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Baldwin County sheriff adds 1st woman to Special Ops Unit

Baldwin County sheriff adds first woman to Special Ops Unit. (WPMI)

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) - Law enforcement estimates that 90 percent of the drugs in this country come from Mexico or Central America. So, interstates 10 and 65 are major veins for drug trafficking, and even human trafficking. That is a lot of criminal activity rolling through our local counties.

We salute one of the officers on the front line trying to stop the flow, and put the bad guys behind bars.

"I like anything that is upbeat, uptempo. So, that's what attracted me to it."

Deputy Shana Hudmon likes to be where the action is. That's why she played basketball growing up, and that same team game is why she's settled in with the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office.

"You're constantly moving. You are making contact with so many people. That is really what attracted me to it, being out here on the interstate is a different thing than being on the street, working a regular beat," said Hudmon.

Shana joined Baldwin County two years ago and five months ago she was promoted, becoming the first woman ever to serve on the Special Ops Unit.

"They treat me like another member of the team. I honestly don't even consider the fact that I'm female. I'm a part of the team. They welcomed me with open arms. I'm their sister, you can say, and it worked out perfectly," described Hudmon.

Sheriff Huey Hoss says, "she is one of the most determined law enforcement officers that I've probably met ... she's very focused. She's very determined. She's highly skilled. And that's why, in her short time with the sheriff's office, she got placed on this unit."

Because of the nature of her assignment, Hudmon didn't want us to show her face. But she was eager to share a part of her job that gives her so much satisfaction.

"They encounter so much. We've had recent arrests in human trafficking ... child pornography ... trademark infringement, and different things coming through our interstates. So, the addition of her to this unit expands that. Having a fully trained, capable female deputy sheriff also helps us in dealing with some of the circumstances that are unique that they encounter," said Hoss.

Hudmon said, "simply being on the unit gives me pride. As for being the first female, [not] so much. If anything, the thing that I get from that is the gratification in knowing that a female watching me do what I'm doing right now, that may feel as though she can't do it; she'll know she know she can. So, that's the most important thing to me."

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