For the first time in its nearly 200-year history, the Orange County Sheriff‘s Office has promoted a black woman to one of the department’s highest leadership positions. The department held an awards ceremony on Friday for new Chief Deputy Denise Demps, the sheriff’s office’s fourth-highest ranking officer and the first-ever black woman in the position. “I just think it’s great to be able to be the first, I don’t expect to be the last,” Demps said. “So the crack in the ceiling is there, but I want everyone, every woman behind who wants to aspire to be deputy chief, to completely break the glass in the ceiling.” Demps’ chief deputy rose through the ranks and paid her dues on patrol, undercover narcotics, child abuse investigations and internal affairs. Today, she is in charge of several divisions. “I’m the only one at the highest level of management, so it’s exciting to have that perspective at the table and to think about what we need to do to be more equitable and make sure everyone is represented at the table. table,” she said of being the only woman in a leadership role. As an Orlando native, Demps hopes to be an example to her community. “It means a lot because first of all to be a woman in this career which is a male dominated career, but we have a place here in law enforcement and we really need us,” he said. she declared. Demps also has a younger sister in the department and she said they didn’t do it alone, thanking their mother. “She was a huge help to us in giving us the great foundation to be the strong women that we are, to be able to succeed in life, to see that there are no borders, that we are capable of do what we want,” she said. Chief Deputy Demps has a long history of serving his community. She deployed in several wars as a member of the army reserve.

For the first time in its nearly 200-year history, the Orange County Sheriff‘s Office has promoted a black woman to one of the department’s highest leadership positions.

The department held an awards ceremony on Friday for new Chief Deputy Denise Demps, the sheriff’s office’s fourth-highest ranking officer and the first-ever black woman in the position.

“I just think it’s great to be able to be the first, I don’t expect to be the last,” Demps said. “So the crack in the ceiling is there, but I want everyone, every woman behind who wants to aspire to be deputy chief, to completely break the glass in the ceiling.”

Demps’ chief deputy rose through the ranks and paid her dues on patrol, undercover narcotics, child abuse investigations and internal affairs. Today, she is in charge of several divisions.

“I’m the only one at the highest level of management, so it’s exciting to have that perspective at the table and to think about what we need to do to be more equitable and make sure everyone is represented at the table. table,” she said of being the only woman in a leadership role.

As an Orlando native, Demps hopes to be an example to her community.

“It means a lot because first of all to be a woman in this career which is a male dominated career, but we have a place here in law enforcement and we really need us,” he said. she declared.

Demps also has a younger sister in the department and she said they didn’t do it alone, thanking their mother.

“She was a huge help to us in giving us the great foundation to be the strong women that we are, to be able to succeed in life, to see that there are no borders, that we are capable of do what we want,” she said.

Chief Deputy Demps has a long history of serving his community. She deployed in several wars as a member of the Army Reserve.

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