Women in Policing
The Irving Police Department offers outstanding career opportunities for women, thanks to a training program that uses the most advanced technology and equipment.
With its strong emphasis on teamwork, two-way communication, productive problem-solving and job security, law enforcement is a fulfilling profession for thousands of women across the country.
Female officers have been serving with the Irving Police Department since 1974. Read some of their stories of dedication, honor and compassion.
Officer Kathedra Franklin was hired in 2006. She chose a career in law enforcement because she wanted a challenging career where every day would provide a variety of experiences. Because she thrives on change, she also wanted a career which would be completely different from working in an office environment. Officer James' career in law enforcement has given her an exciting opportunity to learn something new every day.
She says, “I love being a police officer because nothing is the same.” She says she also enjoys the opportunity to work in different divisions within the department. Franklin says, “I love having a career now instead of just a job.”
During college, Officer Nicholle Rentschler's work in hospital security placed her in close contact with both the medical examiner and local police officers. From her perspective, the police had more fun, an impression which eventually led to her become an Irving Police Officer in July 1993.
Her assignments have been varied, ranging from Patrol and Communications to the Criminal Investigations Division. She particularly enjoys her current assignment in auto theft since she spent a lot of time as a teenager working with her father both on and under cars. She is equally comfortable crawling under vehicles searching for engine or transmission numbers as she is comparing notes with other auto theft investigators throughout the DFW Metroplex.
Her career with the Irving Police Department has allowed her to combine a career she loves with having a family while also allowing her to pursue other interests important to her. She not only runs and weight trains but has a black belt in Ninjutsu. Her 2003 participation in the annual Police / Fire Hockey Game rekindled her interest in that sport, and she now plays weekly in a local hockey league.
Officer Rentschler has eight commendations attesting to her excellent work with the department, as well as a safe-driving award and a life-saving award.