Taylor was eventually succeeded in the department by Louise Nelson Darling, who was appointed to the department in 1950. Nelson-Darling was awarded the J. Edgar Hoover Award in 1977. This award was given for exceptional contributions to law enforcement and active community service.
Meanwhile, Waneda Ward was one of five African American female officers – along with Lorraine Betts, Clara Scott, Yvonne Hall and Jean Murell -- appointed to the department in December 1974.
Today, the Cambridge Police Department is led for the first time by four women in its Command Staff. Superintendent Christine Elow oversees the Department’s Operations Division and is the highest ranking woman in the history of the Department. Chief Andrea Brown is responsible for leading the Department's Professional Standards Unit, while Manisha Tibrewal is the Director of Planning, Budget and Personnel, where she oversees all personnel and fiscal matters for the department. Deputy Superintendent Pauline Wells is the Commanding Officer for the Administrative Section. Other notable women in the Department include Brooke Miller and Michaela McManus, who lead the Department’s Crime Scene Service Unit, and Meghan LaMonica, Rebecca Leonard and Devon Bracher from the Crime Analysis Unit..