Maj. Ingrid Jonas to retire from Vermont State Police
WATERBURY, Vt. (WCAX) - The first woman to become a top-ranking commander of the Vermont State Police will retire next month.
Maj. Ingrid Jonas is set to retire after a 23-year career. Officials say Jonas left her mark through criminal investigative work. She joined the VSP in 1998 as a trooper and rose to the rank of detective and then commander.
“There were always women mentors who I looked up to,” Jonas said in a statement. “Although we were few and far between, I kept noticing women making these achievements. What we were able to accomplish represented a broader perspective on what policing looks like, who can be at the table, who can be in leadership roles. It did represent a more inclusive approach to helping communities become safer.”
The Vermont State Police earlier this spring joined a national effort to get more women in law enforcement. The 30x30 pledge calls for 30% of police recruit classes to be composed of women by 2030. Right now, about 13% of Vermont’s troopers are women.
Jonas’ last day is May 7.
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