Last day on the job for Fredericton's first female police chief
After 34 years of policing, Fredericton Police Chief Leanne Fitch will officially retire her badge today.
Fitch became a police officer when few women were in the field, but says when she joined the force in the city, she didn't want to be recognized for her gender.
Fitch graduated from the Ontario Police College, attended UNB and was the fifth woman to join the Fredericton Police Force in the early eighties.
In an interview with CTV Atlantic's Laura Brown, Fitch talked about a tough year as leader on the force with the fatal shootings last August, which included losing Constables Sara Burns and Robb Costello. .
Fitch says “tough” isn’t a strong enough word to describe the past year.
She says she has encouraged all officers to see a counsellor, and has followed her own advice.
While Fitch will retire today, she'll still continue working.
Starting this fall, she'll serve as vice-chair of the RCMP’s Interim Management Advisory Board.
She says she's taking the summer off to rest.