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One of CHP’s first Women in Uniform retiring

Vivien Firlein remembers when, as a new California Highway Patrol officer, a women exposed her breasts hoping to avoid a traffic ticket. The wayward motorist was surprised to encounter a female officer. The tactic did not work. Then there was the man who argued with her over a speeding ticket, saying women “should be home home washing their husband’s socks.” “It was so unusual. The people didn’t know how to react to me,” Firlein, 47, recalled. They didn’t know how to address me.” ‘There’s no question about it, Vivien was part of a very select group of women that was... read more

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