Jefferson Township’s only female police officer, Chelsea Parisi, took time from her busy schedule to meet with Girl Scouts of Jefferson Township recently. During the “Cookies with a Cop” event at the Camp Jefferson lodge, Parisi shared stories about her journey to this position.

Parisi’s career in law enforcement began in 2008. As a master-at-arms in the U.S. Navy, she was deployed to Iraq and Kuwait in 2009-10. Afterward, she became a sheriff’s officer and then a police officer.

The Jefferson officer shared her three philosophies: “If you are grateful, you can’t feel bad. If you do the right things, the right things will happen. It’s not what happens to us, it’s how we handle it.”

Explaining why she loves her job, Parisi stated, “I come in contact with people who are having a bad day mostly. I get to help those people on a daily basis to have a better day.”

Scout leader Janet Boetticher, who organized the event, told The Jefferson Chronicle, “Chelsea exemplifies all that Girl Scouts stand for: building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.” She added, “Officer Parisi is an amazing woman and we are very lucky to have her here in Jefferson Township.”

Local Girl Scouts look forward to sponsoring Chelsea Parisi’s police trading cards.

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