First Female Police Officer

On January 21, 1916, Laura Kinkead was hired as the first female police officer in St. Louis.  She was given a badge but was not permitted to wear a uniform or a gun. 

This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.

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