Fulton County’s Sharpest Shooter Becomes 1st Female Sniper/SWAT Operator
There’s a new sharp shooter at the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, and she has a new prestigious certification to prove it. Deputy LaShira Norwood recently became Fulton County’s first female sniper who is also a SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) Team operator. There have been women on SWAT and Deputy Norwood is the first to perform this critical, dual role. Deputy Norwood recently completed sniper school at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth, Georgia.
Deputy Norwood currently is assigned to the Law Enforcement Division of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, where she executes warrants, serves civil papers, and enforces state and federal laws. She has been a SWAT Team Operator since August of 2016.
A year ago, Deputy Norwood expressed an interest in becoming a sniper. Sgt. John Farrar, a sniper and the SWAT Team Commander, was impressed and agreed to train her Saturdays on their own time.
Deputy Norwood went to sniper school in February with law enforcement officers from across the state and was the only female in the class. Deputy Norwood worked independently to finish at the top of the class.
Deputy Norwood said, “I am proud to represent the agency and females in law enforcement. I hope that leading-by-example will show young girls that they can achieve their goals.” Her ascension to the role of sniper is extraordinary, yet not unexpected. Deputy Norwood is a solid partner who is always prepared because she trains harder than most. Colleagues describe her as being highly intelligent, professional and caring.
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