In celebration of Women’s History Month this year, the Lancaster City Police would like to highlight one of our active officers, Micaela Heckman, who has been going above and beyond for city residents on behalf of the Lancaster City Police Department for the last 6 years!
Officer Heckman became a Lancaster City Police officer on March 17, 2017, and is the first police officer in her family!
Entering the law enforcement profession as a woman can be an intimidating experience, but Officer Heckman always felt like she was treated as an equal by her classmates and instructors while attending the police academy. She also credits her Field Training Officers (FTO) for giving her the support and training she needed to feel confident as a new police officer out on patrol.
In 2019, Officer Heckman became a Field Training Officer herself. She’s trained several officers and in doing so has learned a lot about herself, specifically her greatest strengths and weaknesses. Officers are often a reflection of their FTO, and Officer Heckman is grateful for the opportunity she’s been given to watch the officers she’s trained to continue flourishing in their careers.
Officer Heckman has proven herself to be an exceptional police officer so it’s no wonder why she is considered an exemplary FTO throughout the department.
In 2022, Officer Heckman handled over 600 calls for service, well above the platoon average, with 32% of them being self-initiated. She has a reputation for being motivated and proactive as she works to remove criminals from the street and continues to make Lancaster City a safer place to live.
Officer Heckman has excelled in all aspects of being a patrol officer and has developed into a mature, well-rounded officer who has gained the utmost respect from her platoon and supervisors. She was recently recognized by Command Staff with an award for going above and beyond every day she is in uniform.
Officer Heckman is also a part of the recruitment team for the Bureau and wants anyone with the proven ability to demonstrate honesty, trustworthiness, integrity, and other character traits consistent with the Bureau’s mission to apply!
And as a woman in law enforcement, Officer Heckman acknowledges that being a woman in this male-dominated field can be a challenging experience. But despite the challenges women face in law enforcement, they bring lots of qualities and experiences that make them assets in all positions within a police department.
If you are a woman interested in a law enforcement career and want to hear what it’s like working at the Lancaster City Bureau of Police, please ask to speak with Officer Heckman! Learn more at LCBPCAREERS.COM