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Glasgow's First Female And Minority Police Officer Sworn In

Reported by: Send eMail Taisha Walker
Videographer: Mike Magee
Reported: Jun. 16, 2014 10:43 PM EDT
Updated: Jun. 17, 2014 9:02 AM EDT
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Glasgow New Officer
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Glasgow , Kanawha County , West Virginia

The town of Glasgow has a new police officer patrolling the streets.

The new patrolman is a Monica Willis. Willis is the town's first female police officer and first minority officer. She was sworn-in Monday night at the town's city council meeting. After a four year hiatus, Willis said she's grateful to wear a uniform again.

"I'm so excited, it's great," Willis said. "I had missed law enforcement. I missed being out on the road and working with people so it's just a dream come true."

Serving her community is what Willis knows and loves. She's been in the military for 30 years and served as a Charleston police officer for for nearly 16 years. Willis took some time off to spend with family. After four years she was ready to get back into uniform. Her transition back into and law enforcement wasn't easy.

"I've tried several departments," Willis said. "I'm not sure if they looked at my age or what but now I feel like I still have a lot left to give. And I'm just ready to come out hard and do it and I'm just grateful that the town of Glasgow is giving me this opportunity."

Willis said the small town has been receptive.

"The other day I drove by the pool and some boys kinda did a double take and they're like girl cop and that was really cute," Willis recalled. "The little girls are just waving and they're so excited to see a female out here."

Willis said although she had some setbacks she's ready to put them behind her and move forward. She has shifted focus on a future of serving others a career she truly loves.

The Dunbar native joins two other police officers at the Glasgow department.



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