For the first time in Toronto police history, the most glamorous job in the service is going to a woman.

Insp. Kathryn Martin, a 24-year veteran of the force, has recently been promoted to head of the homicide squad. This post is one of the most sought-after in the organization.

“It is a big deal,” says Dr. Amy Ramsay, president of the International Association of Women Police. “It’s a big deal having women in homicide. There’s no reason why they wouldn’t or shouldn’t do just as well or better than men.”

Martin, in her early 40s, is expected to take the helm April 1, after the current head, Staff Insp. Brian Raybould, is to step down.

Described as smart, sharp and assertive by former colleagues, she’s also known as being tenacious and competitive, a woman who has no qualms about leading a predominantly male unit. Currently, only three of 34 investigators are women.

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