IMPD unveils exhibit for Women’s History Month

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 1, 2016) - A new exhibit on display at the City-County Building honors women in law enforcement. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department unveiled the display Tuesday morning to mark the start of Women's History Month.

Images line the glass case in the east wing of the downtown building. The IMPD historian put together display. Pictures span decades from the first women to join the department to the high-ranking female officers of today.

Women were initially only assigned to administrative jobs within the police department - tasked with answering phones and other clerical work. In the 1960's, there was a shift and women started doing police work in the field.

"The obstacles were proving they could go out into the field and handle situations that most thought should be handled by men because of the physical component of it," said Deputy Chief Valerie Cunningham, from IMPD's patrol division.

Current female officers say it is important for young girls to see women excelling in the law enforcement field.

"It is vitally important for little girls and young women in our community to see that they can aspire to these roles and they can do these jobs and they can get promoted and reach the highest ranks within the agency," said Sgt. Catherine Cummings.

The exhibit, titled "Working to form a more perfect union: honoring women in public service and government," is in the east wing of the CCB. Residents can check it out throughout the month of March.

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