First Female Police Chief In Miami Gardens Proud To Clear Path For Others – CBS Miami
MIAMI (CBSMiami) – CBS4 continues to celebrate Women’s History Month throughout the month of March by highlighting women who smash the glass ceiling in our community, including Miami Gardens Chief Police Officer Chief Delma Noel-Pratt.
Boss Noel-Pratt, who has been in office for four years and has a long career as a law enforcement agency, said it all can be traced back to her experience as a crime victim at a young age.
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“I was about 9 years old when this happened,” recalls Noel-Pratt, who was a little girl who lived in Detroit. “My sister and I were walking to our house from a local store when we were robbed. He came up to us and hit my sister, she dropped the candy and he took the money and just ran away. “
She was not injured, but the incident turned Noel-Pratt into law enforcement.
Today she is the head of the Miami Gardens Police Department with more than 230 sworn officers and 130 civilians.
The first woman to head the department is married to a Miami City CSI supervisor and has three daughters.
“One happens to be 22 years old and has just graduated from a local university. My second daughter is 20 years old and attending a local college. And I have the family diva who is 17 preparing to graduate from a local high school, ”she said.
Like many women, Noel-Pratt tries to reconcile work and family.
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“When I leave work, I often think, ‘What am I cooking for dinner?’ I am the mother of 3 children and have to meet their needs. “
Noel-Pratt’s first law enforcement job was in the City of Miami, where she worked as a civil service assistant. After graduating from Police College, she joined the Miami-Dade Police Department, where she rose to the position of division head of Northern Operations.
In 2017, she became the first female chief of police in Miami Gardens.
Over the years she has earned the respect of male colleagues, but also learned that she always has to be on her A-game.
“Everything I did I knew was going to be scrutinized, so I always had to be 110 percent instead of 100 percent,” she explained.
It’s hard work and there’s a lot of pressure, but it’s worth being the first and opening up a path for others.
“I was just very proud and happy that I can be a role model for my 3 daughters and two that I can be a role model for other little girls out there.”
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Noel-Pratt has at least one other career goal ahead of him. She wants to study law to complete her law degree.