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Colorado SWAT leader 1st transgender woman to FBI National Academy

Posted: 4:14 PM, Apr 01, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-01 22:14:42Z

FRISCO, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado SWAT team coordinator is believed to be the first transgender woman accepted to attend the FBI National Academy in its 83-year history.

Summit County Sheriff’s Office operations commander and SWAT leader Lesley Mumford is one of about 200 law enforcement agents who will attend the 10-week training course beginning in July in Quantico, Virginia.

The Summit Daily  reports  Sheriff Jaime FitzSimmons nominated Mumford for the academy, which includes both physical training and coursework.

Mumford says her nomination makes her feel like society is changing. She says she hopes that by excelling in her classes and working with others on group projects she might be able to challenge any prejudices among her classmates.

The academy was established in 1935 to help standardize and professionalize policing agencies across the country.