Va. officer was 'pioneer in policing'

Rosa Smith was partnered with the city's first female police officer for her entire career

By Arielle Retting
The Roanoke Times

ROANOKE, Va. — Rosa Lillian Adams Smith fearlessly walked the dark alleys and empty streets of downtown Roanoke for almost 20 years as the city's second female police officer. She died Sunday in Roanoke. She was 92.

Smith was hired in April 1944 and worked in the detective department until her retirement in August 1963...

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