On September 12, 1910, an American woman named Alice Stebbins Wells was sworn in to the Los Angeles Police Department as the first female police officer.
Before she was hired, Wells had to petition the mayor, police commissioner, and the city council of Los Angeles. She was an advocate for female police officers worldwide, particularly spreading her message throughout North America. In 1915, she founded the International Policewomen’s Association, paving the way for female police officers everywhere.
Originally thought to be the first ever, it was uncovered that an Irishwoman named Marie Owens served as a member of the Chicago Police Force starting in 1891.