Program to honor female Detroit officers, firefighters

DETROIT (AP) — Tracey Miller acknowledges that when it comes to police work, many people still consider it a “man’s world.”
But the 24-year Detroit Police Department veteran says women have a place in law enforcement, work just as hard as men and show results.
“It’s not necessarily brute strength that can help people,” said Miller, one of 15 Detroit officers and five fire department personnel being honored Thursday at the Detroit Public Safety Foundation’s 6th annual Women in Blue breakfast at the MGM Grand.
One officer and one firefighter will be announced as “women of the year” for their respective departments.
Miller, 49, followed her father into police work.
“I believe I was made for this job,” she said, adding she believes police work was “why I was put on the earth.”
Assigned to the city’s 9th Police Precinct, Miller also is a member of the gang suppression Operation Ceasefire. About three years ago, she decided to pursue a spot on the police department’s bomb squad. Miller became a certified bomb technician last year.