Cumberland sheriff names first female to motorcycle unit

Posted October 12, 2009

— Cumberland County Sheriff Earl "Moose" Butler has assigned Deputy Rita Tatum to the Motors/Escort Unit of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office.

Tatum is the first female to join the unit and will be escorting local residents through traffic, conducting funeral processions and patrolling communities.


A native of Statesville and a retired Army master sergeant, Tatum joined the Sheriff’s Office in February 2008 and has served as a road patrol deputy and a field training officer.


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  • schoobydooyellow Oct 16, 2009

    I bet there is a lot upset veteran officers about this. Only there 20 mths and lands this cushy job. What a slap in the face of the other duputies.

  • tanner Oct 14, 2009

    Am I reading that right? She's been a deputy for about a year and a half and she's already training other deputies and now she's on a specialized motorcycle unit? She learns quickly.

  • capitalland Oct 13, 2009

    Lets hope they're on BMWs, not Harleys.

  • bonnnie Oct 13, 2009

    Way to go Rita, Congrats!

  • Boogereater Oct 13, 2009

    Good for her.
    Maybe she can be our spokes person for getting women off their cell phones so all the bikers can feel a little safer on the roads.

  • oldrebel Oct 12, 2009

    Seems like this would have been a natural story to have had an accompanying photograph.