South Dakota Highway Patrol seeks more female troopers

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BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota Highway Patrol is seeking to recruit more women to join the state troopers and is hosting seminars across the state for recruitment.

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

Brynn Rist is one of only 13 female troopers working for the state Highway Patrol. Rist said the job has its challenges, but can be rewarding as well.

Rist recalls several instances in which she's pulled over a vehicle and the driver or passengers have expressed surprise that she's a female trooper. But Rist says she's treated with the same level of respect as her male colleagues.