Sacramento Police Department

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Women in Law Enforcement

Lieutenant Gina Haynes

I am a Lieutenant and currently am in charge of Traffic and Air Operations. I have been with the Sacramento Police Department for over twenty years. I originally began my career as a Police Officer in England walking a beat and performing Community Policing as Robert Peel (father of modern day policing) had intended. The adoption of Community Policing into this country has been a positive move and has brought us closer to those we serve. In Patrol you are constantly in the public eye and the job can be demanding, it doesn't just involve capturing a suspect, breaking a robbery series or taking a child from an abusive environment, we are first responders who deal with all aspects of life and the problems associated with it.

Law Enforcement is a rewarding profession, it doesn't always appear that way, but being part of a united family and knowing that you have helped make a difference in a person's life is a real achievement. Women have come a long way in a short time in this profession and I am proud to be helping lay the stepping stones on which those that follow, will tread.

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Detective Vonda Walker

I am currently assigned to the Homicide Unit. I have had assignments in Patrol, Field Training, Problem Oriented Policing, Neighborhood Policing, Investigations (Child Abuse) and Acting Sergeant in Investigations.

I obtained a B.S. Degree from Weber State University and a M.A. Degree from Idaho State University prior to joining the Sacramento Police Department. It is exciting to be a part of one of the Nations leading Police Departments. I have been a part of this organization for the past 18 years. I enjoy the work and I been afforded the opportunity to create a life time of memories while experiencing professional and personal growth. In addition to my career with the Sacramento Police Department I enjoy various hobbies and activities, including working with children, giving back to the community, reading, exercising and spending time with family and friends.

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Detective C.D. Wilson

I am a 18-year veteran of the Sacramento Police Department, currently assigned to the Detective Division in the Financial Crimes Unit. I previously worked in patrol as a Field Training Officer and Drug Recognition Expert. I served 4.5 years as a Recruit Training Officer assigned to the Police Academy where I became a P.O.S.T. Master Instructor and Range Master, specializing in training with the Remington Model 870 Shotgun. I am also a Senior Arrest, Control, and Baton Instructor for our department. For as long as I can remember, I've wanted to be in law enforcement, and today I couldn't imagine doing anything else. My career in law enforcement exemplifies what my father,Bennie Wilson, and my mentor, Corporal Dan Deleon, have always instilled in me: Strength, honor, and courage.

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Officer Luanne Holmsen

I have been with the Sacramento Police Department since 1993. I have been fortunate enough to work in various areas of the department such as; Dispatcher, Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Problem Oriented Policing Officer, a member of the special response team and weapons of mass destruction for Y2K, and now a member of the mounted patrol unit and the training coordinator for that unit. Once I became a Police Officer, I soon realized that there was no other career I would rather do. A career in law enforcement offers me a varied and stimulating work environment. This career gives me the chance to work independently or as part of a team, builds confidence and provides the ability to engage both mind and body. When I graduated in 1992 with a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice, I had no idea how rewarding my career choice would be. I love my current position as a mounted officer. It has allowed me to join work with my favorite sport. My partner is "Ted" and he has shown me how demanding and rewarding an animal partner can be.

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Dispatcher Pam Nuetzman

I have been working as a Police Dispatcher for 24 years. I first decided to 'try' the job, just to get a foot in the door with the Police Department. It seems it has turned into a career! The duties we perform can change on a daily or hourly basis, depending on the emergencies. Our division has a 10-week training academy and on-the-job training, giving opportunities to learn. Dispatching is such an unusual and challenging job, it is not something that just anyone can do, but can be very rewarding. I can't think of anything else that I could have chosen that could be more interesting or challenging.

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Dispatcher Beth Baron

My career with the Sacramento Police Department started in 2002, when I was just out of college. My previous work experience had always been more of the "just let me make enough money to pay my car payment" type jobs. I had never really considered at that point in my life about what type of career I wanted, nor did I even know what a "career" was. I was simply looking for something that would keep me busy, and allow me to do something interesting. I had gone to school originally for Software design, but it seemed as though that was not my calling. I was bored, and felt pretty unsatisfied with doing the same thing day in and day out.

In 2002, I attended a job fair, and met with a Dispatcher, and that was it. I applied, and found myself involved the most amazing career. My life has changed dramatically since those first days. I now find myself thinking about promoting, and ideas such as vacations, and retirement are now real possibilities. I go to work everyday, and am truly happy to be there. I actually ENJOY what I do, and love the people I work with. Everyday is different, and brings a new challenge, and allows for me to develop and change. I can not imagine doing anything else with my life now. Now, the only time I have to tinker around with a computer is when I am dispatching!

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Community Service Officer Cassandra Cisneros

Having a father who was a Deputy Sheriff and a mom who was dispatcher, the law enforcement field was a natural progression for me. I have been a Community Service Officer with the Sacramento Police Department for 13 years. My assignments have been varied and interesting including Patrol, our Training Unit, Gang Unit, Crime Alert, the Warrants Unit, and two tenures in Vehicle Crimes. My current assignment finds me back out on Patrol. I have been privileged to work with many wonderful people from whom I have learned so much! I have a deep love and respect for law enforcement and I cannot think of anywhere else that I would rather be working.

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