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St. Paul PD Hires First Female Officer of Somali Descent

March 04, 2014  | 

On Saturday morning, Kadra Mohamed was recognized as the first Somali-American woman to join the St. Paul Police Department, a move made possible by the department's announcement that it has approved an option for employees to wear a police-issued hijab.

"It's nerve-wracking in a way," Mohamed, 21, said to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "I want to be a good role model for others, especially Somali women."

Police Chief Thomas Smith said St. Paul joins at least one other department -- in Washington, D.C. -- as the only departments in the U.S. to allow the hijab, a head scarf worn in public by some Muslim women.

Tags: Somali-American, Muslim Officers, St. Paul (Minn.) PD


Comments (15)

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MNMarshal @ 3/4/2014 6:09 PM

My state and more of the same liberal political correctness at the expense of established services. Any Muslim that insists on wearing the hijab at work because their "religion" demands it, then logically they should not be in law enforcement in the USA because Islam demands obedience to the Q'uran(Koran) and the Q'uran includes the tenants of Sharia law over ceded all other countries laws. For example: The Q'uran openly allows wife beating as a rational method of husband's control, and Honor Killings are not disavowed either. One can not take an oath to defend the Constitution and the laws of one's state while still being a practicing Muslim. Immigrants need to assimilate to the USA culture and that includes we have dress regs for uniforms in the military and law enforcement agencies_ it is a sign of the agency culture and identification. Turbans and hijabs are not a part of our American LEO and military, no matter how badly Obama would like to see America lose its uniqueness.

Serpico @ 3/4/2014 9:03 PM

MNMarshal summed it up perfectly! I agree 100%!

Boston @ 3/5/2014 4:31 AM

We wonder why our country is in such a turmoil. I do not see any other countries reciprocating or even thinking about an American LEO in their country. I wonder why? St.Paul's PD is off base here! What about the VETS??? They should have priority over all.

Capt. Crunch @ 3/5/2014 12:45 PM

The citizens of St. Paul, should write to the mayor's office and demand that she not be hired as a police officer because her Muslim religion prevents her from defending the Constitution of the United States.

S.S. @ 3/5/2014 1:50 PM

WOW! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?

Boston @ 3/5/2014 4:33 PM

Capt. Crunch, Great idea! I wonder at what point smart Americans are going to wake-up and take back their Constitutional rights and stop letting the politician and PC folks run the country into the ground.

Lenny @ 3/5/2014 4:37 PM

Good for her, and good for Chief Thomas Smith!
If nothing else you have pissed off every racist hillbilly cop out there.
I remember when this idea was first being looked at the "constitution
defenders"(bahahahah) on this site said it would be the end of the world.
Well, we're all still here and all of you are still trying as best you can to blame this on liberals, Obama and the Q'uran as described to you by Sean Hannity.
Grow up and just accept that you're racists.

Oh, Capt. Crunch I'm still waiting to hear from your lawyer.

Metro @ 3/5/2014 4:44 PM

How will she wear PPE- a helmet if required as well as a gas mask? Obviously, she will need to take her hijab off to wear these things. Will she not participate in times of civil unrest? Don't get me started on DC metro...Its not about being a racist hillbilly. It's about professional standards.

Capt. Crunch @ 3/5/2014 5:34 PM

@ Lenny, takes time for the paper work.

Capt. Crunch @ 3/5/2014 5:52 PM

@ Boston, they can only push us so far and you know as well as I that when you mess with the bull you get the horns. Time will tell.

Johnny Law @ 3/6/2014 7:38 AM

Again everyone.....ignore the wanna-be-cop lenny and his stupid comments. He is not a cop so ignore his opinions which mean nothing since he is not a LEO. Maybe he can go on a Medical website and comment on the lastest brain surgery he didn't perform!! LOL!!! He is clearly a Libtard and knows nothing about Law Enforcement. He hates cops, christians and our country, which makes him a POS!! Stay safe my brothers and sisters!!

Lenny @ 3/6/2014 7:46 PM

@ Johnny Law
Sweetheart
One of the groups I belong to has a wonderful saying
"Take my advice I'm not using it".

Mike @ 3/7/2014 9:09 AM

Wow, this is really news!

David B @ 3/7/2014 1:41 PM

A photo of the the officer and the hijab would have added greatly to this article.

Greg @ 3/11/2014 4:20 AM

There is a photo of her in the newspaper article. What a travest. St. Paul also has an "East Africa Junior Police Academy"...how special. Somali's have had a major crime impact wherever they've settled...robbery, rape and gangs are their big contributions. It's claimed the scarf is also for her cultural identity...her identity should be as an officer, not a Somali-Muslim-Officer...Very Pathetic and listen for the flushing sound as American culture goes away.

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