ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Winnebago County’s newest Deputy Chief broke down barriers- and through a glass ceiling- to earn the title. Tammie Stanley has become the first woman to attain the position of Deputy Chief.
“It did take a lot of determination, dedication, and a lot hard work, to get to where I am today,” Stanley says.
The Northern Illinois University grad is a long time veteran of the department, starting as a Corrections Officer 16 years ago.
She most recently served as Lieutenant of the County’s Machesney Park division.
In her new role, Deputy Chief Stanley is hoping to strengthen the department’s dedication to community policing. With law enforcement coming under the microscope earlier this year, she thinks building strong relationships with the public is more important than ever.
“This weekend we have shop with a cop, neighborhood watch groups we need to get back into. In the summertime our block parties, that we just need to engage the community,” she said. “So they just don’t see us as arresting somebody and taking their family member away to jail. We do help people- that’s why most of us got into this profession is to help people.”
Stanley said she hopes she can inspire girls to pursue their dreams.
“Don’t be afraid of it. I grew up with all boys. I grew up with a brother and a couple of cousins, so I was kind of used to it,” she said. “Everyone, actually, has to prove themselves. I don’t just have to be a woman. Men have to prove themselves in this profession, and it obviously just takes hard work, dedication and determination, and you can move up also.”
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