Women in Law Enforcement: Maryland State Police

Women in Law Enforcement: Maryland State Police

"I never wanted to be a female trooper, I just wanted to be a trooper," said Sgt. Cain.

HAGERSTOWN, Md. - Currently, there are 1,490 sworn troopers with Maryland State Police and only seven percent of them are women. In Hagerstown, the percentage is even lower but for one sergeant she said her gender isn't a label for who she is or the job she does.

For 20 years, Sergeant Stacey Cain has worn the MSP badge and for many of them, she's always been the only woman. But she's never let her gender define who she is.

"I never wanted to be a female trooper, I just wanted to be a trooper," said Sgt. Cain.

Sgt. Cain is one of five sergeants in the Hagerstown Barracks where she works as a duty officer with four troopers and one corporal during a shift.

"Obviously, I've always worked with men. I've never even worked with another female but I don't think any of them would tell you there's any difference working for me or working for a male sergeant," said Sgt. Cain.

Since she was 16-years-old, Sgt. Cain said she wanted to be a state trooper so she could help people and make an impact in their lives even if it was in some unusual ways.

"Even when you arrest people sometimes you are helping them," said Sgt. Cain. "I've had two people that I can specifically think of that I've seen later and they said trooper if you hadn't arrested me, I don't know where I would be right now. I might be dead. I might be in jail, they, that had been a turning point."

Cain said as a state trooper, they often face tragedy on a regular basis such as a crime or a serious accident. But its those moments she said that can change you.

"After 20 years, I have seen some horrible things that I wish I hadn't," said Cain. "But I've also seen some really great things and I've worked with some incredible people that I'm very lucky to have known and wouldn't have known otherwise."

But throughout her career, she's always felt like an equal member of this brotherhood.

Sgt. Cain has been working in the Hagerstown Barracks for nine years and she said there was time when she was the only female trooper between Frederick and Garrett counties. Since then, another woman has joined the force in the area.

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