1st woman to become the rank of major with Chesterfield Police

She's achieved something no other woman has done before on the Chesterfield police force.

K.C. Carr has reached the rank of major.

More women are now taking interest in the challenging profession.

Over the last 12 years, there's been a steady increase in women taking on what has often been seen as a man's job.

Through her determination, one woman on the Chesterfield force is now highly decorated.

Major Carr knew at age 15 the career path she wanted to take.

She got a taste for law enforcement through the Chesterfield police volunteer explorers.

"When I did a couple of ride-alongs with officers and saw what they did the excitement and things like that, I was sold on it," said Major Carr.

Major Carr was one of only two women in her academy class.

Like all new recruits, she started out patrolling the streets.

But she has worn many hats over the last 24 years, including criminal investigations and forensics.

"At that time you started to see the push to have women in law enforcement it was becoming more and more accepted," said Major Carr.

She's now the first woman on the force to reach the rank of major.

"It's effort it's dedication to the department," said Major Carr.

In her leadership role, Major Carr is now over nearly 300 officers in the uniform division which are the officers that are on patrol.

"It's an honor to be in that position that's something like a dream to be in charge in something you've served over the years," said Major Carr.

In comparing 2000 to 2011, the number of women who are sworn officers on the Chesterfield force has doubled.

But you'll also see women in civilian roles like forensic technicians.

Major Carr said the department prepares all officers for each next step.

"Certainly you have to be flexible in that career choice because it is difficult it's not like other professions because it is male dominated even now," said Major Carr.

Major Carr recommends anyone including women interested in becoming a police officer to get a taste of the profession by doing a ride-along.

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