Have you ever been curious what it’s like to be a part of the South Dakota Highway Patrol? Now is your chance.
Currently, there are around 190 troopers in the South Dakota Highway Patrol. But only 13 of them happen to be women.
With their upcoming women’s recruitment seminars, they’re looking to increase those numbers.
These seminars are held with the intent of women being able to gain another woman’s perspective when looking for a career in law enforcement.
“I think a lot of the challenges women face trying to get a law enforcement career is – a lot of it is internal; self-doubt. There’s a lot of concerns about our physical capabilities compared to the male,” Highway Patrol Officer Deanna Johnson said.
Back in 2014, the number of women on patrol was a lot smaller.
“Originally when they started doing the women’s recruitment seminars, there were maybe four or five women on the Highway Patrol, and I was one of them,” Johnson said.
Trooper Deanna Johnson found inspiration to join the partol and do her part to help those in need.
“I went into law enforcement because there was a family member of mine who was using substances – and in a domestic relationship – and instead of sitting in the sidelines and watching her get victimized I decided that I wanted to do something to help out,” Johnson said.
There are many positions as a part of Highway Patrol. Officer Johnson is a service dog handler.
She was asked to share her experience at the seminar with other women looking to join.
“Even if it’s not going to be this time that you’re going to apply, but it’s just putting a seed in your head to think about it. It’s just an opportunity to get those questions answered,” Johnson said.
They are holding two seminars Tuesday — one in Sioux Falls and the other in Pierre. Both begin at 6 p.m. Then there’s one Wednesday in Rapid City, also at 6 p.m.
To learn more about the seminars, we’ve provided a link for you right here.