Philadelphia Police Inspector Jeanette Dooley is retiring after 40 years on the job. She makes history as the first woman in the police department to reach that milestone.
"I have had the privilege of working in a company of heroes for 40 years," Dooley told NBC10's Nefertiti Jaquez.
When she first joined the force in 1973, Dooley was told that no one would take orders from a woman.
"There was a lot of pressure to demonstrate that women were not capable of doing the job the same way that the men would be able to do it," said Dooley. The women were even given different badges than the men.
"When I came in, the police woman badge was actually the same as the K9 dog." Dooley says she learned quickly that as long as you are able to carry your weight, people would be accepting.
Dooley calls the past four decades a "tremendous ride," and says she plans on spending more time with her family during retirement.