PRECINCT 444 Podcast

A Podcast of The National Law Enforcement Museum

Breaking the Blue Ceiling, Part 1


On this edition of Encore, we’re looking back at Breaking the Blue Ceiling, originally introduced live on December 9 of 2020. As part of Women’ History Month, we invite you to take a listen to this high-profile panel of women and men in law enforcement as they discuss the challenges of the recruitment of female officers, and the unique experiences that women face in their roles to serve and protect.

This is a three-part series, with part 1 beginning with opening remarks by the Memorial Fund’s CEO, Marcia Ferranto, and keynote speaker, Senator Maggie Hassan, followed by individual introductions from each panelist.


Career Resources:

Police Departments

Baltimore County (MD) Police Department

Connecticut State Police

NYPD, New York

Madison (WI) Police Department

Milwaukee (WI) Police Department

Aurora (IL) Police Department


Federal Agencies

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Drug Enforcement Administration


Law Enforcement Associations

Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)

Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA)

International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)

National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE)

National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)

  • The Honorable Maggie Hassan, Senator, United States Senate, Washington D.C.
  • Director Regina Lombardo, Director, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)
  • James Dinkins, President, Thomson Reuters Special Services
  • Chief Melissa R. Hyatt, Baltimore County Police, Maryland
  • Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw, Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania
  • Lynda Williams, National President, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)
  • Chief Kristen Ziman, Aurora Police Department, Illinois