Transgender Woman Graduates from SFPD Academy

Mikayla Connell is first transgender person to enter and complete SFPD academy.

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    A transgender officers has joined the San Francisco Police Department after graduating from the police academy, according to The Advocate.

    SFPD has had transgender officers before, though it's not certain how many. Connell, 45, is the first transgender person to enter the academy, however.

    Connell became a police officer after serving in the military and studying law, the magazine reported. She first entertained notions of becoming a police officer 23 years ago.

    Connell was president of her academy class and was feted twice with awards for academic achievement, the magazine reported.

    She said she feels pressure to do well.

    "I know people, especially in the trans community, are going to be watching me," she told reporters. "I can't let them down."