South Florida, which suddenly has a cluster of female chiefs in the past 18 months, is mirroring a national trend. In 2017 alone, media reports show at least 18 new female police chiefs sworn in across the country — in cities like Dallas, Oakland and Honolulu and in smaller rural communities, too. Some say it’s the new normal in policing — where only 13 percent of the workforce is female. “It’s still a male-dominated profession but I think women have made enormous strides, and I think you’re seeing a culmination of two decades worth of women rising up in their departments,” said Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, a Washington D.C.-based policing think tank.