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Honoring Women in Law Enforcement

The Deparment of Homeland Security recently honored women who serve in law enforcement as part of its celebration of Women's History Month.

As we wrapped up Women’s History Month, it was my privilege to honor the service and sacrifice of women in law enforcement who serve on our nation’s frontlines every day.

Last week, I had the opportunity to join law enforcement leaders from throughout the Department of Homeland Security to honor the more than 35,000 women in law enforcement positions at our Department. These women do not often make headlines or receive the public recognition they deserve, but the Department relies on their leadership and their talents to keep the American people and communities across our country safe.

Honoring Women in Law Enforcement

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano poses with women who serve in law enforcement at a recent event honoring their service.

As we honored these women in our current ranks, we also remembered those who have sacrificed, like Special Agent Julie Cross of the U.S. Secret Service. Special Agent Cross was the first and, to this day, the only woman killed in the line of duty at the Secret Service. At the ceremony, her family accepted the U.S. Secret Service Valor Award for her service. More information about the ceremony is available on DHS' website.

I’ve worked in law enforcement for many years now -- as a U.S. Attorney, Arizona Attorney General, Governor, and now as Secretary of Homeland Security. Each of these jobs has been incredibly rewarding, in large part because of the talented people I have served alongside.

In March and every day throughout the year, we recognize the contributions of the men and women on the frontlines, who risk their lives to keep us safe and protect the homeland.