Jennifer Whittet is Daytona Beach Police’s first female deputy chief

DAYTONA BEACH — In the 1982 movie “An Officer and a Gentleman,” a ruthless drill sergeant barks at female Navy aviation officer candidate Casey Seeger that she’ll never make it through the training or become an authoritative leader because she’s just a woman trying to be a man.

Something very similar happened to Jennifer Whittet in the earliest days of her career in a rural northern Wisconsin county dotted with small towns. She was the second female deputy ever hired by the Vilas County Sheriff’s Office, and a male field training officer essentially told her she was wasting her time.

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