Brenda R. Flores is a pioneer. Entering the police force in 1981 at age 26, she soon created the first K-9 police program for UC Davis while also becoming a cross-trained EOD (explosive ordinance disposal) police dog handler and Certified P.O.S.T. (Peace Officer Standards and Training) Police Dog Evaluator for all law enforcement agencies in the State of California. On many occasions she was assigned to protect dignitaries and to clear explosive devices before and during events with her EOD dog
As one of the first women in law enforcement assigned to patrol, she handled many of the calls for services pertaining to women. Brenda was a cop as new laws and restraining orders were changing how domestic violence was being enforced. Many victims were embarrassed, had no source of income, or were wary of the new laws. Most were afraid to report the crimes against them. She was on the job, witnessing and playing a part in the evolution of how these crimes were handled through the eighties, nineties, and into the 21st century.
A talented artist, Brenda also served as a free-hand composite artist for her department and for other agencies in need of these services, witnessing first-hand the response of victims as they saw their attackers brought to life on the page.
Direct, knowledgeable, informative and engaging, Brenda is available to speak about and comment on all aspects of law enforcement, including but not limited to:
- The use of canines in police work
- The ever-evolving role of women in law enforcement
- Domestic abuse and law enforcement
- Safety tips for women
- Safety tips for kids
- What the public should expect from law enforcement
- Balancing work and family (she is a married mother of two)
- How public attitudes and politics impact law enforcement.
- Understanding community policing
- The reality of breaking a glass ceiling
- Changing laws vs. breaking laws
- The Police Officer’s bill of rights
- Why most cops become cops