A Quickie with Virginia Awkward

As Trish mentioned earlier this week, TLC’s new season of their series, Police Women, will feature an out officer with the Memphis Police Department named Virginia Awkward. Yes, she knows her name is funny. She also knows how to take down a perp and wears a gun, so if you want to make a wisecrack, make it a good one.

Actually, Virginia can be as good-natured as she can be tough as nails. She even understands that suspects will do an occasional double take — when responding to a call, she says, “Before they even get into it, they see my name tag, it’s like, ‘Are you serious? Your name is Awkward?'”

I don’t know. She seems more like the opposite of awkward, if you ask me.

Officer Awkward is one of four female officers that will be tailed over 12 episodes of Police Women of Memphis this summer. She took some time out of her very busy schedule to talk to us about being on the job, being out and being married.

AfterEllen: Did you always want to be a police officer?
Virginia Awkward:
My father is a retired lieutenant from the Memphis Fire Department and I’ve always admired his career. I knew that I would be in the public servant profession, but I wasn’t sure in what capacity.

AE: Why did you want to be a part of a reality show like Police Women of Memphis?
I wanted to show that policewomen are a big part of the professional police workforce. I also feel that female officers are as productive and effective as their male counterparts are.