2019 Onyx Woman Leadership Award Honoree: Major Kristal Turner-Childs is A Woman of Service


Name: Major Kristal Turner-Childs Title: Director, Bureau of Forensic Services Company: Pennsylvania State Police Industry: Law Enforcement  Years in this Industry: 21

Why did you choose this profession? 

My personal ethics are rooted in integrity, discipline, and altruism. I have a genuine concern for others regardless of their condition.  I became a Pennsylvania State Trooper to protect and defend those in need. 

What role has the support of other women played in your success?  

I am a child of the sixties.  I was born in rural North Carolina. My mother served the role of mother and father.  Our pockets were poor, but my upbringing was rich.  My mother, grandmother and great grandmother picked cotton.  The law enforcement profession is white male dominated, so my female influences were few.  However, those that came before me provided valuable insight and mentoring.  

What does receiving this award mean to you?

I recognize that a person does not achieve any level of success completely on his or her own.  We stand upon the shoulders of those who have gone before us.  It is through that journey, along with support of family, friends and colleagues, that success is achieved.  

What advice would you give to other women who want to go into your field? 

You are needed.  Diversity in law enforcement is necessary.  Women are skilled communicators, which is a valued skill set in law enforcement. Women are less likely to use excessive force and are better at defusing violent encounters, thus lowering the percentage of deadly force encounters.  

What would you tell other women about overcoming obstacles? 

Be resilient.  At the heart of resilience is a belief in oneself—yet also a belief in something larger than oneself. Resilient people do not let adversity define them. They find resilience by moving towards a goal beyond themselves.  

On May 4, 2019, we will be honoring  Kristal along with 18 other women who have been selected for their contributions to other women. Check back next week to see how you can register to attend.

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  1. I could write a book about her humble spirit of servitude but obviously with this award, you already know. Just like the God she serves, TC is never changing. A true inspiration, dedicated to healing Women, Children, Community one person at a time. There are leaders in word, but Kristal is a leader in deed. A true Blessing,

  2. I can’t think of a more deserving Honoree for such a prestigious award. Kristal makes you want to do/be better simply by being in her presence. She is selfless in her giving and her integrity precedes her. She inspires and impacts lives in ways she may not even understand, by driving home the tennents of excellence in all that she does, everything she is, and all that she touches.

  3. Congratulations Kristal! You embody service and consistently demonstrate that quality in your interactions with all. Again, congratulations and continue to serve.

  4. I am so very proud of her, and my wife and I were there while she was in training at the Academy. We worked together in the Troops and enjoyed watching her grow and develop into the wonderful woman and leader she has become. Congratulations T.C.

  5. What a well deserved honor Kristal Turner-Childs is a true leader and a example of what a stronge woman should be. Kristal has put God first and this is the reason she is blessed.

  6. I am PROUD to call her MY HOMEGIRL & MY, Soror. (DELTA SIGMA THETA SORORITY INCORPORATED) ALWAYS has a Smile for ALL that she comes in contact with.
    Represents the Pennsylvania State Police with, PRIDE !!!
    A wise choice for this Prestigious Award.

  7. Perfect Choice😍 Kristal Turner-Childs is an inspiration to all that know her. I am truly Blessed to have gotten to know her in the last 10 years. She is deserving of this and much more. Thank you for recognizing her with this prestigious honor.


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