Deputy Beckie McBride on women in law enforcement

For Deputy Beckie McBride, working at the Linn County Sheriff’s Office is about more than just policing, it’s about community caretaking.

In her eight-year career at the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy McBride has served as a control room operator in the jail and a deputy in the corrections, patrol and civil divisions. While she has enjoyed all these roles, working in patrol has been her favorite.  

“I really got to know the families in the area,” explained Deputy McBride. “We forget that it takes a village to raise children. Whether it was responding to a runaway call or helping parents who didn’t have the tools to communicate with their children, there was a lot of education, counseling and relationship-building between the children and their parents.”

After being involved in a car accident over a year ago, Deputy McBride began a new role in the Compensatory Service division of the office. In this new role, she coordinates with the courts and work crews to help those sentenced remain compliant and fulfill their duty to the court. Deputy McBride works directly with roughly 1,500 offenders.

“Some of these people were never taught how to act appropriately within society,” said Deputy McBride. “I help outline the consequences and work with them to set small goals – I am not here to condemn them, but to hold them accountable.”

As a professional, Deputy McBride has found that her role as a mother has helped her connect with families, offenders and inmates in ways that others may not be able to. She has been more than a Deputy in the eyes of those coming through the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, she has been a confidant and counselor.

“Women are problem solvers – we are able to quickly assess a situation and determine what is needed,” explains Deputy McBride. “Sometimes this is as simple as having compassion and taking the time to recognize that the person who was sentenced or arrested, is struggling to come to grips with what they have done too. You guide and watch your kids struggle through the trials of life, and I find myself helping the people that come through our office in a similar manner.”

According to Deputy McBride, law enforcement is a career where women can shine.

“Being physically fit can scare people, but the field is so incredibly rewarding,” said Deputy McBride. “Women have a lot of the qualities necessary for deescalating situations, juggling multiple cases and showing empathy. We need more women in law enforcement.”

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