SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – One officer within the Shreveport Police Department is breaking barriers and blazing a new trail as the first black woman to ever serve on the department’s mounted patrol unit.
CaTari Jackson, 25, has been a patrol officer with Shreveport Police for four years. Last week, she completed a four-week certification course to become a member of SPD’s Mounted Patrol Unit.
Pictures from her photoshoot celebrating the occasion spread over social media over the weekend.
“God placed me here to use me to be an example for other young women,” said Officer Jackson. “So it’s a really great experience and feeling.”
This past Saturday Jackson spent her first evening on horseback in downtown Shreveport.
“Just something different,” she said. “Downtown is definitely different than just being on patrol.”
Jackson says she had no previous riding experience before joining the police force.
“This is my first time ever dealing with a horse. Riding a horse. Anything like that.” said Jackson.
She adds that she didn’t realize she would be the first black female to join the city’s mounted patrol unit.
“I really didn’t think about that, until my last week of training and one of the guys I was in training with he kinda picked it out.” said Jackson. “He was like, ‘Have you noticed you’re the first?’ And I was like, ‘No, I didn’t think about that.”
Learn more details about CaTari Jackson and her career next Wednesday on NBC 6 as we Salute The Badge.