It was a suggestion that got Tammy Allred started on her career in law enforcement.
She was working as a dispatcher with Covenant Health System in Lubbock when a supervisor suggested that she look into working as a security officer.
Allred applied for a job in security and was hired.
That was about 20 years ago.
She began training as a Levelland patrol officer the first of the month.
Allred is the first female officer to join the Levelland Police Department in about five years.
Next month she will take her career a step further when she becomes one of two new school resource officers with the Levelland Independent School District.