The Twin Cities has the largest Somali community outside of Somalia, and one Somali woman is one of the latest to be sworn in to a metro area police department.
Kadra Mohammed is one of the first 12 new Metro Transit Police Officers. "I'm excited, definitely excited." She is the first sworn in female Somali officer in Minnesota and quite possibly the country. "It's just a step forward, I plan on making more steps forward in my career, so I'm very excited for that."
Fox 9 first met Kadra over a year ago when St. Paul police hired her to be a community service officer. She was also the second officer in the country to wear a special hijab with her uniform.
Now, she will have a badge and a gun, while she rides Metro Transit buses and trains.
See this: Kadra graduating St. Paul police academy
"She represents that large population of Somali women who use transit. I hope when they see her on the train on the bus they feel more comfortable." Chief John Harrington
The first Somali sergeant in the US, Waheid Siraach, who is currently on a leave of absence to train national police back in Somali, awarded Mohammed her badge. "To have first Somali female officer in Minnesota, it's an historic day for the people of Minnesota and the Somali community."