It’s a first for the South Bend Police Department. Lt. Mattie Taylor today became Captain Mattie Taylor. The 31-year veteran of the force is the first African American female to achieve that rank.
“For anyone who is coming behind me, especially trying to get African American females in this profession, basically because of the demographics, is very difficult but to be out there as a mentor and as a role model, and to see that, hey, you know, maybe this can happen to me you know this is something to aspire to. For those reasons its important,” Capt. Taylor told NewsCenter 16.
Capt. Taylor will remain in charge of recruiting and officer training for the department.
During her distinguished career Capt. Taylor has worked as a DARE officer, an evidence technician, and an investigator with the detective bureau.
She is also a talented singer and has been called on to sing the National Anthem at official police functions.