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First female reserve plans to join Cottageville’s men in blue

Cottageville’s first female reserve officer is about to put on her uniform and take to the town’s streets.
Danielle Grooms, 22, of Cottageville, will be the first female reserve officer to join the Cottageville Police Department. She is part of a new class of reserve officers who are going to start their reserve officer training on March 4th.
Grooms now works at a convenience store in Cottageville but says becoming a reserve officer is part of her lifelong dream of becoming a police officer.
“I’m pretty close to the police department here, and I know they need a female officer,” she said. “It’s a strength I can bring to the department, and it’s something I’ve always wanted. This is my town, these are my people. I jumped at the chance.”
Grooms said she thinks this can jumpstart her law enforcement career by teaching her the basics. She ultimately wants to be a female officer in the CPD, she said.
“There’s a lot that a female officer can do in this town, especially when you think about a woman needs to say to another woman, as far as violence or fears she has,” said Grooms.
Cottageville Police Chief Jefferey Cook praised Grooms for taking on the role as a volunteer, and said she has “drive for the career.”
“Law enforcement is not a job. It’s a life path. She has that,” he said.
“She has been waiting patiently for this reserve class to start.”
Grooms is one in approximately 10 new reserves who are enrolled for the upcoming reserve officer class for the Cottageville Police Department. The class is going to be taught by officers from the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office and from the Holly Hill Police Department.
Following their completing the class, the reserves will then take a state-mandated test.

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