Ofc. O'Neil served for 32 Years total: 2 Yrs. Deputy Sheriff, Erie Co. NY, 20 Yrs. Metropolitan Police, DC and 10 Yrs. Chief, Special Police/Security, DC
She transitioned circa 1969. She served as a fully transitioned female officer for 12 years. She reported a 90% conviction rate for arrests she made. She was nominated for and promoted to Master Patrol Officer after she had transitioned. She was the recipient of 70 commendations.
Bonnie was an eight year veteran of the DC police force when she made the trip to Trinidad, Colorado and had SRS performed by Dr. Stanley Biber. In 1979 she became the first, as so far the only trans cop on the DC force. Bonnie married Earl O'Neal who preceded her in death
Press coverage was of a positive nature and her transition was relatively without drama.
Bonnie's obituary can be viewed at The Post-Journal in Jamestown, New York at
An excerpt of her obituary is as follows: Bonnie N. O'Neal November 18, 2009
Bonnie N. O'Neal, 66 died at 8:10 a.m. Tuesday Nov. 17, 2009 in her home.
She was born Feb. 25, 1943, in Buffalo, the daughter of Ormus W. Jr. and Josephine Martin Davenport.A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Bonnie had studied at American University, George Washington University, and had earned a Doctor of Public Administration from Pacific Western University
.Prior to retiring, she had been employed for 20 years as a master patrol officer with the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department. She had also served as a captain with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 329 in Hamburg, N.Y.Bonnie was communicant of the St. Joseph Catholic Church and a member of the Altar and Rosary Society.
Bonnie was a member of the Westfield Fish and Game Club, the Fraternal Order of Police and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Bonnie was an avid boating enthusiast.