SALT LAKE CITY – The Salt Lake City Police Department welcomed 11 new officers to the force during a swearing-in ceremony Friday.
Of those 11 recruits, only one is a woman.
Madison Deanne Sisco was the lone female to graduate from this police academy class.
“Madison, you are going to have a bigger impact on law enforcement in Salt Lake City than any chief will ever have,” said Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown. “You will be a great mentor and example to many, many young women.”
Officer Sisco welcomes those high expectations. She comes from a family with a law enforcement background.
“My grandpa was a police officer. Growing up, I would hear all his stories,” Sisco said. “He was hard working. He never gave up. He instilled that in me and my brother. Growing up, I just wanted to be more like him.”
She knows she is now in a position where she can make a difference in the community.
“I wanted to work a job that was meaningful,” Sisco said.
While serving the community is a big part of the job, Sisco realizes she has a venue where she can do even more. By earning the uniform and the badge, she is a role model for young girls hoping to pursue careers dominated by men.
“Just because you’re a woman, doesn’t mean you can’t work a certain job,” Sisco said. “A woman can do it. It doesn’t matter how small you are, how big you are. It doesn’t mean anything. You can do anything you put your mind to.”
Salt Lake City police say they are always looking for new recruits and welcome those who come from diverse backgrounds.