Busiest Police Officer

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Mary Gary of the Richmond Police Department.

If you're up to no good, stay far, far away from officer Mary Gary.

Gary, who used to patrol the Church Hill, Union Hill, Chimborazo and Fulton neighborhoods, made 197 arrests in 2012 — more than any other Richmond police officer.

She's been with the Richmond Police Department for three and a half years, and recently became a forensics detective in the major crimes unit. Before that, she worked the midnight shift from 11 p.m. to 8 a.m. She stayed busy to stay awake, she says — and she has a competitive streak.

"It sounds nerdy, but I really, really, really enjoy what I do," Gary says. Criminals have to keep getting lucky, she observes, while: "I just have to get lucky once. And I have a whole sea to pick from."

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