City of Smyrna's first female cop retires after 40 years of service

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Credit: City of Smyrna

After 40 years of service, Smyrna's first female police officer is retiring.

Mary Katherine "K-K" Wrozier began as a patrol-woman with the Smyrna Police Department in 1976. At the time, she was the first female officer to join the force. According to the Smyrna Historical and Genealogical Society, initial reactions by fellow officers varied from pleasant surprise to slight suspicion. Today, she is a detective working in the Crimes Investigation Division, working with crimes against children, crimes by children and assists in major crimes. Forty years after her historic hire, Detective Wrozier will be retiring from the police force where she started at the end of June.

While Detective Wrozier officially retires at the end of the month, she will still be around the office wrapping up cases she still has pending. She also plans to continue being a trailblazer and a woman of firsts by becoming the first reserve officer for Smyrna.

She credits her mother for her life of service and illustrious career. "My mother said I can do and be anything I want. When others told me not to do it and that it wasn't for women, she always told me I can do it. And I did."