In addition, five "aerial policewomen" were appointed as reserve officers. Alice wanted to become a police officer because she was particularly concerned about the welfare of women and children, and she felt their needs and safety were not being given the attention they deserved.
From to she was a pastor in PerryOklahoma. The matrons played a vital role in the system, but they did not patrol, nor did they have the ability to arrest anyone. The Los Angeles Herald reported: Alice Stebbins Wells set the precedent as a female police officer as the one who blazed the trail and revealed the true potential and power of a woman with a badge.
Such work is delegated solely to policewomen, who, by their womanly sympathy and intuition, are able to gain the confidence of their younger sisters. Early career Sincelaw enforcement agencies had employed women only for the care of female prisoners.
She founded the Pan-Pacific Association for mutual Understanding in and this group met regularly. By Octoberthere were three policewomen and three police matrons in the Department. She studied theology and criminology at Hartford Seminary, and she served as a student pastor and social welfare worker in the Northeast.
She began her mission to protect and serve in when she was sworn in as an officer and given the first ever police woman badge. Officer Wells does vie with two other women for the "first" spot for American women in law enforcement.
The organization took an official stand on what the women should be called: Wells Believed Women Belonged in Law Enforcement Somewhere along the line—perhaps in her work as a pastor—she developed the belief that there were people in need of help in environments where male policemen could not be effective.
This is due in part because policewomen were thought to be better at defusing potentially violent situations than policemen. Among First Policewomen Alice Stebbins Wells was among the earliest women hired to work in law enforcement in the United States.
Wells was assigned to work with the LAPDs first juvenile officer, and was quickly subject of an order issued by the force that ruled that young women could now only be questioned by female police officers.
But she will have to conform to the regulations of the department just like any other member of the force. As no appropriate female uniform existed, she sewed her own, a floor length skirt and jacket. Three years later, Mrs. That museum still exists today.
Nationwide publicity and retirement The appointment of Wells had attracted nationwide attention. At the time, women were mainly employed in law enforcement as matrons in institutions for women and juveniles.
At times, she was called into investigations involving children or women. As more policewomen followed in her footsteps, Alice founded the International Policewoman Association to connect with and encourage other women in the field. Not only was the measure passed, but on September 12,Mrs.
She was intrigued by religion and wanted to learn more about the philosophy behind it. Ten other policewomen in full dress uniform served as the Honor Guard. Inshe founded the "Minnie Barton Home. Wells went on to become the founder and first president of the International Association of Police Women, and traveled America and Canada to promote female officers.
The petition succeeded, and the appointment was made in September Wells died in And soon sixteen other cities and several foreign countries added women because of her work.
A reporter for The Albany Times wrote: Attending her funeral service as pallbearers were Deputy Chief Frank E. Having been sworn in on September 12,Wells eventually retired in That class became a reality in the summer of On August 14,Wells addressed a group of LA clubwomen to give them tips:Alice G.
Wells is an American diplomat and former Ambassador of the United States of America to Jordan. Early life and education. Wells was born in Beirut, Lebanon to Heidi and Wes Wells.
Her father was at the time a U.S. Army officer stationed there as part of President Eisenhower's Middle East Task Force. Alice Stebbins Wells (June 13, – August 17, ) was the first American-born female police officer in the United States, hired in in Los Angeles.
Career Early career. Alice was a graduate of Oberlin College and Hartford Theological Seminary, where a study she. Alice Stebbins Wells was born in Manhattan Kansas on June 13, Mrs.
Well’s was the first American born female to be hired as a police woman with arrest powers. Alice S. Wells: Among First Policewomen.
Alice Stebbins Wells () was among the earliest women hired to work in law enforcement in the United States. Alice Stebbins Wells (June 13, —August 17, ) was the first ever female officer in Los Angeles. Previously a minister in Kansas, Wells joined the Los Angeles Police Department after petitioning the mayor, police commissioner and the Los Angeles city council in order to better aid other women and children who were victims of crime.
Alice Stebbins Wells () was the first policewoman in the United States with the power to arrest. Spreading the Word About Policewomen Being appointed as the first policewoman with arrest.Download