Albuquerque sergeant receives national recognition for empowering women

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Sergeant Trish Hoffman’s face has become a familiar one around Albuquerque and now she is receiving nation attention for her efforts to empower women.

She has been with the Albuquerque Police Department since 1995.

Hoffman was a spokeswoman for the department for many years, but it’s what she’s been doing behind the scenes that has prompted recognition by the group “Women You Should Know”, a national group with a mission of sharing the stories of dynamic women.

Although many people around Albuquerque may know of Sergeant Hoffman, they do not know her past. She came to Albuquerque after being stalked by a man in Arizona for two years and surviving a terrifying encounter.

“I think being in that relationship and how that went south so quickly, when I did come to Albuquerque and saw the signs for state police Albuquerque Police Department, I thought it was an opportunity to change my life, which it did,” said Sergeant Hoffman.

Now Hoffman spends part of her time teaching a Women Against Crime class and doing anything she can to empower women.

“Back then, in the early 90’s, I didn’t have those options. The laws weren’t in place as they are now. There truly are people that want to help people that need some guidance,” said Hoffman.

It’s a job that has countless women thanking her and her thanking them. “I think what people don’t know is that women who come through my class teach me way more than I teach them,” said Hoffman.

Hoffman teaches self defense classes twice a year.

“I  always felt the more information I can get out there on my women’s self-defense class, the better,” she said.

For more information on her self defense classes, go here» provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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