March is Women’s History Month- a time in which we celebrate and recognize the achievements and contributions of women in our society. The Montana Highway Patrol is fortunate to employ some wonderful women who serve their communities with pride and distinction in the typically male-dominated field of law enforcement. Each week throughout the month of March, we will be featuring a profile of some of these remarkable women of the Montana Highway Patrol.
Name: Trooper T’Elle Evans
Station Assignment: Wolf Point, MT.
Why did you choose a career in law enforcement?
Montana views. It doesn’t get much better than that, am I right? Being a Trooper allows me to experience something different every day and I don’t have to go into an office and sit at a desk for 40 hrs a week. Instead I get to be out in my patrol car interacting with the citizens and travelers in Montana. I am stationed in the town where I was born and raised. To be able to give back to the community that raised me means a lot.
What would you say to a woman considering a law enforcement career?
DO IT! I absolutely love my job and can’t see myself doing anything else. It is such a rewarding career-from keeping impaired drivers off the road, to helping stranded motorists and comforting those who were just in a crash and are still shook up. As a woman in law enforcement, I think it is easier for us to show compassion in certain situations which can be hugely helpful. I have made so many great relationships and friendships in my career with the people I work with that will last a lifetime.
What is your proudest accomplishment as a state trooper?
In the short time I’ve been a Trooper, I have had some amazing opportunities. I’ve been able to help at the MHP Advanced Academy as a Camp Commander, I recently became a drone pilot, an AED Instructor, and will be certified as a Taser Instructor in the very near future! It is always reassuring to be sent a “thank you” from those I have helped, too.