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First woman of Somali descent joins St. Paul Police Department
by Raya Zimmerman
In Somali culture, women don't strive to become police officers, Kadra Mohamed said.
On Saturday morning, 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 of being the first woman of Somali descent in the department. "I want to be a good role model for others, especially Somali women."
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