Pioneering Policewoman Patricia Lord '74 Retiring, Profiled in Newspaper
August 19, 2004
August 19, 2004, Greencastle, Ind. - "When Pat Lord joined the Lake Forest Police Department in 1976, she had to wear male shoes, pants and shirts because no uniforms existed for women," begins a story in the Lake Forester of suburban Chicago, profiling the 1974 graduate of DePauw University. "While that changed quickly, Lord still had no place to dress. The public safety building got a women's locker room only after renovations in the mid-1990s. 'There were no female facilities other than a bathroom off of communications,' she said. 'I basically came to work in uniform every day.' While the department made great strides in accommodating women, Deputy Chief Lord -- the highest-ranking and longest-serving woman the department has ever had and only the second female deputy chief appointed in Lake County -- will retire August 31 after serving 28 years on the force."
Lindsay Beller writes, "Although female police officers were a rarity in the 1970s, Lord never intended to be a pioneer. 'It's not like I was trying to be an activist,' she said. 'I just said give me a chance.' Lord's interest in law enforcement developed after majoring in sociology at DePauw University in Indiana, where school projects focused on areas of corrections and parole."
Lake Forest Police Chief Mike Hosking tells the newspaper, "She's set a high standard not just for female officers, but for male officers as well. Her gender hasn't been significant in helping her with her job or hampering it."
Once retired, Lord "will devote her time to developing further an online antique and collectibles business she began six years ago. But what will the longtime officer miss most? 'I'm going to miss most the challenges,' she said. 'Dealing with anything that comes across my desk.'"
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