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.

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"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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