RARA-AVIS: Louisa Dixon

From: JIM DOHERTY ( jimdohertyjr@yahoo.com)
Date: 03 Sep 2002

Louisa Dixon made law enforcement history in 1988 when she was appointed Mississippi's Commissioner of Public Safety, which put her in charge of the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the first woman to command a state police force, and possibly the highest-ranking woman officer in American police history.

Oddly, she was never actually a professional police officer. Mississippi apparently rarely appoints professional law enforcement officers to this position. She was an able administrator, however, and after leaving the Patrol, she wrote two novels (with a third on the way) about Laura Owen, the first women Commissioner of Public Safety in Mississippi's history, NEXT TO LAST CHANCE and OUTSIDE CHANCE.

Her style is pretty much of the serviceable nuts-and-bolts kind, but the stories, weaving police procedure with Southern politics, are quite involving and her insider knowledge is evident.


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