A Canadian may be America’s first female cop

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  1. Valleyboy

    Valleyboy Grumpy Old Man..

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    For years, U.S. historians have been at odds over the identity of America’s first female cop. Was it Alice Stebbins Wells of the Los Angeles Police Department, who petitioned the city to get women on the force? Or Lola G. Baldwin of Portland, Ore., who crusaded for young, single working women and sought to weed out corruption in the city?

    Now, a retired federal drug-enforcement agent and history buff from Chicago has come forward with what he says is unequivocal proof that the title actually belongs to Marie Owens, a tall, steely woman who specialized in enforcing the Windy City’s child-labour and mandatory-education laws — and who hailed from Canada.

    Rick Barrett says he has spent the last three years combing through Chicago city and Illinois state records, newspaper articles and genealogy documents, to chart the life story of Owens, who grew up in Ottawa, Ont., and then made her way to Chicago where she became a detective sergeant in 1891 — predating Wells and Baldwin by at least 15 years.
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  3. Belinda

    Belinda Doer of Things

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    I am proud to say that my mom was in the very first class of women police officers accepted into the Washington D.C. force.

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