First Female Joins Montgomery Police Department's Motorcycle Unit

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By Catalina Trivino

CBS 8 and ABC Montgomery are taking action against crime, just as the Montgomery Police Department is making history -- it's first female officer has joined the department's motorcycle unit. Now, she says she'll be able to respond more quickly to a scene.

 
Riding these bikes isn't new to Corporal Amanda Millwood. She's been doing it for more than 15 years. But now she's riding to save lives and she says getting to this point is a dream come true.
 
You're watching history in the making -- we attached a camera to Corporal Millwood's motorcycle. She is the first female officer at the Montgomery Police Department riding with the boys.
 
There are 19 motorists and she's only one of three to finish the two-week intensive training course. So now she's out front on a department-issued Harley. 
 
"I can hardly believe at how much I've accomplished. The way the motor course is set up, it teaches you how to ride a bike this big without any real effort... so even a small female can ride this bike," Said Millwood.
 
And with the rewards comes the dangers...
 
"We have to be able to turn around on a dime in traffic," Said Millwood.
 
And while she's shattering the glass-gender ceiling, she says there's more to it -- being on a motorcycle decreases her response time to a scene. She says 3 to 5 minutes could save a life.
 
"The bike being fast and agile helps us to weave through traffic and allows us to respond a lot faster than a car can. The patrol cars can get caught in traffic. We can get out of traffic faster and easier," Said Millwood.
 
And stepping out from behind the wheel of a police vehicle means Millwood is more visible on the road...  breaking gender barriers... 
 
"As long as they have the brains and the capability, it's fine. I think there's no reason why they can't do it! I think it's a great idea. Get the ladies to do as much as they want to, I mean, as far as I'm concerned, that's great!" Said Montgomery Resident, Brian King.
 
One of these bikes weighs about 900 lbs. and Millwood says driving it definitely took some practice, but she's says that doesn't matter! Women can do just as much as men.
 
Millwood says the only reason there hasn't been any female motorcyclists is because there hasn't been any interest -- but she hopes that will change.