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NYPD Honors Asian Female Pioneer

World Journal, news, Posted: Aug 28, 2009

NEW YORK --- The city's first Asian-American policewoman, Agnes Chan, a 30-year veteran, was honored recently with the Lifetime Achievement Award, reports World Journal. Policing has always been considered a "white man's career," and in 1980 when Chan first joined the NYPD, there were only 35 Asian police officers in the department. Chan broke ethnic and gender stereotypes. Asian-American policewomen, such as current Deputy Inspector Ellen Chang and retired Detective Christine Leung, followed her. Although Asian and Pacific Islander police employees have increased to 2,695, they represent 5 percent of the total workforce, and Asian female cops are even fewer.


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