100+ attend WCSO’s women in law enforcement event

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – The Washington County Tennessee Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) held an event focused on the importance of women in law enforcement Thursday.

The event was attended by more than 100 women in law enforcement representing agencies from across the area, some coming from as far away as Chattanooga. All women working in the field were welcome to attend, including police officers, deputies, corrections officers, probation officers, judges and others.

Men in command staff roles were also encouraged to attend to gain more understanding of their female coworkers. Washington County Sheriff Keith Sexton was in attendance.

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The all-day event was held at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough. Featured speaker Karen Ashley, a veteran law enforcement officer from Arizona, addressed the crowd and shared her thoughts on how women have progressed in the field.

A panel of women who had spent years in law enforcement shared their insights and encouraged their fellow women to continue to grow in their roles.

“Part of this is educational,” said Sergeant Joy Shoun of the WCSO, who organized the event. “We learn how we do things and where our strengths are, and it’s OK to understand what your weakness is. Those are just things that you can improve on.”

Lunch was provided at the free event.

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