Camden, NJ- Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Grace Bohn was adopted by her parents as an infant from Korea before arriving in the United States. Det. Bohn, 32, said she is still
learning about her Korean heritage so Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage month is every month for her.
“I don’t know enough about my South Korean roots and I am still learning. I am always learning more. In 1990 I came to the United States at 4 months old. We call it my “gotcha’ day” when I came to America and my gotcha’ day on Sept. 26 is bigger than my birthday on May 24,” Det. Bohn said.
Det. Bohn said that her adopted father, retired Stafford Township Police Sgt. Ray Bohn and her older sister Emily, a West Point graduate, were her inspiration to pursue a career in law enforcement.
“My sister Emily showed me the path to success. I was the youngest of five kids and my sister showed me when she went to West Point that just because something is hard doesn’t mean it can’t be done. She told me, ‘Grace, don’t not do something because nobody else does it.’ It really all goes back to my sister who overcame so much at that time to go to West Point as a woman,” Det. Bohn said.
She said she decided to test the waters as a Class II Police Officer at the Beach Haven Police Department to determine if she wanted to pursue a career in law enforcement, and then she found her place.
On May 25, 2012, Det. Bohn graduated from the Ocean County Police Academy and then served as a Beach Haven Borough Class II Police Officer. She would then serve as a police officer in the Camden County Metro Police Department for 8 ½ years before beginning her career as a detective at the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office. Det. Bohn is currently assigned to the CCPO Special Victims Unit.
Det. Bohn said that she is aware that there are not many Asians serving as law enforcement officers, and she would like to see that change.
“I would like to reach out and talk to Asian high school and college students about pursuing careers in law enforcement. Just because it doesn’t look like the norm for Asians to serve in law enforcement, that doesn’t mean it can’t be done. There is a place for Asians to serve as law enforcement officers. If I could accomplish this then someone who is considering a law enforcement career should know that they are able to as well and they shouldn’t be afraid,” she said.