Samantha Oh is the first Asian American* woman to join the Bergen County (NJ) sheriff’s office. Female officers make up approximately ten percent of the New Jersey police force. (I’d be interested if anybody has stats on the demographic composition.)
I remember my shock the first time I saw an Asian American (male) police officer in my neighborhood, which had a large Asian American population. And here it is 2012 and we’re still encountering “firsts.”
*No hyphen, please.