ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The Roanoke Police Department took time to honor their own pioneers for National Police Women Day Thursday.
In a twitter post, the Roanoke Police Deptartment highlighted Rosa Smith and Hazel Garst.
They were hired in 1944, the first women to serve as officers in the city’s police department.
Currently, female officers make up 18 percent of the Roanoke Police Department, according to public information officer Caitlyn Cline.
In the City of Salem’s Police Department, women make up 5 percent of the police department according to city communications director Mike Stevens.
Across the county, according to DataUSA, in 2017 female officers make up an average of 14 percent of police departments.