"I've been reaching for this for four years," Judge, 21, told The Brazil Times Monday after being sworn in as Clay County Sheriff's Department's newest and the first full-time female deputy. "I'm looking forward to being able to do the job, to do it all."
Heaton said Judge has been getting oriented with how the department works -- such as working in the jail and the 911-dispatch call center -- and the duties of a law enforcement officer -- such as patrolling, mapping the county roadways and doing paperwork.
"We hope to keep Judge as long as we can. She comes to us with a great background," Heaton said. "Having her on the department will allow us to pursue new and unique ways for investigations and how they are to be handled. A female officer can help create comfort areas for victims that male officers sometimes can't."
Starting at the police academy on Jan. 19, Judge expects to graduate in May and is looking forward to hitting the roadways of her soon-to-be new home.
"There are a great bunch of guys to work with at the department," Judge said. "I'm really looking forward to doing the job and getting to know Clay County."