This West Virginia town just welcomed its first Black female cop

“As a minority, you can’t help change the system if you don’t get involved in the system,” Charlene Diggs said.

Charlene Diggs was born and raised in Beckley, West Virginia. (Photo credit CHRIS JACKSON/THE REGISTER-HERALD)

By Zahara Hill,

Out of the 53 officers in the Beckley Police Department in West Virginia, Patrolman Charlene Diggs is the only black woman ― and the first to serve in the town’s history.

Diggs, who is 25 years old, graduated from the State Police Officer training academy in 2016. She told The Register Herald that she always wanted to work within law enforcement in an interview published online Sunday.

When Diggs set out to pursue criminal justice administration in college, she certainly didn’t intend on making Beckley history.

But, as she recently told the publication, she doesn’t see her role as the town’s first black female police officer as anything to write home about.


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