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Moving on: Farmington officer retires for career in social work

Farmington police officer Breanna Larson, who is retiring to pursue a social work career, is shown holding one twin baby boy, 16-month-old Tucker. “I have been her chief and it has been an absolute pleasure to watch her work," police Chief Brian Lindquist said.Kara Hildreth / contributor

Farmington police officer Breanna Larson takes the oath to protect and serve to heart as she pursues a new chapter in her career.

Farmington Police Chief Brian Lindquist gave Larson her police badge mounted on a plaque at the Aug. 7 council meeting.

"I could not be happier for her," Lindquist said. "I thought for the longest time that I was going to lose her to the BCA (Bureau of Criminal Apprehension) because she had those skills."

As a second-generation cop who followed in her father's footsteps, Larson worked as a school resource officer at the middle schools in Farmington and as a senior crime scene evidence tech.

"She was a spark and she wanted to soak it all in she wanted to learn everything and she did," Lindquist said.

Larson received applause from the council, her husband and fellow police in the city council chamber audience.

"We will miss you and thank you for your 13 years of service," Farmington Mayor Todd Larson said.

"I have been her chief and it has been an absolute pleasure to watch her work because it is like somebody puts that problem in front of you and she is able to think it through and she is tenacious and some of the bigger crimes we have had, she has been part in solving them," Lindquist said.

"First, I want to thank the citizens and the council and the chief for all the great leadership and my co-workers who I made great memories and received great support and friendship," she said.

Larson, 35, is retiring from police from law enforcement to pursue a career in social work in Wisconsin. The job will enable her to keep working to help protect families like law enforcement, but is closer to home and offers more work and home balance.

"I want to thank my husband who accepted my long hours and crazy schedule with the new babies and never complained," Larson said. She is wife to Jason and 16-month-old twin boys, Tucker and Sawyer.

Leaving law enforcement was a complex decision.

"My decision has been bittersweet because I loved working in Farmington and working as a police officer," Larson said.

Working long shifts and driving a long commute home out of state became less desirable after her boys were born. The couple decided to move to Wisconsin to be closer to family after they had the baby boys.

"Sometimes they were sleeping when I left and when I got home," Larson said.

During her tenure, she worked as a school resource officer in a role she truly loved. She worked alongside a couple other fellow cops as a team.

"I was building relations with the kids in school and working on the education piece and investigating crimes in the school and trying to become a positive role model," Larson said.

Larson worked in investigation for four years.

"I really liked working this kind of work because I could develop a long-term relationship with people involved and see many of the cases come to closure," she said.

The Farmington police held a retirement party for Larson and she said many in attendance were from the schools.

"I will continue to check in with friendships I have built from the schools and stop in and visit," she said.

In regards to working in Farmington, Larson was quite touched, she said.

"Well, it is an amazing place to work because everyone is so supportive of one another and the chief is supportive of the patrol officers and you are treated like a family because you see a lot of things together," she said. "Being a cop is a very rewarding career and a great career and I still would recommend it to anybody."

When asked what she gained from all the bad and good she saw on the streets and in cases as an officer, Larson said: "I learned how everybody is a human being and not everyone has had an easy life and not everyone makes the right decisions. But now I will really enjoy working with people to help them overcome."