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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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