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U.S. Capitol Police Assistant Chief Pittman Recognized as "Outstanding Advocate for Women in Federal Law Enforcement"

October 27, 2020
Press Release
Honored by Women in Federal Law Enforcement (WIFLE)

Chief Steven A. Sund announced today that Assistant Chief Yogananda Pittman is the 2020 recipient of the Women in Federal Law Enforcement’s (WIFLE) “Outstanding Advocate for Women in Federal Law Enforcement” award.  

“During her 19-year law enforcement career, Assistant Chief Pittman has shown herself to be a dedicated advocate for women and diversity in federal law enforcement.  She has work closely with our Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Action Office on a number of initiatives; has been an active member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), and has mentored numerous USCP officers and others over the years,” noted Chief Sund.  “It was an honor to nominate her for this award, and I am very pleased that WIFLE acknowledged her accomplishments and contributions with this recognition.” 

“Often WIFLE works with many advocates working quietly as they pursue greater diversity within their agencies and our profession.  It is such a pleasure to see Assistant Chief Pittman nominated by the United States Capitol Police, and an even greater pleasure to select her to receive this award,” said Catherine Sanz, President of the WIFLE Foundation, Inc.  

Catherine Sanz, President, WIFLE Foundation; Assistance Chief Pittman, and Chief Steven SundThe Outstanding Advocate for Women in Federal Law Enforcement award recognizes the recipient’s substantial impacts in recruiting, retaining, or promoting women in law enforcement as well as her role as an advocate, advisor, and leader in the continued support of women in law enforcement.

Assistant Chief Pittman began her law enforcement career with the United States Capitol Police in April 2001, and she has steadily worked her way up the ranks to be named Assistant Chief of Police in October 2019.  

“It is very important for young female law enforcement officers to see someone who looks like them in leadership positions.  It says to them that these positions are obtainable and available to them.  I enjoy being a mentor.  I was very fortunate to have great mentors myself.  Often officers will stop me and ask my advice, and it means a lot to me to be able to discuss their future plans and offer my insights.  I am very appreciative of WIFLE and its mission, and for their selecting me for this honor,” said Assistant Chief Pittman.  

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, WIFLE’s annual leadership training conference and award ceremony scheduled for July was postponed to next year.

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