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HPD Featured in National Women in Law Enforcement Campaign

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The City of Hilliard Division of Police has been selected to appear in a national campaign highlighting women in law enforcement.

Galls, a leading U.S. supplier of uniforms and equipment for public safety professionals, launched its Women in Law Enforcement campaign on Friday with an emphasis on “Helping Communities With Compassion.”

Hilliard police’s Sgt. Suzy Muraco, Sgt. Maggie Reed, and Detective Kristen Winter were interviewed for the series.

“Any time a well-known, national organization highlights Hilliard police, we know we’re doing something right,” said Chief of Police Michael Woods. “We’re proud of the diversity within our agency, and we’re proud of the service these women have provided to the Hilliard community.”

Sgt. Muraco, a Hilliard native, has served as a Hilliard Division of Police officer since 1995. She is a multi-state-certified instructor specializing in self-defense, firearms, and patrol tactics, and has instructed at Columbus State Community College Police Academy for more than 20 years.

Additionally, she is an instructor for HPD’s Women’s Self Defense and Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) programs. Muraco was promoted to sergeant in 2014.

Sgt. Reed joined Hilliard police in 2015 after several years working as an investigator of money laundering at a bank. She grew up in Erie, Pa., where she earned a bachelor’s degree in intelligence studies at Mercyhurst University. She recently earned a master’s degree in public administration from Franklin University.

She has served in several ancillary assignments during her time at HPD, including as a member of the bike patrol and instructor in the defensive tactics and women’s self-defense programs. She was promoted in sergeant in 2020.

Detective Winter joined Hilliard police in 2014 after several years serving as a probation officer and pre-sentence investigator in the court system. She grew up in Lima, Ohio. She earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Bowling Green State University and is pursuing a master’s degree in forensic psychology.

She has served as a member of the bike and crash investigation units and is currently a criminal investigator specializing in sexual assault cases and death investigations.

“Research suggests that communities perceive women officers as more compassionate, see better outcomes from victims of crime, and bring a different perspective to policing overall,” according to the Galls website. “We, as a society, can always benefit from more compassion, positivity, and representation of women in law enforcement.”

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