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1st Woman to Lead Buffalo, New York Detective Unit

Claudia Childs was named the Chief of Detectives for the Buffalo Police Department last month, and is the first woman to hold the position. She will oversee the detective units of Major Crimes, Narcotics, Special Services, General Investigation Unit, and Sex Offense Section. Childs joined the Department in 1982, just 2 years after the first woman was admitted into Buffalo’s ranks. For the next 15 years, Childs was a patrol officer and also worked as a radio dispatcher. In 1997, she was promoted to lieutenant and then later to Captain. As Chief of Detectives, Childs now holds the rank of Inspector. The National Center for Women & Policing congratulates Claudia Childs for breaking a glass ceiling and commends her for her achievements. Women are still starkly underrepresented in law enforcement’s top command, holding only 7.3% of top command positions and 9.6% of supervisory positions, as reported in our 2001 Status of Women in Policing survey .

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Buffalo News, 12/20/02

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