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Altoona Mirror (Newspaper) - February 16, 2001, Altoona, Pennsylvania Hoops: Williamsburg's girls cap perfect season life: New procedure helps men with enlarged prostates Dl Copyright 2001 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2001 500 newsstand Altoona to se pcop ected BY TIFFANY SHAW Staff Writer The changing of the guard at the Altoona Police Department is really just a move from one office to another. Capt. Janice J. Freehling was named chief of police Thursday, the milestone of a 24- year career with the department, where she spent more than three years as the second in command. Although she was Altoona's first modern- era woman officer hired and now the first female chief, the gender issue was brushed aside by city officials. Police Chief John F. Treese, whose last day before retirement is Feb. 28, recom- mended Freehling as the best qualified per- son to lead the department. "I know it's being placed in the hands of an excellent new he said during a press conference Thursday. "She'll do an excellent job." "I've always been a person who doesn't believe male or female should be used as an adjective to describe a person's Freehling said. "I'm just proud to serve as a professional." Despite believing that gender doesn't mat- ter, Freehling becomes one of just a handful of women in the state who are municipal police chiefs. Please see A4 THE FREEHLING HIE Nmw: Janice J. Freehling Kit: 47 Bon: Altoona (dilation: Graduated from Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School in 1971; graduat- .ed from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor of science degree in criminolo- I gyin1975. Pirtonil: Has a son Jason, 21. Cirwr: Worked as caregiver at the Blair County Juvenile Detention Home. Joined the Altoona Police Department in October 1976. Assigned to patrol duty. Promoted to corporal in 1983 and assigned as investi- .gator to the Criminal Investigation and Youth Services 'divisions. Promoted to sergeant in 1986 and assigned to third platoon of the Patrol Division, served as second 'in command. Moved to first platoon in 1987, where X she served as officer in charge. Promoted to lieutenant of patrol In 1989. Promoted to captain in 1997. AchiovBmBnfs: Served on committee to review and implement recommendations made by Altoona Drug and Crime Commission. Member of the Blair County Drug Task Force from
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