Learn why Officer Bridget McBride chose to pursue a career in law enforcement.
“Wear the Badge” is a program produced by the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association (MCPA), a nonprofit organization representing chief law enforcement officers across the state. MCPA works to bring the highest quality police services and leadership to the people of Minnesota. As part of their efforts to promote careers in law enforcement, we will be highlighting some of Fridley’s police officers to learn why they chose and continue to be an officer in our community.
The night before Bridget McBride started college, she was involved in a car accident and did not have proof of insurance for her vehicle with her.McBride recalls a female officer responding to the incident and handling the situation calmly, making her feel at ease during the stressful situation. McBride met with the same officer the next day to provide her insurance information and ended up spending two hours in the officer’s squad car discussing what its like to be a woman in law enforcement. It was a life-changing experience for McBride. This officer was able to take a negative and stressful situation an turn it into a positive experience. After that, McBride knew she wanted to become a police officer and provide the same type of service to others.
Four years later, McBride graduated from St. Cloud State University with a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement. During her time in college, she served the City of St. Cloud as a Community Service Officer (CSO), was a Police Reserve Officer for the City of Sartell, and for six years was enlisted in the Navy Reserves as 2nd Class Petty Officer Operational Specialist. She attended Alexandria Technical &Community College for her law enforcement skills training, completed her requirements, and moved to the Twin Cities to be an officer in a metropolitan area.While working as a security officer in the metro, she saw an opening for a police officer position for the City of Fridley in 2005. McBride was interested in the opportunity because it was a first-ring suburban community with a police department that offered good training, a diverse amount of calls, and was using advanced technology in their law enforcement strategies. She applied, but just missed the cut to be hired in that round of officers. With Fridley still in mind, she applied to the city again two years later and was hired on April 12, 2007. She currently serves Fridley as a detective who also oversees pawnshop regulation within the city.
This job brings new challenges each day, and McBride enjoys being a part of a team that works together to help better the community and resolve issues.She appreciates the positive impact her position can make on community members and there sources she has access to in order to help the community. McBride has been a part of several community outreach events, including Coats from Cops, Night to Unite, and the Police Athletic League (PALs). These programs, and more, are designed to develop positive relationships between law enforcement and community members.
Today, her mission is still to help change lives by taking potentially negative circumstances and trying to better them by handling situations with understanding, just as an officer once did for her.
McBride’s advice to those thinking of a career in law enforcement is that you need to be strong-willed and resilient. You need to be able to remind yourself of the positive differences you are making in the community,even when you experience hard situations.