Carla Redd‘s recent honor as the first Black female Lieutenant of Rockford, Illinois was no fluke of a decision. Redd, who was formerly a Sergeant, obtains an admirable history with the Rockford Police, as her newest badge also reflects seventeen years of service with them.
Described as a “straight-talker with a big smile,” she was officially inducted on Tuesday at the Burpee Center at Rockford University. Her teammates Daniel Watton and Joe Givens, were also just minted as lieutenants and the celebratory event was full of other promotions and rewards for policemen and women who made the Illinois city proud.
Redd was humbled by her new position and thanked her parents for their continual encouragement. In particular, she recalled her mother’s words, “It wasn’t a matter of, ‘if you’re going to college to further advance yourself’… it was where are you going?'”
Yasss! Black girls rock!