Her website is down; I'd imagine much like her IQ. And I'm trying to get a copy of her resume that is going around various email circuits. When I get it, I'll post it. It's priceless!
The Pole-ease Academy is the online pole dancing studio run by Chicago Police Sergeant Stacey Smith. She's been getting publicity since the Chicago Tribune ran a story about women who are getting cosmetic procedurues to improve their appearances. Miss Smith, the story says, is learning "pole dancing". She was interviewed and photographed for the piece.
|It's great. But is it realistic? Many women seem willing to try. Stacey Smith, a Chicago police officer, is one of them. Smith loves her pole-dancing classes at Weissman's Chicago Heights studio.|
"It's a blast. I dress like a man every day. I wear men's clothes, and I work with mostly men. Then I come home, and I'm mommy to four. And I'm a master's student in public safety administration. So, I don't have a whole lot of time to be feminine. This kind of helps to get your sensuality back, not to mention physical fitness," she says.
I've never worked with Miss Smith but plenty of officers have and are none too impressed with her abilities on the police department. Second City Cop has had quite a few anonymous posters comment on their views of her qualifications as a sergeant of police.
I have to say that since I don't know Miss Smith, I can't comment on what kind of sergeant she is. Nor can I comment on how she is as a person. Having said that let me put my opinion out there about how this type of woman reflects negatively on the Chicago Police department.
There is no doubt that it is a difficult road for a female to be a police officer. Women don't have the size nor strength that a man has. Many of us are asked to go into difficult and dangerous situations and to protect the lives of citizens and, those of our brother and sister officers in the field. Many male officers don't want to work with a female because they feel that it is a safety issue. If the fights on, you better be certain that your partner is up to the task and can assist you properly. You're putting your life in his or her hands.
More problematic, women on the department are assumed, by some male members, to fall into one of two categories: slut or lesbian. I know that doesn't apply to ALL male officers but it is an undercurrent in the department. So women face challenges on the job that make it difficult to negotiate. I've found that female officers simply want to be given a chance to show that they can do it just as well as men and many of them do. Many of them are excellent police officers.
However, when people like Sgt. Smith go public with salacious tidbits about her personal life; getting cosmetic surgery and exotic pole dancing - it just feeds into the stereotype that female police officers are only on this job to use their sexuality to get promoted, or stay on a cushy inside spot or do nothing but act like some white trash hillbilly.
It's just my opinion but I think that Sgt. Smith's public conduct is a poor reflection on this department and she should be chided, nay disciplined, for having made a mockery of the badge. Why make it harder on your fellow female officers when they already have it hard enough?