New officer brings a wealth of experience
Katie Ruesink worked as a paramedic for HealthEast for nine years. It was a satisfying job and she was good at it. In 2013, she was named the Outstanding EMS Provider Award by the Dakota County EMS Council.
Still, what Ruesink really wanted was to work in law enforcement. She caught the bug working as a reserve officer for the city of Maplewood. A while back she earned a certificate in law enforcement from Alexandria Technical College.
While she wanted to work as a police officer, Ruesink said she wasn’t willing to leave her job as a paramedic unless the right opportunity came along. She found that opportunity in Rosemount.
On July 15, Ruesink was sworn in as the newest Rosemount police officer and a new chapter began. Marking the start of her police career, her mom pinned her badge on her.
“I like the size of the department and the family environment here,” said Ruesink.
Ruesink was drawn to police work because it offers the chance to wear a lot of hats. As an officer, Ruesink hopes to work in a variety of different areas.
Ruesink worked as one of the tactical paramedics on the county’s MAAG team. She offered tactical team training including combat first aid, improved wellness and suicide bombers and terror attacks. Ruesink played a role in getting individual combat first aid kits placed in every marked police cruiser in Dakota County.
“I would love to work on the MAAG team again,” said Ruesink.
She would also like the opportunity down the road to be the high school resource officer.
To start out, though, Ruesink will work as a patrol officer. Ruesink believes her role as a police officer is to provide the best service possible.
“My job is in customer service. That was my focus as a paramedic and it served me well,” said Ruesink.
Ruesink will have the chance to get out and meet the public this week as she helps with Leprechaun Days events. She’s excited to get to know people in the community.
In her spare time, Ruesink spends a lot of time with her 9-month-old puppy Tui. Ruesink is training the yellow lab to be a certified therapy dog.
Tui was named after a flightless bird that lives in New Zealand. Ruesink traveled to New Zealand in 2010.