Woman state trooper says, 'I think females make great police officers'

The Minnesota State Patrol wants to recruit more women.

Posted: Apr. 13, 2018 9:49 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. --
Lieutenant Christina Bogojevic says that growing up, she never saw herself as a law enforcement officer. However, now that she's been with the Minnesota State Patrol for 15 years, it's the best decision she has made.

"I've had great experiences since I've come out. I've had a lot of opportunities, and I don't think those have to do with being a female." She explains that she doesn't feel the public or her male colleagues treat her any differently than a male trooper.

Rochester Police Department's Officer Carrie Hartley thinks that regardless of gender, departments should hire whomever is the most qualified.

On Saturday, the Minnesota State Patrol is holding a Women in Law Enforcement Informational Seession in Golden Valley.

Bogojevic has some advice for women considering pursuing careers in law enforcement. "Reach out. Do ride-alongs. Speak to other women officers. Speak to other male officers. Search for the department you want to work for."

Hartley also offers her advice: "You need to have good ethics, impeccable morals, tough skin, and an insane amount of compassion for people."

In the RPD, currently only about 8.2% of personnel are female.

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