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Maj. Ingrid Jonas to retire from Vermont State Police

Vermont State Police Maj. Ingrid Jonas is seen in this official portrait taken at Headquarters...
Vermont State Police Maj. Ingrid Jonas is seen in this official portrait taken at Headquarters in Waterbury.(VERMONT STATE POLICE | COURTESY VERMONT STATE POLICE)
Published: Apr. 29, 2021 at 12:16 AM EDT
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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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