CPSO gains first ever female motorcycle officer - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

CPSO gains first ever female motorcycle officer

CPSO gains first ever female motorcycle officer

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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Five local Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies became new motorcycle officers during their motorcycle testing this afternoon and for the first time in CPSO history, a woman will be joining the crew.

“They get to participate in our motor details which is something that most of them would want to do but few of them are able to,” said CPSO commander James McGee.

Keeba Barber of Lake Charles is the departments first ever female to participate in their annual Harley Davidson motorcycle testing course and the first female to pass.

“The hardest part was telling myself that I can do this,” said Barber.

Barber took part in the 80 hour course which required her to learn multiple motorcycle maneuver exercises and even how to pick up the 800 lb. bike the officers are required to drive.

As Barber begins her new career as the department’s first ever female motorcycle officer, she says she wants her accomplishment to be an example for all women who think their place in law enforcement can’t be made possible.

“They treated me like one of the guys out here,” said Barber. “I wasn’t just a girl trying to do stuff that guys can do. They pushed me, telling me that I can do it every day.”

Landry Willis of Deridder, also a new motorcycle officer, says they’ve pushed Barber, and even hassled her playfully during the course and says her talent surpassed her spirit.

“She can hold her own,” said Willis. “She’s done some better things that we have. We’re actually very happy for it.”

Barber says she’s happy her and her fellow officers all passed the course, which she described as “strenuous” and says she simply wants to encourage those who want to do the same.

“Get out there and push yourself every day,” said Barber. “Every day, tell yourself that you can do it and you can do it. Believing in you is the main thing.”

Other new motorcycle officers included Chris Daigle off Sulphur and James Smith and Bradley Guidry of Westlake.

The course was taught by a certified Harley Davidson instructor who is also a sheriff’s deputy.

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