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APA debuts ‘Warrior Women of the Police Department’ calendar

Thursday, January 18, 2018 by Katy McElroy

The Austin Police Association is releasing its first all-women police officer calendar today. There’s even a teaser video, here! The press release states that all proceeds from the calendar sales will go to Austin Cops for Charities, a group providing “assistance to local nonprofits in areas of education and youth development” as well as “aid and emergency support to (APD officers) and their families in times of need.” From Austin Police Officer Susana Sanchez’s message about the calendar: “Showing the real female officer is what we aimed to do by producing the 2018 Warrior Women of APD Calendar. It was an effort to show the public a version of us, the police, from the viewpoint of officers instead of through the eyes of Hollywood or the perspective of a viral video. From what we could find, the images of the female officer as a professional and as a human being have rarely been fused this way. We believed we could bring this concept to life in the form of a charity calendar and, hopefully, encourage other agencies to build on this idea.” The launch celebration today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the police union headquarters will consist of a media press conference followed by an opportunity for sworn and non-sworn police employees to “purchase the calendars and participate in autographs, meet and greets and photo ops with the calendar’s girls,” according to the press release. The Austin American-Statesman talked to APA Executive Director Valencia Escobar, who said that there is no release date for public sales of the calendars yet. She did warn that due to high interest at the APD, there is a possibility that the first batch of calendars will sell out at the launch event, meaning the public might have to wait a bit longer until the re-order comes in.

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