Sergeant Suwana Kirkland, Vice President
Sergeant Suwana Kirkland is a native of Beaver Falls Pennsylvania and moved to Minnesota in March of 1999. One of six siblings raised by a single parent. Sergeant Kirkland currently works for Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office but started her law enforcement career with the city of
Minnetonka as a Police Cadet in 2004 and was later hired as a Police Officer for the city of Minnetonka a year later.
In 2006, Kirkland left the Minnetonka Police Department & worked for the Minnesota State Fair PD for eight months as a part-time police officer. In 2007, Kirkland was hired as a part-time corrections officer at Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office and six months later was promoted to
Deputy Sheriff. From March 2014 to August 2017, Kirkland was hired part-time as a police officer for Metro Transit Police Department. Sergeant Kirkland is currently assigned to the Training Unit as the Sergeant over Background Investigations, Recruitment and Community Engagement. Sergeant Kirkland works as a Hostage Negotiator Team Lead, Honor Guard
member and CIT/Verbal De-Escalation instructor for the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office. Sergeant Kirkland was a member of the Mobile Field Force during the Republican National Convention hosted by Saint Paul, Minnesota. Kirkland also represented the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office in Washington D.C. for the first Inauguration of President Barack Obama in 2008.
Kirkland is a graduate of Saint Mary’s University with a Bachelors of Police and Science degree. Sergeant Kirkland is working towards her Master’s Degree in Public Service by attending the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Sergeant Kirkland is the Region 2
National Delegate of NBPA. Kirkland holds the title of Associate member NOBLE. Member of the AALC African American Leadership Council. Kirkland also holds an Associate’s Degree in Law Enforcement from Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Sergeant Kirkland
holds the title and position of Vice President where she ran unopposed in 2014 for National Black Police Officer Association Minnesota Chapter, as well as a NBPA National Delegate for Region 2. Previous position with NBPA held was Sergeant-At- Arms for two ears. Kirkland enjoys spending time with her family, watching football and traveling.