Black Woman Appointed First Deputy-Commissioner Of Pennsylvania State Police


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(Photos: Central Penn College) Governor Tom Wolf confirmed the appointment of Lieutenant Colonel Kristal Turner-Childs as the first Black deputy commissioner of Staff for the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP). Described by subordinates as brilliant, bold, and brave, Lieutenant Colonel Turner-Childs is the first African-American woman in the department’s 116-year history to attain the rank.A native of Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Turner-Childs enlisted in the PSP in February 1998 and was assigned to Troop J, Avondale after graduating from the academy. As she progressed through the ranks, Turner-Childs served as the first African-American female to command a troop when she was promoted to captain and assigned to Troop L, Reading in 2015. She served as director of the Bureau of Forensic Sciences where she became the second African American woman to obtain the rank of major in 2018. Turner-Childs also served in various roles at the York and Harrisburg stations and with the PSP Recruitment and Special Services Office.