Women in Policing
From left to right:
Officers Michele Niles, Lisa Ahasey, Darlene Carey, and Marybeth Buglio
Currently, there are twelve women officers in the Fall River Police Department who serve in various
capacities and are of varied seniority, from one year of service to thirty years. Women officers, who
must meet the same standards as male officers, are currently assigned to the Uniform Division, and as
School Resource Officers (in middle schools and in the high school). One woman is an Environmental Police
School Resource Officer Deborah Jackson with a group of Henry Lord Middle School
School Resource Officer MaryBeth Buglio with Kuss Middle School students
The senior woman officer in the Department is Deputy Chief of Police Cathleen Lyons Moniz. In order of
descending seniority, the remaining eleven Fall River Police Department women officers are Officer Linette
Dispirito, Officer Darlene Carey, Officer Kelly Furtado, Officer MaryBeth Buglio, Officer Maria Kennedy,
Officer Lisa Ahaesy, Officer Deborah Jackson, Officer Lynn Foley, Officer Michele Niles and Officer Janis
Bubluski and Officer Lisa Lafleur is a Fall River Environmental Police Officer. Several of the women
police officers are married and are mothers of young children and teens.
Officer Kelly Furtado with Jillian Medeiros, from Durfee High
Jillian has her sights set on becoming a police officer herself one
In 2005, a group of women officers established the Fall River Police Department’s Women Officer’s Mentoring,
Educating, and Networking (WOMEN) Alliance with Chief of Police John M. Souza. The Alliance exists to support
women in the profession of policing. The group’s mission statement is as follows:
"The Fall River Police Department recognizes that certain issues are
specific to its women officers. Therefore, it shall be the mission of the Women Officers’ Mentoring, Educating,
and Networking (WOMEN) Alliance to offer guidance and support to women officers of the Department. We, members
of the Fall River Police Department, will accomplish this through a system that seeks to improve the recruitment,
retention, and promotion of qualified women officers; that endorses the professional development of women
officers; and that encourages the success of women officers in both the rank and file and in promotional
opportunities. We share information and operate as a constant, focused resource for enhancing job satisfaction.
We recognize that mentoring, educating, and networking activities, among our colleagues and ourselves,
contribute to our becoming better officers in our challenging profession. In the spirit of true public service
we do this for ourselves, for our Department, and for our community."
Officer Lisa Ahasey in cruiser
Officer Lisa Ahasey receiving a call
The WOMEN Alliance meets frequently to discuss and act on the topics embodied in their mission statement
and to participate in activities that will help bring their message to more young women in the City of Fall
River interested in a career in policing. In striving for gender equity, the Department can better achieve
its goal of increased diversity in all assignments.
At the Roger Williams University, 6th Annual Women in Law
Enforcement Conference. March, 2007.
From left to right:
Seated: Officer Darlene Carey, Officer Michelle Niles
Standing: Officer Linette Dispirito, Officer Maria Kennedy, Deputy Chief Cathleen Moniz,
Officer Mary Beth Buglio, and Officer Janis Bubluski
Men and women officers meet for a recruitment photo session
If you are interested in becoming a Fall River police officer, please see the criteria listed elsewhere on our
website. If you need further information about the women officers of the Department, or if you or your group are
interested in meeting or speaking with women officers of the Department, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or
call 508 324-2791. We are able to respond to most requests within ten to thirty days.