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Two local female officers make history

Two female law enforcement colleagues had reason to celebrate today. Lieutenant Kathleen Cochran of the Wilmington Police Department and Major Rhonda Smith of the New Hanover County Sheriff's Department just graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. This is quite a feat that involved completing a ten-week academic program as well as a physical fitness test. Lieutenant Cochran said one of the biggest challenges was completing a 34-mile swim. "I'm extremely proud, to be the first female from the Wilmington Police Department to attend. A lot of people have gotten the yellow brick road for the physical fitness, but not many people get the swim award. To me, that was my biggest challenge because I'm not a big swimmer. It was a great personal accomplishment for me, so I'm very proud," said Lieutenant Cochran. Kathleen Cochran has been with the Wilmington Police Department for 19 years. She said she is looking forward to taking what she learned in the academy and applying it here in Wilmington.

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you can walk and get the yellow brick road brick. 34 miles in 10 weeks. what a joke, that is like a half a mile a day. it is sort of like the special olympics, no one can lose.

as you laugh sitting behind

as you laugh sitting behind your computer....I would love to see you try it


They both look very capable and strong.

34 miles over 10 weeks

Thats 34 miles over 10 weeks. This story makes it sound like they jumped in the water and swam for three days straight.

good gob!!!!

i think that is awesmoe just because they did not swim the ocean for 3 days dont make a differences have u ever been to a hard knock school before? cause most law enforcment schools are hard way to go wo---man!!!

Who cares if it was over 10

Who cares if it was over 10 weeks you moron! She did it and completed it, more than I can say for myself....can you do it? Congratulations to both!!


Congratulations to both!!