ALEA makes history, names woman head of highway patrol

Published: Jan. 25, 2018 at 12:49 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 26, 2018 at 6:18 AM EST
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(WTVM) - Law enforcement runs in the blood of Alabama's new head of highway patrol.

Susanna Capps is a 21-year veteran of  Alabama's law enforcement.

Her father served as a chief deputy in New York and after relocating to Alabama at the age of 15, her interest in law enforcement stuck with her.

She is the first woman to hold the position of head of the Alabama Highway Patrol.

Officials say Capps changed her course of work with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) after working a deadly crash with a state trooper as a Phenix City police officer.

Capps is now the chief of more than 400 state officers.

Capps says she doesn't come to work every day with a chip on her shoulder, she just comes to work to do her job.

This is a pretty big deal for Phenix City. She is 1 of 19 female troopers in the state and now the first woman to ever hold the position.

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