LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – It’s a first for the Lexington Police Department.
The department announced on Thursday Thomasena Grider became its first African-American female sergeant.
Grider joined the department 13 years ago.
She interned with the department but she says it was a ride-along with officer Jennifer Lube to convinced her to apply.
She says she remembers Lube pulling over a semi-truck and was impressed with how the officer took control and handled the situation.
“[Lube] got back in the car, and I was like, ‘Yep, I think this is what I want to do,’” Grider recalls.
Grider is a graduate of Dunbar High School and the University of Kentucky.
She says she’s looking forward to working with her new squad, and she’s proud to be a role model for others.