In honor of National Women’s History Month, we are honoring some of the many talented women who work for the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office through a series of interviews entitled: “The Women of CCPO”
Today, we recognize Detective Grace Bohn.
What does Women’s History Month mean to you?
Grace: Women’s History Month acknowledges the changes that women have made over the years. It shows we have made a difference. It tells the history of the blood, sweat and tears that many women before my time contributed to making changes in history.
What woman did you admire growing up and why?
Grace: My mother and sister. They always made sure I stood up for my rights and pushed for the things I wanted to accomplish. They supported all my decisions no matter how ridiculous they seemed. They pushed me to achieve my goals and, most importantly, pushed me to learn from my failures. My mother showed me what it takes to have a family and to support them no matter how crazy things get. My sister went to West Point during a time when women were still not completely welcome. She showed me that no matter what you still hold your head up and keep pushing. Both have showed me throughout my life that no matter how I feel on the inside, keep my head up, smile and don’t let anything bother me.
Describe your role at the CCPO:
Grace: I am a Detective, currently assigned to the Special Victims Unit. As an SVU Detective, it is my responsibility to investigate cases of abuse on all different levels. As part of this Unit, I also assist other agencies with missing children investigations.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Grace: The most rewarding part of my job is being able to help those who cannot help themselves. This job is not always about putting handcuffs on someone or sending them to jail. There are aspects of this job where sometimes someone needs to just talk or vent and something as simple as helping them with that can change their day.
What is your message to young girls interested in pursuing a career path like yours (or to young women in general)?
Grace: My advice is do not let anyone tell you that you cannot do something because of gender. Law Enforcement has a reputation of being a male-dominant profession, but that doesn’t mean that you, a woman, cannot find success in Law Enforcement. Always strive for that success.