U.S. Park Police Chief Teresa Chambers
WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The first female leader of the oldest uniformed federal constabulary has announced her retirement today, officials said.
U.S. Park Police Chief Teresa Chambers will retire on December 5, which is the 35th anniversary of when she was sworn as a police officer.
In a statement, Chief Chambers said, "It is time for me to accept new challenges. It was important that I leave on my terms and at a time of my choosing."
Chambers started her career as a police officer for Prince George's County, where she served for more than 20 years. She is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the FBI's prestigious National Executive Institute.
In 2002, she was named Chief of the U.S. Park Police. U.S. Park Police, with approximately 600 officers, is responsible for protecting monuments and other assets in the area including San Francisco, and New York City areas. They also assist in providing protection for the President and visiting dignitaries.
She earned the nickname "The Honest Chief" after she gave an interview to the Washington Post confirming information that they already had regarding low staffing levels. Her supervisors ordered her stripped of her badge, gun and police authority. This resulted in a legal battle in which it was proved that the actions taken against her were 'groundless or illegal'.