Becky Hodges, one of the first women to join the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy, has retired. She said she will now spend time helping her husband on their farm and as well as make time to travel. (Matt Walsh | Index-Journal)
Something about being a police officer had Becky Hodges hooked. She wasn't following anyone's footsteps or fulfilling a family tradition. Simply put, it was a calling.
"I knew when I was freshman in high school, I wanted to go into law enforcement," Hodges said. "It was just something I always wanted to do."
So, she pursued her goals as she grew up in the 1970s, even though women were few and far between in most police departments.In 1979, then-Sheriff Giles Daniel hired her to the Greenwood County Sheriff's Office two years after she graduated from Ware Shoals High School and right around her graduation from Piedmont Technical College.
Hodges was one of the first women to join the sheriff's office as a deputy. At least one woman came before her, originally employed in an administrative role and later deputized.
"I think (Daniel) realized women were something he needed and something he had to have," Hodges said. "Unfortunately, more women were developing as crooks, so therefore, he needed to develop more women as deputies."
Hodges was assigned to the detention center when she was first hired, and she became the first female deputy in Greenwood County to graduate from the state's Criminal Justice Academy. There, she was one of three other women in her class.
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