Women in Law Enforcement

Women in law enforcement throughout the world is not new. Women have been serving and protecting for over 200 years, from the time Rose Fortune was self-appointed in 1795 in Nova Scotia.


Jewell AllenCache County even has its early experience with a female deputy. Twenty year old Jewell S. Allen was sworn as a Cache County Sheriff's Deputy in 1930 and served for two years under Sheriff W. H. Shaw. She had many duties such as doing office paper work, serving civil papers, answering the phone, and watching prisoners.


In the modern 2005 Cache County Sheriff's Office, 26 sworn women serve as deputies for Sheriff G. Lynn Nelson (this does not include civilians, secretaries and nurses.) There are four sergeants, two patrol deputies, one deputy assigned to the civil department and twenty two deputies who work in the jail. The women in today’s Sheriff Office don’t have “special” duties; they work alongside of and perform the same duties as their male counter-parts.


Traffic StopFemale deputies at the Sheriff’s Office say; “the job is a good one, because of the stability and the people you work with”, “a key benefit of the job are the opportunities that exist for women and the movement up the ranks if you are qualified.”


The Sheriff and his female deputies welcome women to apply and test with the office and also encourage them to come in and check into a career with Cache County Sheriff's Office.