WFPD Honors Women’s History Month

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Detective Marisa Cervantes

Detective Marisa Cervantes joined the Wichita Falls Police Department in October of 2008.  She graduated from the 61st WFPD Police Academy as the only female in the class.

Detective Cervantes has worked all areas of Patrol as well as in the Gang Task and the Criminal Investigation Section.  She is currently a Detective with the Crimes against Persons Unit.

She has been awarded the Certificate of Merit and currently holds an Intermediate Peace Officers certification.

“Female Police officers make up 11% of Police Officers in the United States. To be a part of the 11% is an achievement that I am proud and honored to have met. Some people view females as the weaker sex, but truth be told, the requirement to be a Police Officer is the same, no matter if you’re a man or woman. Police Officers must meet both tough physical and mental standards to be able to work effectively and rescue people in dangerous situations. Although the Police industry is male dominated, once the uniform is on, we are all Police officers; there is no male or female. I think a positive attitude, willingness to work hard, and always fight for the greater good is key. My hope is to encourage and motivate young ladies to see that even if the percentage is low, if you work hard and want something, anything is achievable.”

In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family, working out and hanging out with friends.

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