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Sixty years since the first women MCSO deputies

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — This year marks 60 years since women have been deputies with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

Emilie Manzler and Margaret Ferraro were deputized in 1964. They worked in the detective bureau, tasked with cases involving women and children. They were promoted to the rank of Lieutenant four years later, in 1968.

“They definitely are trailblazers,” said Todd Allen, Sheriff’s Historian.

Before then women dealing with matters involving women and children were called Matrons— the position was usually filled by the Sheriff’s wife.

The sheriff’s office has come a long way since then. Captain Providence Crowder is currently the highest-ranking woman in the Sheriff’s office— she works in the jail.

“It’s not anything I take lightly,” said Captain Crowder, “I hope to be a good example for others that work in the organization so they strive to be whatever they want to be.”

Over her 24 years working at MCSO Crowder kept getting promoted after taking her promotional exams, until she made the rank of captain in 2022.

“Seeing that women have already done it did give me more confidence to say ‘I can do this also,’” said Captain Crowder

Captain Crowder tells News 8 there are currently 92 women deputies in the jail bureau out of around 460 deputies. Some experiences show the male-dominated MCSO—like uniforms. Over the years, she says the Sheriff’s office has produced clothes for women like shirts with buttons on the correct side. But sometimes you can’t tell the difference.

“And a lot of times you don’t really know that until you find out ‘Oh I have a tie clip to put on and it doesn’t fit this way,'” she said

Crowder says there’s a lot for women that can find success working in the Sheriff’s office.

“This is definitely a career that has afforded me the ability to provide a decent living for my family. This job empowers whoever is ambitious,” said Captain Crowder.

MCSO still hasn’t had a woman Sheriff.

​ ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — This year marks 60 years since women have been deputies with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

Emilie Manzler and Margaret Ferraro were deputized in 1964. They worked in the detective bureau, tasked with cases involving women and children. They were promoted to the rank of Lieutenant four years later, in 1968.

“They definitely are trailblazers,” said Todd Allen, Sheriff’s Historian.

Before then women dealing with matters involving women and children were called Matrons— the position was usually filled by the Sheriff’s wife.

The sheriff’s office has come a long way since then. Captain Providence Crowder is currently the highest-ranking woman in the Sheriff’s office— she works in the jail.

“It’s not anything I take lightly,” said Captain Crowder, “I hope to be a good example for others that work in the organization so they strive to be whatever they want to be.”

Over her 24 years working at MCSO Crowder kept getting promoted after taking her promotional exams, until she made the rank of captain in 2022.

“Seeing that women have already done it did give me more confidence to say ‘I can do this also,’” said Captain Crowder

Captain Crowder tells News 8 there are currently 92 women deputies in the jail bureau out of around 460 deputies. Some experiences show the male-dominated MCSO—like uniforms. Over the years, she says the Sheriff’s office has produced clothes for women like shirts with buttons on the correct side. But sometimes you can’t tell the difference.

“And a lot of times you don’t really know that until you find out ‘Oh I have a tie clip to put on and it doesn’t fit this way,'” she said

Crowder says there’s a lot for women that can find success working in the Sheriff’s office.

“This is definitely a career that has afforded me the ability to provide a decent living for my family. This job empowers whoever is ambitious,” said Captain Crowder.

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