Breaking Down Barriers: Women in Law Enforcement
In recent decades, women have become a larger part of American law enforcement. But there is still a long way to go, considering that women represent only 13 percent of police officers across the country. In honor of Women’s History Month, this panel discussion, featuring women working in local law enforcement, will explore the qualities they bring to the job and the challenges they face.
This program will take place in The Mob Museum’s Historic Courtroom. If you would like to attend in person, please RSVP. Reservations are not needed to join this program’s livestream.
Pamela Ojeda, Chief of Police North Las Vegas Police Department
Chief Pamela Ojeda began her career with the North Las Vegas Police Department as a Dispatcher in September of 1995. Through the years she became a Police Officer in 1997 and moved up the ranks to Patrol Sergeant, Detective Sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant, Narcotics Lieutenant, Detective Lieutenant all the way to Chief of Police. She has a BS Criminal Justice, a Masters in Business Management, and is a graduate of FBI National Academy Associates class #238.
Cynthia Santana, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, FBI
Ms. Santana received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Minnesota in 1993. Prior to working for the FBI, Ms. Santana worked as a Financial Worker for Hennepin County in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Ms. Santana entered on duty as a Special Agent (SA) of the FBI in January 2001 and has worked in the Tucson Resident Agency within the Phoenix Division, the Northern Virginia Resident Agency within the Washington Field Office, the Las Vegas Division, and FBI Headquarters in Washington D.C. SA Santana has worked Public Corruption, Health Care Fraud, and was a certified Crisis Negotiator. In 2014 SA Santana was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent in Las Vegas and supervised Health Care Fraud, Complex Financial Crimes, Human Intelligence and a various administrative program. In May 2020, SA Santana was selected as the Assistant Special Agent assigned to National Security and Intelligence.
Sasha Larkin, Deputy Chief, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
Sasha Larkin is a Deputy Chief with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, where she has served for twenty-two years. Sasha currently leads the Office of Internal Oversight and Constitutional Policing, which is comprised of the Force Investigation Team, the Critical Incident Review Team and the Internal Oversight unit. Her teams of detectives respond on all officer involved shootings, any use of deadly force, and on in custody deaths both on the street and in the correctional facility. She is also responsible for driving police reform efforts, policy updates, and ensuring continued transparency for the agency.
Before coming to her current unit, she was given the honor of designing, staffing and opening the newest station to be built in Las Vegas, Summerlin Area Command. This state-of-the-art facility was created to meet the ever-expanding population, growth and demand for elite community service. For the preceding two and a half years, Sasha was the commander of Northwest Area Command which encompass over 380,000 residents, 100 square miles and over 200 officers and civilian staff under her direction.
Sasha was originally promoted to Captain leading the Support Operations Bureau, which encompasses Vice, Special Events, Human Trafficking, and the Office of Community Engagement (which conducts all religious and cultural outreach, refugee education, gang prevention, and overt counter-terrorism activities), Homeless Liaison Section, and the Patrol Watch Commanders and Laughlin Area Command.
Recognized for her work in community engagement, Sasha was integral in building the Office of Community Engagement (OCE) and the Fusion Liaison Officer Program. These two offices have reached thousands of people from all cultural, religious, and minority communities that would have never otherwise had a voice with the police. She is also Chair of Women of Metro, an outreach organization that mentors women internally for promotion in law enforcement and hosts a variety of community events.
Hollie Chadwick, Police Captain, Henderson Police Department
Hollie Chadwick was appointed Captain in July 2019. She joined the Henderson Police Department in August 2002. Captain Chadwick was raised in Las Vegas and attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Athletic Training, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports and Fitness Management, and a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology. Captain Chadwick went on to earn her Doctorate in Public Administration with Capella University, where she graduated with Distinction.
Captain Chadwick was a member of the Nationally Ranked UNLV Softball team from 1990-1994 and participated in four Division Regional Championships and the College World Series in 1991.
Captain Chadwick leads one of three patrol divisions in the Henderson Police Department. The City of Henderson is the second largest city in Nevada with 390 police officers, 83 corrections officers, and more than 160 full-time civilian employees.
In addition, Captain Chadwick oversees our bicycle unit and Problem-Solving Unit.
As a police officer, Captain Chadwick served as an officer in charge, a field training officer, a crisis negotiator, a bicycle officer, a drug recognition expert, a defensive tactics instructor, and a police dog decoy. Captain Chadwick served as a detective working fraud, property, repeat offender, and intelligence cases. She also served on a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) task force for two years.
Captain Chadwick was promoted to sergeant in 2011 and served in patrol, as a member of our Crisis Negotiation Team, and supervised our Problem-Solving Unit. She was a Field Training Sergeant (FTS) and was promoted to lieutenant in 2015. As a lieutenant, Captain Chadwick oversaw our swing shift patrol, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), K9 unit, and ARMOR unit. Captain Chadwick was the first female commander to oversee a SWAT team in Southern Nevada.
Captain Chadwick is scheduled to attend session #280 of the FBI National Academy.