The New Canaan Branch of the American Association of University Women will host Susan Bretthauer, assistant chief of police of the Stamford Police Department,in the Lapham dining room in Waveny Park, on April 8 at 9:30 a.m. Her topic is titled "The Female Kid from the Bronx Does Good."

In 1983, the Stamford Police Department (a 300-person police department serving a diverse, urban community with a population of 120,000) hired Bretthauer, who started as a patrol officer working on all shifts and who was also assigned to a position in the field training office.

In 1998, she was promoted to sergeant and was assigned as the assistant director of training, which included all in-service training as well as administering Stamford's Recruit Academy sessions for three years. During this time, she attended Fairfield University and graduated in 1993 with a Master's of Arts in community counseling. She was promoted to lieutenant in 1996 and captain in 2001, when she served as commander of the emergency communications center. In 2006, she was promoted to assistant chief, the second highest-ranking position in the Stamford Police Department.

She graduated in June 2001 from the Senior Management Institute for Police program in Boston and in December 2003 from the 215th session of the FBI's National Academy in Quantico, Va. She is a criminal justice adjunct professor at Post University in Waterbury and has also joined Sacred Heart University as an adjunct faculty member.

All members, their guests and anyone interested in this discussion or becoming a member of AAUW are welcome to attend.

Call 203-966-6116 or 203-966-6116 for more information. AAUW is a national organization committed to advancing equity for women and girls through education, advocacy and research.