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Hudson patrol officer Kate Potter

Boyceville native joins Hudson Police Department

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Kate Potter has recently joined the ranks of the Hudson Police Department.

The 29-year-old hails from Boyceville but has family ties to the community through her parents and says she is happy to be in Hudson.

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She has a degree in psychology from UW-Stout and an associate degree in criminal justice from Chippewa Valley Technical College. Her previously law enforcement experience includes serving as a police officer in Neilsville, Phillips and River Falls. She began her training in Hudson in March.

Potter said becoming a police officer was a childhood dream. “But at some point I decided that wasn’t realistic and I explored other things. But eventually I thought, why not and it was the right decision.”

Potter, who is married to Mike Potter and stepmother to Gavin and Lydia Potter, said what she likes best about being a police officer is that the work is interactive. “Every day is different. It is what I make of it.”

Potter says her experience with other police departments has been a valuable lesson for her. Coming to Hudson, the largest department she has worked for, has been a very positive change. In addition to more funding and the other benefits of a bigger department, she believes there are fewer politics at play than in the smaller communities where she has worked.

“I really appreciate all this opportunity offered me,” said Potter. One of three female officers at HPD, she says she also enjoys the camaraderie among her fellow officers.

She said her family is planning on relocating to Hudson from Eau Claire.

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