Marcela Haskins knew she wanted to be the type of mother who ate dinner via her kids and also provided hugs before bedtime, yet she likewise aspired to be a police officer

Republished through permission from Behind the Badge

By Cindy Arora

Marcela Haskins, a lieutenant via Bakersarea Police Department, kbrand-new she wanted to be the type of mother that ate dinner with her youngsters, facilitated homework-related and was tbelow for hugs at bedtime.

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Lt. Haskins is 1 of 46 female police policemans that make up the team of 431 sworn officers at Bakersarea Police Department. (Photo/Bakersfield Police Department) But she additionally aspired to be a police officer – the type that went out on calls in the middle of the night, who damaged narcotic situations in various components of the state and also that patrolled the highways to store the public safe.

So, like many kind of working paleas, Haskins decided to juggle both.

She took the graveyard shifts at the police department so she could spend the days through her youngsters and occupational while they were resting.

Her family members promoted weekday sleepovers, assisting with pick-ups and drop-offs and arriving for institution occasions or extracurriculars as soon as Haskins had to work.

At the moment, Haskins admits she never before thought what she was doing was extraplain. But now, as soon as she thinks around whatever, she did to gain through it – she cannot believe she made it.

“Having done every one of this for two decades currently, occasionally I sit down and also reflect and also ask myself, "How did I gain here?" and also I simply don"t understand I did it all, yet I did," Haskins shelp. "I was a solitary mommy for a part of that time … and also it was absolutely tough having to address all the things I did. But I simply did it. I couldn"t have actually done any of it without my family."

A mother and police officer

Haskins, born and increased in Bakersfield, is 1 of 46 female police policemans who comprise the team of 431 sworn policemans at the Bakersarea Police Department. The Bakersarea Police Department is continually recruiting and also searching for female officers that want to join the force and also continue the strides being made by Haskins and her fellow female colleagues.


With 46 female police officers at Bakersfield Police Department, Lt. Haskins is proud of the team that continues to flourish as more women join the career at BPD. (Photo/Bakersarea Police Department) For the expectations of her career, Haskins juggled her 2 tasks as mom and also police officer, taking off one hat and also placing on her holster. She had the ability to balance both through the aid of her extended family, who all live in Bakersfield and were happy to pitch in.

"It wasn"t uncommon for me to come house from a speak to out, and then be on the road to catch up via my household or head out to a game wright here my kid was currently on the road playing baseround," Haskins sassist. "Then I"d come home and just pick it all back up. My No. 1 was being a mother, so it"s simply what I did."

Haskins has actually been via the Bakersfield Police Department considering that she took an internship tbelow in high college. Although at the moment she didn"t think she would certainly finish up in regulation enforcement, all arrows pointed her toward the field.

"People ask me all the moment what made me desire to become a police officer and also I think I was simply intrigued by it," she shelp. "I don"t have any type of family members in legislation enforcement, and I wasn"t that son in college who did a task on coming to be a police officer. I just created awesome relationships throughout my internship, and one officer took me under his wing. I do not recognize what he witnessed in me, yet he encouraged me to store going until he asked me if I wanted to end up being an officer."


Lt. Haskinsenjoys speaking through neighborhood kids to share her suffer in law enforcement. (Photo/Bakersfield Police Department)

A role model

Haskins, that was freshly promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and assigned to Operations-Patrol as a Watch Commander, has had the privilege of seeing even more woguys enter regulation enforcement for a career. She realizes the prestige of her decision, especially to young girls and young woguys who look to her and also the various other female policemans as role models.

"It"s truly indescribable as soon as someone comes as much as me and also they are interested in what I carry out," Haskins sassist. "They always desire to understand just how long I"ve been doing it and also if it"s difficult … some woguys think about it, but they don"t think it is something they can perform."

Haskins said she always admits to anyone asking about a career in law enforcement that it is complicated and needs a specific amount of sacrifice.

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But in the finish, her love of her profession likewise provides her the balance she requirements as a mom and also a womale.

"It is certainly difficult. You need to put the majority of you out tright here emotionally, and physically you have to prepare for it," she said. "You likewise need to recognize that you will miss events via your youngsters, your family, your friends. There is a lot that comes via this task, yet I constantly tell myself, "The only boundaries are the limits we place on ourselves.""