Deputy Sheriff Cpl. Tiffany Key graduated from Session 29 of the Prince George’s County Police Emergency Services Team Basic Training School on Sept. 21, making her the first female deputy sheriff from the county to complete the training in nearly 30 years, and the second overall in the 316 years the county sheriff’s department has been in existence.
The school is a rigorous and challenging three-week course of specialized tactical training, sheriff’s department officials said.
Key’s class of 24 participants included members of the Prince George’s Police Department, Laurel City Police Department, Arlington County Sheriff’s Department, Metro Transit Police Department, Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps.
“Law enforcement is strengthened by the diversity of perspectives at every level of our work,” said Sheriff Melvin C. High in a department news release. “We appreciate the rigor of the course and the work Deputy Key had to do to succeed, but we are also pleased that she has made history again for our agency.”
The first female deputy graduate was Susan Hoban in 1984, who retired as a sergeant from the sheriff’s office in 1999.