Sheryl Robinson, the new federal monitor of the Detroit Police Department, decided at age 8 that she wanted to become a lawyer, the Detroit Free Press says in a profile. With a father who moved frequently with the Army, Robinson spent her childhood in Texas, Colorado, Germany and Maryland. Now 37, she works for the global risk-management company Kroll Inc.
Robinson is prepared for rumblings about her age. “The legal profession is male dominated; law enforcement is male dominated,” she said. “I’m certainly used to being the only female in the room, sometimes the only African American in the room. One of the first things Robinson plans to do is sit down with police unions and listen to their views on the department. She also plans to attend community meetings to hear the public’s concerns. The largest of the unions, the Detroit Police Officers Association, has launched a radio ad campaign attacking Police Chief Jerry Oliver.
Detroit is the second police department Kroll monitors, the first being Los Angeles. Robinson will assemble a team of experts to review all kinds of factors, ranging from jails and use of force to the department’s data management systems.