Bowling Green Police Deputy Chief named Woman of the Year

Published: Mar. 18, 2021 at 1:07 PM CDT
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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - March is Women’s History Month and to celebrate, the Bowling Green Human Rights Commission recognizes Women of Achievement in our community.

Lt. Colonel Penny Bowles, Deputy Chief at Bowling Green Police Department, is among this year’s honorees and was selected as Woman of the Year. Bowles serves as a member of the Kentucky League of Cities Model Policy Committee that develops policy recommendations for police agencies around Kentucky and as Regional Director for the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police.

Bowles said it was an honor just to be among the 17 women nominated. “All of the women in this panel are just amazing givers of the community, have sacrificed so much and to be recognized as the winner is very humbling.”

Bowles began her career in law enforcement 25 years ago. She was originally interested in pursuing a law degree, but was inspired to learn more about policing after a conversation with former WKU sociology professor Dr. Ed Bohlander. He encouraged her to intern at BGPD, and upon graduation, Bowles was hired as a police officer.

Over the years, she has climbed the ranks to become a lieutenant colonel and deputy chief. “Along the way there’s so many people that just encourage you and give you the best example of what good leadership and what being a good police officer and servant to our community really is.”

The Bowling Green Human Rights Commission will host a virtual Women of Achievement awards program on March 25 at 6:00 p.m.

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