What Makes A Successful Female Officer

While these women are often very different from each other, they all seem to share some general traits, so here are my personal observations.

They are warriors.  Successful women police officers understand the nature of warrior ethos and embrace a warrior mindset.  They study the traits and habits of those who win professionally, tactically and personally.  They are optimistic, they expect good things and they nurture a belief system that fuels motivation and hard work.  They are persistent, they set and pursue their goals and they tackle problems head-on.  They understand the nature of sacrifice.  They value their own life and the lives of those they serve, and they are as prepared to take a life as they are to save one. 

These are just a few of the characteristics that I’ve observed in so many of the truly successful women warriors that I have worked with, trained with, and commiserated with, and I look forward to hearing yours!  In the mean time, stay safe. 


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About The Author:

Sgt. Betsy Brantner Smith is a 29-year veteran of a large suburban Chicago police department. Recently retired as a patrol supervisor, she has held positions in patrol, investigations, narcotics, juvenile, crime prevention and field training. As a sergeant, she supervised her department's K-9 Unit, served as a field training sergeant, recruitment team sergeant, bike patrol coordinator, the Crowd Control Bike Team supervisor, and supervisor of the Community Education/Crime Prevention Unit.

As a patrol sergeant, Betsy served on the Elderly Services Team, the Crisis Intervention Team, and was a supervisory member of the Honor Guard Unit. From 1999 - 2003 Betsy hosted various programs for the Law Enforcement Television Network and served as a content expert.

A graduate of the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety's School of Staff and Command, Betsy writes for numerous law enforcement and government publications including and is a regular columnist for many police websites including Police Link. A content expert and instructor for the Calibre Press "Street Survival" seminar since 2003, Betsy also serves as an on-air commentator and advisor for Police One TV and was a featured character in the Biography Channel’s “Female Forces” reality show. Betsy has been a law enforcement trainer for over 20 years and is a popular keynote speaker at conferences throughout the United States and Canada and beyond.

Betsy is the lead instructor for the Calibre Press “Street Survival for Women” seminar and manages Dave Smith & Associates. Together, Betsy and Dave teach courses through “Winning Mind Seminars,” an Illinois based company. She can be reached through her website at www.femaleforces.com.

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