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Beautiful Downtown Casper, Wyoming

Beautiful Downtown Casper, Wyoming (Photo credit: J. Stephen Conn)

What is your name and department/agency?

Kathryn Davison, Casper, Wyoming Police Department

Please give us a little background about yourself, i.e., family, education, hobbies, etc.

I was born in Minnesota, but in the early ‘70s my parents moved west. Most of my childhood was spent on a ranch in a small town in Wyoming where I was in 4-H and played sports. I went to the University of Wyoming and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing. I have been a peace officer since 1997. My most rewarding assignment was as a detective. However, I love the drama and dynamics of patrol as well.  The two positions are too opposite to compare. My favorite time is enjoying my family life with my loving husband, James, a former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver, and my wonderful daughter, Madyson.

When and why did you decide to become involved in law enforcement?

I was interested in crime and mysteries at a young age, but I didn’t look into the career until 1991. I thought long and hard before deciding to test with my agency.

What is your present assignment?

I am assigned to patrol, with special assignments as a Training Officer, Hostage Negotiator and Evidence Technician.

What do you like most about your job?

Being a peace officer, you experience crazy, abnormal behavior on a daily basis. The dynamics of the job keep it interesting, as well as the adrenaline highs and lows. The most likeable facet of the job is that if you think you have seen everything, something happens the next day to surprise you.

What do you like least about your job?

The decline of the family structure, it seems to deteriorate daily, which is very disappointing.  Seeing children hurt and abused is the most difficult thing I have encountered, and I only hope I can make a difference when I am faced with their burdens.

How does your family feel about you being in law enforcement?

My daughter is used to the danger aspect of it, if she even comprehends it, however, she doesn’t like the shift work and seeing her mother only certain days. My husband is very supportive, but I think he would like me to have “normal” hours and less danger.

Do you think the consensus is that law enforcement is a man’s job? If so, have you had difficulty being accepted as an equal?

New officers always have to prove themselves. For women, that burden is even heavier. I’ve worked hard and think I have earned my place. My co-workers treat me with respect.  Women may always be labeled as physically inferior to men, but our intelligence makes us our agency’s biggest asset.  Women can work on their fitness, but gaining intelligence? Well, let’s just say I would rather work hard on fitness and have intelligence and common sense on board naturally.

What would you like the public to know about your job?

I would like the public to know that we look evil in the face every day and hope they never have to experience it. I truly feel an obligation to protect the citizens of my community.

If you had to do it over again, would you choose law enforcement as a career?

I don’t regret my decision to choose law enforcement. However, after seeing and experiencing the reality of the streets, I miss the naiveté of believing that Ward and June Cleaver were normal people. You can’t erase the difficult things we encounter.

Is there anything you’d like to add?

Being a peace officer has been very rewarding, and I truly feel I am a public servant entrusted to enforce the law and fight evil. Call me old-fashioned, if you will, or even a dreamer, but I prefer to think of myself as, “A Crusader for Good.”