How did one young woman's personal experience lead her on the path to
a respected and lengthy career in law enforcement and self defense tactics?
I don't like bullies; and that's why I became a police officer in the first place. I was driven to become a police officer after encountering many situations with bullies during my teens. Standing only 5'2" as a police officer was a challenge for me.
I often heard, "You're too small" or "How are you going to take someone into custody?" and my favorite, "You sound like Minnie Mouse on the radio, can you change your voice?"
I saw the same mistakes people made while working in law enforcement that led them to become crime victims.
Learning martial arts and boxing gave me the confidence and mental boost I needed to overcome these stereotypes.
Later in my career, I taught police officers defensive tactics and taught hundreds of teenagers personal-safety training.
I heard from many students that the training I provided helped them become more confident, self-aware and empowered.
Their positive feedback encouraged me to create The Safety Class. Through this avenue I realized I could reach many more people in order to help them become more confident and empowered.