First Female Police Chief In Norristown History Takes Office

January 13, 2024 0 By JohnValbyNation

NORRISTOWN, PA — History was made in Norristown as the first female police chief in the municipality’s history was sworn in.

Former Philadelphia Staff Inspector Jacqueline Bailey-Davis, who has a doctorate in public administration, was named to the role last month. She was sworn in on Jan. 2.

“Dr. Bailey-Davis will bring a vast career of community service and academic mastery as Norristown Police Chief,” Municipal Council President Tom Lepera said in a statement. “Council believes Bailey-Davis will be a proactive law enforcement leader who will ensure the safety of our residents and our sworn officers and continue the path of building strong relationships between the two.”

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The move comes after former Chief Derrick Wood resigned in Dec. 2022 to spend more time with his family. It will mark the third official chief in four years, after Chief Mark Talbot held the post for eight years running.

Bailey-Davis has risen through the ranks at the Philadelphia Police Department since 1997, and saw violent and property crimes reduce by double digits while she was the commanding officer of the city’s 26th district.

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She’s also served as a part-time adjunct professor of criminal justice for 12 years at Alvernia University and the Community College of Philadelphia. She earned her doctorate from West Chester University.

Bailey-Davis will be charged with leading Norristown’s more than 100 sworn officers and civilian staff/

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