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JPD SWAT team now includes first woman ever

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The newest class of officers to make it through the grueling training it takes to become a SWAT Team officer were announced at the Jackson Police Department Headquarters on Thursday, among the five, the first woman to make the team. 

The JPD SWAT team has been in existence since 1971. Until today there has never been a woman as part of that team. That lady is Cossandra Felton.

“We are certainly proud that this particular accomplishment is taking place during our administration,” said Police Chief Lee Vance. “This accomplishment shows that females are more than equal they are outstanding members of this police department and law enforcement in general.

After completing a rigorous physical and mental evaluation these four men and one woman have become apart of the SWAT  Team.

They include, from the Jackson Police Department:

Ofc. Cossandra Felton
Ofc. Cornell Norman
Ofc. George Moore, Jr.
Cpl. William Wade
And from the Hinds Co Sheriff Office:
Dep. Keith Barnett, Jr.
Chief Vance said that currently the JPD has about 30 to 40 percent of it’s officers that are women. Until now, he said there has never been a woman who has been able to handle the training that it takes to become a SWAT Team member.
Officer Felton said she hopes what other women and young girls take from her achievement is to never give up and always go for what you want.
“Just try. Don’t doubt yourself, which is what I did at first, and why I didn’t try. Just don’t doubt yourself work at what you want and go get it,” said Felton.
She said she was heavily motivated by family and other members of the SWAT Team that believed that I could do it, which she said made her want to be apart of that “family” even more.
“It feels good, it feels good to be apart of it,” said Felton.

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