ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — St. Paul Police welcomed the first Somali female officer to the department on Saturday.
Kadra Mohamed joined the department as part of its community liaison program. Kenyan-born Mohamed graduated from Central High School in 2010.READ MORE: New Poll Shows Minneapolis Residents Support Charter Amendment Replacing Police
She will graduate from St. Cloud State with a criminal justice degree in May, but she got her badge Saturday and spoke some words of wisdom to future recruits.
“The reason I’m even here today is because, you know, I had an idea set in my head, and I worked really hard to try to get to this dream of mine,” Mohamed said. “I want to tell you guys to continue on doing a good job.”READ MORE: Minnesota Apple Orchards Endure Labor Shortage During Peak Season
No other department in the state of Minnesota has hired a Somali woman to work on their force.
St. Paul is also one of only a few across the nation to now allow hijabs to be worn on the job.MORE NEWS: 'I Laid On The Floor And Just Bawled': Minnesota TikTok Sensation, 79, Overwhelmed By Support After Scooter Breaks
Police Chief Tom Smith says the department hopes that Mohamed will be a role model for other Somali women that may want to become police officers.