Officer King continues to influence, inspire young women

Officer King continues to influence, inspire young women

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Sharniece King is currently the only female black officer serving at LPD. Since we first reported about King, she has continued to stay involved and has now been able to share her story with young girls who see a part of themselves in King. 

At an enrichment class for the West Texas Dancing Raiderettes, King shared her journey from growing up around law enforcement, studying criminal justice in college, to making it through the academy. King said this profession is her calling.

"What drives me is maintaining that positive role," King said. "Being that role model, and just being able to help people." 

While not every young girl may have the same aspiration, King shared an important lesson. She explained to them, what they do now will affect their future.

"Maintaining a positive reputation and a good rapport with everybody around you definitely takes you farther in life," King said.

This message is something Raiderette Founder, Treva Ellison said she hopes will stick with these young dancers.

"This is probably something that's going to help them grow and show them, I can achieve anything," Ellison said. "I don't have to just let the color of my skin hold me back, I can be, whatever it is I want to be in life." 

King said she never let her gender or race become a barrier to her goals. She said she hopes these ladies will do the same. 

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