, Muskogee, OK

August 20, 2013

Town’s first female officer on duty

— By April Reynolds

Times Correspondent

Tiffany Yarbrough is the first female police officer in the town of Fort Gibson.

And she’s glad to be on the job, she said.

Yarbrough’s first day on the job was July 23, but she’s not completely new to law enforcement.

She was an emergency medical technician first, but that experience helped her decide to become a law officer.

“I wanted to help the people more than medically. I wanted to go after the bad guy and find justice for these victims,” she said.

Yarbrough started her career in law enforcement at McIntosh County Jail, then was a deputy for Tulsa County before starting at the Fort Gibson Police Department.

She said that she’s been the first female officer at several jobs.

“I wouldn't let being a female stop you,” she said. “As long as you don't go in expecting they will treat you differently, they will treat you as an equal.”

Police Chief Clint Vernon said she is a perfect fit for the Fort Gibson Police Department.

“I think it is essential to have a female officer to allow the department to perform at the level we need to operate at,” Vernon said. “I think she is going to be a great asset to our department and the community.”

Yarbrough is a life-long resident of Fort Gibson whose father served as an officer in Muskogee and whose brother is also a Fort Gibson police officer.