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Woman, 49, becomes Surprise Police Department’s Rookie of the Year

Way to go, Officer Wendy!


Wendy Klarkowski isn’t the most intimidating-looking officer on the force at the Surprise Police Department.

Standing 5 feet 3 inches and weighing 118 pounds, Klarkowski is dwarfed by some of the hulking officers in the department.

But she is built with grit and determination, supervisors say. Those qualities led the 49-year-old to be named the department’s Rookie of the Year, making her the oldest officer in Surprise to achieve the distinction.