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North Las Vegas Welcomes First Black Female Police Chief

By TheNevadaGlobeStaff, February 17, 2024 9:37 am

North Las Vegas is making history once again as Police Chief Jaqueline Gravatt steps into her groundbreaking role. From her humble beginnings as the department’s first black female officer to now leading the force, Chief Gravatt’s journey exemplifies resilience and dedication.

“I just feel like I’ve been extremely blessed in my career,” shared Chief Gravatt, reflecting on her remarkable path. Her focus has always been on serving the community rather than personal accolades. Despite being a trailblazer, she remains steadfast in her commitment to making a difference.

With over two decades of experience, Chief Gravatt understands the importance of representation. However, she emphasizes that her role is about more than just breaking barriers—it’s about effecting positive change. “This isn’t about me,” she states, “this is about what I believe I can do for this community.”

Balancing the demands of her job with family life is no easy feat, but Chief Gravatt finds strength in her loved ones. Supported by her husband, Barney Brucken, who serves as a SWAT commander, she emphasizes the importance of teamwork and mutual support.

Looking ahead, Chief Gravatt aims to inspire more women to pursue careers in law enforcement. The North Las Vegas Police Department is actively working towards gender diversity, with initiatives like the 30 by 30 campaign aiming to increase female representation to 30% by 2030.

Chief Gravatt’s story serves as a beacon of hope and resilience, reminding us all of the power of perseverance and determination.

Credits: News3LV

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