The Phoenix Police Department strives to hire, retain, and cultivate women in our organization. Currently, women make up about 13% of sworn officers on the department and we'd like to see that number grow. We've put together some information about what it's like to be a woman on the Phoenix Police Department and more about where they've come from, where they are now, and where they want to go. The police officers of Phoenix must be ready to respond to emergencies at a moment’s notice. They are called upon to make quick, life-saving decisions to keep the public safe. A career in public safety can be extremely exciting, demanding and rewarding.
Meet some of the faces of the Phoenix Police Department
Officer Sheree Lee
Sheree Lee is a Police Officer with the City of Phoenix Police Department. She received a bachelor's degree in broadcasting from Arizona State University. After she realized her lifelong dream was to become a police officer, she applied for the Phoenix Police Department and started the police academy in 2007. After serving four years in patrol she became the Community Programs Officer for the South Mountain Precinct where she worked extensively with members of the community and was a resource for neighborhoods within the precinct. She is currently assigned as a detective to the Mayor's Protection Detail where she provides security to the Mayor of Phoenix which is the 6th largest city in the United States.
Officer Lee has served on temporary assignment to several areas within the police department to include: Traffic Bureau, Child Crimes, Neighborhood Enforcement Team, VICE, and Silent Witness. She has received extensive training in investigations of criminal activity and is a member of the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association.
Officer Lee was born and raised in Arizona and currently resides in Gilbert with her husband of 12 years and 2 young children.
Officer Brandy Carter
Officer Brandy Carter is a valley native, she was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona. Officer Carter always knew she wanted a career in law and decided her calling was that of a Police Officer instead of a lawyer. She was hired on as a Phoenix Police Officer in 2003 when she was 21 years old. She has spent her entire career in the Maryvale Precinct. It is one of the busiest and most fast paced parts of the city. Her first couple years were spent on third shift, where most officers start their careers. The intenseness of the calls, scenes, and people provided her with tremendous experience and allowed her officer skills to grow in ways she never thought she could. Officer Carter has served several temporary assignments doing undercover work within the Drug Enforcement Bureau.
In 2008 Officer Carter wanted to take her physical fitness to another level not only to be prepared for patrol but for anything life threw at her. Officer Carter began to compete in bodybuilding competitions and made it to the national level. Although she has yet to make a professional appearance in the sport it did provide her with a hobby outside of work.
Officer Carter is the mother to a 9 year old daughter and is married to a Phoenix Police Officer. She emphasizes the importance in this career of having the support of your significant other. Officer Carter and her husband have the understanding of each other's positions and support each other to make promotions or test for different details.
Officer Carter has become a better, more confident person through the years as a Phoenix Police Officer and she wouldn't change her choice to become part of this department.
For additional information or to see what women in law enforcement are doing around the state please visit: https://azwin.org/