Pratik Joshi, Pioneer Press
Date: April 20, 2005

Roseville Police Chief Carol Sletner and investigator Erika Scheider will be honored today by the Minnesota Association of Women Police at its annual conference in Nisswa, Minn.

Sletner will receive the Carolyn Bailey Mentoring Award, and Scheider will receive the Excellence in Performance Award from the association, which has worked since 1955 to advance equity for women in police work and to encourage professionalism in law enforcement. Sletner, who started her career with the Mankato Police Department in 1979, has worked with younger recruits for years, teaching them interviewing techniques. She mentors both men and women, said Mylan Masson, president of the association.

"I feel honored when people approach me for help," Sletner said. "I always tell them to speak from the heart."

Sletner nominated her colleague Scheider for the performance award for her tenacity and dedication to work. Scheider has worked for Roseville since 1997.

A 1996 psychology major from Augsburg College, Scheider was drawn to law enforcement while working on class projects, she said. Later she earned a master's in police leadership administration and education from the University of St. Thomas.

Scheider, who grew up in Fridley, said the key to her work is to be able to establish a rapport with people: victims or suspects. Last April, she won the 2004 Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association Award for meritorious service.

"Erika has keen instincts" and uses them to promote policing in a positive way that helps her gain the respect of the community, Masson said.

The association also will recognize St. Paul police officers Julie Maidment and Wanda Klossner, in addition to 12 female dispatch and support staff from local and state law enforcement.

Author: Pratik Joshi

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