It's no secret there are more men than women in the law enforcement field.. especially out in oil country.
Reporter Macy Egeland introduces us to one female deputy with the Stark County Sheriff's Department.
For about a year now.. Deputy Samantha Ruane has been patrolling these streets..
"I haven't had any problems with it. I do love it. It's kind of nice being special to some degree...The guys are all great and they treat you just like one of the other guys," Deputy Sam Ruane said.
"She's definitely part of the family, part of the brotherhood," Deputy Jesse Hoff said.
A bond that began in training.. When Sam was held to the same standard as the men.
"The academy was the exact same for everybody the only difference was during agility testing as females we get to do pushups on our knees rather than straight leg but other than that everything was exactly the same everyone learns the same defensive tactics same pressure points same take down stuff there wasn't anything altered to us," she said.
"Samantha with the sheriff's department.. The reason I stopped you is because your tail light is out."
"From my perspective she works better with certain suspects or certain people involved in different situations like you take a domestic violence, there's usually a male and a female party in that and they'll react differently talking to a female officer as opposed to a male," Deputy Jesse Hoff said.
Stark County Sheriff Clarence Tuhy agrees, saying female officers play an important role.
"I've always been a believer in having one female officer on each shift if possible, but there aren't too many of them that are going into the law enforcement field," Sheriff Tuhy said.
So few, in fact, that Deputy Sam is the one and only female deputy in the Sheriff's Department.
"Get that fixed as soon as you can.. Drive safe."
There's no telling how long she'll remain the only female on staff.. could be weeks, maybe even years..
But, as her coworkers will tell you, the streets are safer under Deputy Sam's patrol.
In Dickinson, Macy Egeland, KX News.
Deputy Ruane is originally from Arizona and is the only person in her family in law enforcement.
She says she wanted to live somewhere that has a cold winter and plans to stick around the area.
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