In a small ceremony Friday afternoon, Angela Robertson pinned her daughter, Maddy Robertson, as one of the newest additions to the Duluth Police Department.
According to a news release from Duluth police, this is the first time the department has had a mother-daughter police duo.
Investigative CORE unit officer Angela was pinned in her swearing-in ceremony in 2009 by Maddy.
Twelve years later, their roles have reversed.
"I don't know how to say it, I'm really proud and she's worked so hard," Angela said.
Angela said she brought Maddy on her first ride-along when she was 14, and Maddy decided then that she wanted a career in law enforcement.
"From that day on her first ride-along she wanted to be a cop," Angela said. "She just wanted to do it and she kept talking about it."
On Saturday, Angela planned to take Maddy on her last ride-along, which she said would be a bittersweet moment.
"I went on my first ride-along and then it just clicked and I realized that this is what I want to do," Maddy said. "I would always have these questions when she came home about what she learned, and it was always super exciting for her to come home and tell me all the things she did in the day."
Maddy said she is ready to be out on the streets and help people through what could be the hardest times of their lives.
“We have seen the great work Angela has done to lift people up who are struggling," said Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken in the news release. "I have also had the opportunity to teach Maddy at Fond du Lac. Maddy is bright and shares a lot of her mom’s character and personality traits and brings strengths of her own, making her well-positioned to be successful in serving our community well. It’s an honor to have both of these women serve our community."
Officers Christopher Robinson, Stephen Shelton and Kateleen Catton were also sworn in Friday.
1/5: Judge Rebekka Stumme, Sixth Judicial District, left, swears in new Duluth police officers, from left, Christopher Robinson, Kateleen Catton, Maddy Robertson and Stephen Shelton at the Public Safety Building in Duluth on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022.
2/5: Judge Rebekka Stumme, Sixth Judicial District, holds up her left hand while delivering remarks during the swearing-in ceremony for four new Duluth police officers at the Public Safety Building in Duluth on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022.
3/5: New Duluth police officers, from left, Christopher Robinson, Kateleen Catton, Maddy Robertson and Stephen Shelton hold up their right hands during the swearing-in ceremony at the Public Safety Building in Duluth on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022.
4/5: Four new officers were swore in by the Duluth Police Department at the Public Safety Building in Duluth on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022.
5/5: New Duluth police officer Maddy Robertson, right, receives a hug from her mother, Duluth police officer Angela Robertson, before the swearing-in ceremony for new officers at the Public Safety Building in Duluth on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. The Duluth Police Department swore in four new officers.