Delaware State Police Celebrate Women’s History Month

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March is Women’s History Month, and the Delaware State Police are celebrating by recognizing several female troopers, from both the past and present, who have paved the way and established themselves as leaders within the division and amongst their peers. We’re excited to honor their contributions and efforts by highlighting the following Delaware State Police Female Firsts in the First State:


Colonel Melissa Zebley

  • First female in charge of the Honor Guard Unit
  • First female Director of Public Information
  • First female to reach the ranks of Major, Lieutenant Colonel, and Colonel


Captain Mary Ann Papili (Ret.)

  • First female in charge of the Domestic Violence Unit
  • First female to reach the rank of Captain
  • First female Troop Commander
  • First female Director of ISS


Captain Elizabeth Shamany (Ret.)

  • First female instructor at the State Police Academy
  • First female assigned to Internal Affairs
  • First female Director of SBI
  • First female Director of Training


Captain Alice Brumbley (Ret.)

  • First female Director of Human Resources


Captain Melissa Hukill (Ret.)

  • First female Sergeant assigned to a Special Investigations Unit
  • First female assigned to the Homicide Unit
  • First female in charge of the Homicide Unit


Captain Jennifer Griffin (Ret.)

  • First female to obtain her PhD while on active duty
  • First female Director of Internal Affairs


Captain Mary McGuire

  • First female in charge of the Conflict Management Team


Lieutenant Andrea Boone (Ret.)

  • First African American female Lieutenant
  • Highest ranking African American female in the history of the State Police


Sergeant Pamela Marshack (Ret.)

  • First female to serve as a full-time Trooper Recruiter


Sergeant Kelly Wells (Ret.)

  • First female in charge of the High Tech Crimes Unit
  • First female in charge of the SOAR Unit


Master Corporal Nicole Parton

  • First female helicopter pilot for the State Police


Corporal Kimberly Cook (Ret.)

  • First female Trooper of the Year


Trooper Cynthia Lowden (Ret.)

Trooper Georgia Carter (Ret.) (not pictured)

  • First female Recruit Troopers

To learn more about the history and storied traditions of the Delaware State Police, you can visit the Delaware State Police Museum website. The Museum is located at 1425 North Dupont Highway in Dover and is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (except State and Federal holidays).

The Library of Congress also hosts a website detailing the study and celebration of Women’s History Month in American history. Their site also offers numerous links to exhibits, articles, audio recordings, video clips, and other resources that focus on the powerful impact that women have had in shaping our culture today.

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