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New officer joins police department

Joshua Swenson is the new Rosemount Police officer.

Joshua Swenson took his oath of office as Rosemount's newest police officer and then gave his 3-year-old daughter a high five on March 15.

That brief moment gave a window into Swenson's life. The 28-year-old loves his family and he loves being a police officer.

"It's an exciting job. There's something different every day," said Swenson of police work.

Swenson started with the Rosemount Police Department Feb. 28. He will work as a patrol officer. Police chief Gary Kalstabakken said Swenson is hard-working and will be a good addition to the department. He was chosen over 250 other applicants for the job.

For the past 5 1/2 years Swenson has served on the Prairie Island police department near Red Wing. Swenson said the opportunity provided him with good experience.

He lives in Rosemount, however, and the possibility of a four-minute commute proved to be very persuasive. Swenson fills the position left open by Bryan Weatherford, who retired last year.

As a member of the Rosemount Police Department Swenson wants to be accessible and available to the people.

"I think I am fair and respectful. And someone (residents) can talk to," said Swenson.

Swenson grew up in Roseville and went to Concordia Academy. He attended college at Minnesota State University-Mankato and graduated with a degree in law enforcement in 3 1/2 years.

"I worked hard and took lots of classes," said Swenson of his college days.

Outside of the work and family, Swenson said he likes to spend time outdoors fishing and working on old cars.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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