In the late 2000s, UNLV officials were alarmed by news reports of a million military veterans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and enrolling in colleges and universities that were largely unprepared.
Bobi Oates didn’t want to be an airplane mechanic; she wanted to be a cop. And she was … sort of. After getting an associate’s degree in criminal justice, she landed a job as deputy sheriff for a small county in Vermont, where she was raised. This was the ’70s, when, to get to the big leagues of policing, women had to meet the same requirements as men.