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Insp. Lynne Buehler retires after 34 years with the Peterborough police

WATCH: Lynne Buehler was one of the first five female police officers hired by the Peterborough Police Service in 1985.

Insp. Lynne Buehler was one of five women who joined the Peterborough Police in 1985.

She said the early years were a challenge, recalling how they had to convert a holding cell at the police station into a women’s locker room and Buehler herself could not get boots in her size for months.

“People in the community were surprised to see us. They would call me a police man woman, because they didn’t have the language to speak about a police officer” Buehler recalls.

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Buehler says she is happy to see a number of the things she was passionate about at the start of her career become standard in today’s criminal justice system.

“A recognition that sexual assault be investigated differently, a recognition [of] the role mental health plays in the criminal system, work with children, all those things I’ve loved to do, improved technology in police work, it’s been great to see those advancements,” Buehler says.

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Buehler has spent time educating young people about policing as a career and says the most important thing they can bring to the job is the ability to communicate.

She says says she will continue teaching part-time at Fleming College and intends to spend more time in her garden and travelling.

WATCH: (Sept. 3, 2019) Peterborough city councillors get update on Peterborough Police Strategic Plan

Peterborough City Councillors get update on Peterborough Police Strategic Plan
Peterborough City Councillors get update on Peterborough Police Strategic Plan