Rosemount welcomes newest police officer home
It was a bit of a homecoming for Rosemount's newest police officer, Cassandra Witt, who took the oath of office at the March 7 City Council meeting. Witt was raised in Rosemount and served as a community service officer there before taking a position as a police cadet, and eventually a patrol officer and detective in Richfield.
She was hired as a patrol officer by the Rosemount Police Department Dec. 12 and recently completed her field training. Rosemount Police Chief Mitchell Scott told the council he has heard nothing but praise for Witt since she started.
"We were extremely fortunate that she chose to come back home where she belongs," he said. "You know I preach family, and I firmly believe that she will make an excellent addition to our family."
Witt, whose husband works as a police office for the city of Bloomington, said she has always wanted to come back and serve the community she calls home.
"I grew up in Rosemount and my family lives here. My husband and I have chosen to start our life in Rosemount ... the community and the city mean a lot to me," she said.
She said she looks forward to returning to the police department where she got her feet wet in law enforcement.
"All of the people that I work with here mean a lot to me," she said. "When I was a community service officer here, they were so kind to me and just really gave me a good footing for my law enforcement career."
Witt graduated from Rosemount High School, and then from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Criminology and a minor in communication and Spanish. She joins five female officers and 18 male officers at the Rosemount Police Department, which Scott noted employs as many female officers as Apple Valley, which is twice its size.
"My goal is to get the best officer we can get," he said. "We are excited and we think she's going to have a great career here with the Rosemount Police Department."
Witt said she has always wanted to be a part of a city that really cares about their community.
"It's a great police department," she said, "and I'm really excited to be back here."