Worthington native joins police force
The 2018 WHS graduate is WPD's newest patrol officer.
WORTHINGTON — When Christina Shorter graduated from Worthington High School in 2018, she already knew what she wanted to do.
In fact, she'd known for a long time, having decided as a eighth-grader that she wanted to be a police officer.
"I enjoy helping people who need help," said Shorter, who was inspired by her father — a longtime Worthington firefighter — to go into public service.
Shorter began going on law enforcement ride-alongs in high school, seeing up close what it was like to work for the WPD, Nobles County Sheriff's Office and Minnesota State Patrol.
She took her next step toward her desired career after high school by spending two years pursuing a law enforcement degree at Alexandria Technical and Community College. She hen returned home to become WPD's newest patrol officer, joining the force in September. After completing field training, she has been on her own for the last couple months.
"It's cool to work in the community you grew up in," Shorter shared.
While familiarity with the town is a definite asset, growing up here doesn't mean Streeter knows all 13,000-plus Worthington residents. Getting to know the people she serves is her favorite part of the job so far.
Children, in particular, get excited when they see her. Once, a child recognized her as a police officer and immediately hugged her legs, Shorter shared.
She's the only female patrol officer at WPD, but that doesn't bother Shorter one bit. Having grown up with two brothers and no sisters, she's used to being the only woman.
The first months on the job have led Shorter to one specific goal for her career.
"I want to build a stronger bond between the police department and our community," Shorter said.
She believes one way to accomplish that goal is by noticing needs and helping without needing to be asked.
"We're always here to help whenever people need it," she said.
To help keep the community safe, Shorter advises all residents to report anything that looks suspicious. The police might recognize a suspect or activity as being related to a bigger issue, so it's important to call the non-emergency line if something doesn't look right.