First Woman Las Vegas Metro Police Officer since 1974
On March 21, 1981, I joined 27 graduates as we passed the final inspection before being assigned to patrol the streets of Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Sun newspaper reported, “The graduating class was especially significant to Metro officials, since it includes the first new woman police officer since 1974. Four women entered the academy class in October, but Debra Gauthier was the only one who completed the grueling course”.
“Attorney General Richard Bryan, guest speaker at the morning graduation ceremony, told the new officers and others that ‘in nearly every city across this country, the number of violent crimes jumped sharply in 1980. Clark County Sheriff John McCarthy also spoke to the graduates, all of whom had completed the 16-week training course and were about to be assigned to a number of Southern Nevada law enforcement agencies. McCarthy told them their work just the beginning.
|Posted by Debra Gauthier on December 12, 2012|
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I was assigned to the home of Herbert “Fat Herbie” Blitzstein at 2675 Martin Court in Las Vegas. As we made entry, we took Blitzstein and his 29-year-old son Richard into custody for state and federal charges. Blitzstein, who ran rackets for the Chicago mob, was charged with conspiracy to use counterfeit credit cards and conspiracy to receive stolen federal property.
|Posted by Debra Gauthier on December 27, 2012|
When I was working as a Lieutenant on duty as the Watch Commander I received a call that Metro officers were in pursuit of a fugitive from California. I tuned my radio to their frequency and learned that a woman had called the police reporting a man, who was driving a stolen government vehicle from Los Angeles, had pointed a gun at her. Our officers spotted the vehicle and the chase was on.
As the Lieutenant my responsibility was to monitor the pursuit and call it off if it became too dangerous and a liability. Because the suspect presented a danger to the public and was a wanted subject out of LA it was imperative that he be apprehended for the safety and well being of others. Officers pursued him 50 miles on the interstate headed to Utah. I radioed ahead and had officers stop traffic while we put the tire spikes across the interstate. When the suspect came to that area and ran over the spikes all four tires were blown and he quickly came to a stop along the roadside. He was quickly taken into custody without incident and arrested for fugitive-from-justice in connection with the vehicle theft, reckless driving and evading a police vehicle.
With bad guy in custody and everyone safe I headed back to Vegas, a good day in the life of a cop!
|Edited by Debra Gauthier on December 27, 2012|
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“Former cop pens book detailing time as one of department’s first female patrol officers” Click Here to view this article!
|Debra Gauthier on June 6, 2012|
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