March is Women’s History Month and the 2017 theme, declared by National Women’s History Project, is “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business”. The Oregon State Police is going to honor one woman each week, who has been a trailblazer for the Oregon State Police.
This week the Oregon State Police would like to honor Detective Carla Urbigkeit. Detective Urbigkeit joined the Oregon State Police as a recruit in August of 1999 in the Patrol Services Division. After spending almost four years on the east side of the state in Patrol, Detective Urbigkeit transferred to the Fish & Wildlife Division and relocated to the Newport Area Command. Detective Urbigkiet remains at the Newport office, but she is now a member of the Major Crimes Team in the Criminal Services Division.
Detective Carla Urbigkeit was the first women tactical medic on the Oregon State Police SWAT Team. Carla joined the SWAT team in January 2014 as one of three SWAT Medics at that time. Carla says, “I joined the team as the SWAT medic because I always loved helping people. I loved the thought of knowing I could treat and care for my team and be a source of aid if they ever needed it.” Detective Urbigkeit’s Lieutenant says, “Over the years Detective Urbigkeit has brought high energy and a positive attitude to our special operations teams. Her dedication as a tactical medic consistently shines through.”
Although Carla is no longer on the SWAT team, she is currently a member of the OSP MRT team as their medic. Her dedication to training hard, remaining in shape and her get the job done attitude ensures Carla as a “trailblazer” for the women of the Oregon State Police. The Oregon State Police would like to say thank you to Detective Carla Urbigkeit for being a trailblazer for women at the Oregon State Police.