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South Dakota Highway Patrol seeks more female troopers

BROOKINGS (AP) -- The South Dakota Highway Patrol has been seeking to recruit more women to join the state troopers for several years. Brynn Rist is one of only 13 female troopers that work for the state Highway Patrol. Rist told KSFY News that t...

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BROOKINGS (AP) - The South Dakota Highway Patrol has been seeking to recruit more women to join the state troopers for several years.

Brynn Rist is one of only 13 female troopers that work for the state Highway Patrol.

Rist told KSFY News that the job has its challenges, but can be rewarding as well.

"I've definitely had times where I pull a car over, I walk up to the window and someone's super surprised that it's me walking up there," Rist said. "I get 'Oh you're a woman' all the time or 'Oh I was expecting a man's voice."

But Rist said she's treated with the same level of respect as her male colleagues.

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"More females are getting interested and realizing that we also can do the job," said Rist. "It's not just for guys. We can do it too."

South Dakota Highway Patrol Captain Jason Husby said they want to facilitate a conversation with women they're looking to hire and women who already work for the agency.

The Highway Patrol is continuing to host seminars across the state for recruitment. Upcoming seminars include two on March 6, one in Aberdeen and one in Watertown.

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