As of last year, there were only 212 female police chiefs in the U.S., under 2 percent of the total, says the National Center for Women and Policing. Less than five months after taking over as Country Club Hills, Il.’s first female police chief, Regina Evans was thrust into the spotlight last week when her small suburban police force played a pivotal role in the investigation of political figure Christopher Kelly’s apparent overdose death, reports the Chicago Tribune.
Under Evans, 46, a Chicago native with 22 years experience in the Chicago Police Department, Country Club Hills is turning up the heat on gangs, drug dealers, slum landlords, and prostitutes. She re-established the suburb’s neighborhood watch program, modeling it after the Chicago Alternatives for Policing Strategy (CAPS) program, and she and her staff frequently meet with residents and aldermen. Major cities such as San Francisco, Detroit, Boston and Washington, D.C., have had, or currently have, female police chiefs.