Using aviation to entertain
and educate girls about
their limitless
opportunities...
Using aviation to entertain
and educate girls about
their limitless
opportunities...
Using aviation to entertain
and educate girls about
their limitless
opportunities...
TM
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Using aviation to entertain
and educate girls about
their limitless
opportunities...
Using aviation to entertain
and educate girls about
their limitless
opportunities...
Using aviation to entertain
and educate girls about
their limitless
opportunities...
TM
Los Angeles Police Officer / Pilot / Flight Instructor

Hi, my name is Terri Lincoln and my call sign is, “TBird.” I am an LAPD Police
Officer, helicopter pilot and flight instructor. I chase criminals from the air in a
helicopter. You’ve seen the choppers with the big lights shining down. That’s
me up there keeping everyone safe from the bad guys. When I’m not
chasing suspects, I’m teaching other officers how to fly the police birds.

I have been with the LAPD for 26 years. It has been the most rewarding
career I could have ever imagined. You can find out more by going to: www.
lapdonline.com.

I was born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley. In elementary school I was
on the academic and athletic honor roll and ultimately became the captain of
my school track team. In Jr. High, I campaigned and became the first female
student body president; “President Lincoln.”

During high school, I was the only female to play tackle football in the history
of my school. My next aspiration was to work at a full service gas station,
which included auto repairs. I promoted to managing (2) stations and
needed transportation so I learned how to ride a motorcycle to get myself
around town.

I then heard a radio commercial for the LAPD, which informed me of
numerous positions within the department including helicopter pilot for the
Air Support Division. The dynamic thought of the possibility of becoming a
pilot had me feeling empowered and enthusiastic.

I discovered that I would need to obtain a commercial rating in aviation,
complete 5 years in street patrol and that no woman had ever been selected
for this position. I realized this would be my biggest challenge to date but I
love a challenge.

I had no friends or family members even remotely involved with police work
or aviation. I had no mentors and no one I could turn to that could teach me
about all of these things I was so interested in. This is just one reason why I
believe “Girls With Wings” is such a positive organization.

After graduating from the LAPD academy, I completed 5 years in street
patrol and simultaneously attended flight training courses until I had
obtained my commercial rating. Having the prerequisites under my belt, I
applied for the LAPD Command Pilot training program and was accepted. I
graduated and was living my dream. I was flying patrol, catching criminals
and fighting crime.

I won the ‘Daring Woman’ contest that featured women with an attitude
exemplifying, “Anything is possible if you dare.” That has become one of my
personal mottos ever since.

I really enjoy teaching so I applied and became Air Support Division’s first
female flight instructor. I thought I would enjoy the assignment but had no
idea I had found my true forte.

I was then recognized at the “Police and Firefighters Appreciation Ceremony
as, “Officer of the Year.” This was my proudest moment ever.

I truly believe, “Anything is possible if you dare” and that “We are all limited
only by our imaginations”

Good luck girls, we can do this!
"A Century of Progress"
LAPD is celebrating 100
years of women in Law
Enforcement. LAPD will be
hosting several events
celebrating the last 100
years of women in the
department. Historical
stories of the pioneers will
be presented as well as a
celebration of today's
highest ranking females and
those who were the first to
hold many positions trail
blazing the way for others.
An inspirational display has
been set up in the new
LAPD headquarters lobby for
everyone to enjoy. The
LAPD historical museum
donated many items for this
display which will continue in
the lobby for the next (3)
months.
cont.
The annual Jack Webb
awards ceremony 9/11/10
is dedicating a celebration
of women as well. Many
uniformed female
personnel will be a part as
well as music and narration.
On 9/13/10, a presentation
will be held in the new
LAPD Headquarters
auditorium with many of
the female officers
displaying photographic
murals depicting their
career paths while
providing guidance and
encouragement to the
younger women who may
just be starting in their
careers. Truly, A Century of
Progress!