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In law enforcement, motor officers are distinguished as the top 2 percent in the field. Female motor officers, like me, are the top 0.2 percent (roughly) of law enforcement—now that is an accomplishment! Of course, getting there wasn’t a walk in the park. I endured the required two weeks of physical and emotional drain (80 hours in the Florida heat) to become a certified motor officer. A fellow officer and retired Marine said of the Basic Motorcycle Officer Training class, “That was worse than SWAT school!”
Whichever unit of law enforcement an officer chooses—motors, mountain bikes, SWAT, range and water, school resource, etc.—training and certification are usually required. I believe the motors unit is in a class all its own. The motorcycle you ride as an officer will test your physical ability, your tolerance, your emotions and, most importantly, your mind. You may think, “I cannot possibly turn that bike around from a 90-degree angle with a wall two feet in front of me and keep both feet up.” But you can! It’s merely your mind thinking it cannot be done, but the bike will show you it can. You may fall or drop the bike (many times, in my case), but you will learn from each and every drop and fall that only you control where that motorcycle goes.
It seems women have to work harder to reach their goals, especially when choosing a professional field dominated by men. I am proof that women can reach those goals and expectations if they want to. Don’t ever give up—do what it is you want to do!
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