It was in Madison, Wisconsin that Paula discovered the magic of NAWLEE, and she was hooked. The training provided at that conference helped make Paula a competitive candidate for her first promotional process just a few months later.
Paula was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2001, the first female promoted in the history of her department. She returned to the patrol bureau as a sergeant from 2001-2005.
In 2005 Paula became the Patrol Administrative Sergeant, supervising the Crime Prevention Team, the Telephone Reporting Unit, and School Resource Officers. Paula did the research and development for the Citizen Police Academy, Telephone Reporting Unit, a summer youth academy called Street Smarts, and she re-instituted the Wheat Ridge Police Department’s Neighborhood Watch, Walk and Watch, and Senior Safety programs. Paula returned to the Patrol Operations Division in 2009.
Collateral assignments during her career have included supervising the liquor enforcement team, serving as a firearms instructor, coordinating the Field Training Program, and acting as the department liaison to the Wheat Ridge Liquor Authority.
Paula holds both a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
In mid-2010 Paula was selected to fill the position of Associate Member at Large on the NAWLEE Board, after Lieutenant Tamara Kowalski had been promoted out of this role.
Paula has been a member of NAWLEE since 2000. She is extraordinarily grateful for the networking opportunities and friendships that NAWLEE has provided her over the years, and she looks forward to working enthusiastically for NAWLEE!