” He spun on his heel and stalked off. That was my official welcome to the squad.