Portsmouth’s police chief makes history

Published: Jun. 29, 2020 at 10:01 AM EDT
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PORTSMOUTH, Ohio (WSAZ) - Capt. Debby Brewer was sworn in Monday as Portsmouth’s newest police chief during a promotion and hiring ceremony.

Brewer has been a member of the Portsmouth Police Department for 27 years, beginning in January 1993. She has a total of 31 years of law enforcement experience.

Brewer is making history as the first-ever female chief of police in Portsmouth. She’s a graduate of the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police Association as a Certified Law Enforcement Executive.

“I’m still a police officer. That’s my first job, yes. I now happen to be in charge of all of them, but that’s my first job to the public is as a police officer,” Brewer said.

She’s one of five women on the police force. Brewer’s been working toward this dream for nearly 30 years and hopes it will inspire other women.

“I want to show other women and young girls that if they want something, all they have to do is work for it,” Brewer said.

Brewer acknowledges she’s taking the position at a time when our country is in turmoil. She’s working to improve community engagement and transparency.

“Most of the time when we are dealing with someone, it’s negative. I want to try and turn that around and improve that,” Brewer said.

During the ceremony, Chief Brewer received a Special Congressional Recognition from U.S. Rep. Brad R. Wenstrup, an Ohio Republican.

Brewer was one of four police officers promoted. The city of Portsmouth also hired a new patrol officer.

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