COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - September 14 is National Policewoman Day, but this is a role College Station Assistant Chief Brandy Norris honors every day, by not necessarily thinking about her status as a gender-minority on the force.
"I only thought about it in the beginning, when I was considering getting into law enforcement," Norris said. "I had parents who were supportive, but cautionary."
Still, Norris says she knew she never doubted herself, even when the going got tough.
"The challenges I faced were the same ones everyone else faced," said Norris. "And once my colleagues saw they could rely on me, that was what mattered."
Norris says she and her fellow females on the force are just as capable, but she also says those capabilities are sometimes different.
"If there's a 350-pound somebody, I'm not going to be able to overpower him," Norris said. "I've got to use my brains and my speaking abilities. We bring a different dynamic to a scene."
For that and for several reasons, Norris says she would love to see more women on the force.
"We need to be encouraging our young women and girls to consider this as a career," said Norris, "and making sure they know they can do this."