Our history

1961

Four "patrolwomen" were hired at the Omaha Police Department (Lynn Fricke, Marty Husebo, Marilou Leitel & Charlotte Moore). Even though they were called "patrolwomen," they were assigned secretarial work, follow-up assignments, or plainclothes assignments. Females were excluded from cruiser assignments.
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1970

Nancy Bradshaw, then a Municipal Court clerk, filed a complaint with the City of Omaha's Human Relations Department challenging the distinction between male and female officers. (ie terms "Patrolman" vs. "Patrolwoman" and the subsequent assignments for each)

1971

Nancy Bradshaw is hired by the Omaha Police Department as a "policewoman".

1974

The job description at the Omaha Police Department is changed to "police officer," eliminating any reference to gender.

1975

Marty Husebo requests a cruiser assignment at the Omaha Police Department.

1977

Female police officers begin patrolling in police cruisers at the Omaha Police Department and begin receiving assignments in police jobs traditionally assigned to men only.

Late 1970's

Female police officers at the Omaha Police Department(including Husebo, Bradshaw, Hauptman, Palmer, and Mailou Lawson)fight City of Omaha Personnel in order to take promotional exams. The Personnel Director at the time would not allow it because exam applicants were "required to have four years experience as patrolmen, but they were patrolwomen." Nancy Bradshaw became the first female offered the Sergeant Promotion but turned it down as she was not the next in line to be promoted. She wanted to be treated the same as her male counterparts.

1982

Captain Genelle Moore is hired by the Lincoln Police Department as the first black female officer. She went on to become the first female motorcycle officer for her agency.

1984

Omaha Police Department promotes first females, Barb J. Hauptman & Mary J. Eggers to Sergeant.
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1993

Omaha Police Department promotes two females to Deputy Chiefs, Barb Hauptman, and Brenda Smith, becoming the highest-ranking females. 

1994

Omaha Police Department certifies its first female canine officer.

1998

First female firefighter, Julie Fisher hired at the Beatrice Fire Department.

1999

First female firefighter, Jeanne Pashalek promoted to Captain at the Lincoln Fire Department.

2009

Lincoln Police Department certifies its first female canine handler.

2010

Omaha Police Department certifies its first female motorcycle officer.
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2015

The first female Omaha Police Officer, Detective Kerrie Orozco is killed in the line of duty while attempting to take a wanted fugitive into custody. Det Orozco leaves behind her husband, daughter, two stepchildren, and a large, loving family. #kerrieon

2017

Hastings Police Department promotes Sergeant, Raelee Van Winkle to Captain, making her the first female Captain within her department.

2017

Scottsbluff Police Department Officer Krisa Brass is promoted to Corporal and becomes the first woman to hold a supervisory position.

2018

Brenda Urbanek is named the Director of the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center becoming the first female leader of the academy.

2018

Nebraska State Patrol promotes Major Brenda Konfrst to Commander of the Special Operations and Captilo Security/Executive Protection. Commander Konfrst becomes the first female troop commander.

2018

Omaha Fire Department promotes its first female Assistant Chief, Kathy Bossman. Bossman became the highest-ranking female in the history of her department.