I was born in Bakersfield, California, to my mother Tonya and my father Bidal Sr. and moved to Minnesota when I was about five years old.
I come from a large blended family, and like many in our community, my parents are divorced and were separated when I was very young. I mainly lived with my mother (and stepfather) while occasionally visiting my father in California.
I come from a diverse background, with a Mexican father and my mother of Caucasian and Native American descent. I understand the balancing act required of multiple cultures and am well aware of cultural and societal issues. While I have chosen a path in law enforcement, I have family who decided to live the opposite. Growing up, I faced mental and physical abuse, along with a variety of other difficulties. These circumstances are similar to what many people in Beltrami County face, and I will approach these issues with a degree of sensitivity and understanding.
I strive to improve myself while giving my children a better life than I had. I choose to use my history as motivation to break cycles and motivate those I come into contact with to do the same and break their cycles.
I knew my life was not going in the direction I wanted in my early twenties and needed to make drastic changes. So on September 11, 2007, I raised my right hand and swore into a contract with the United States Marine Corps (USMC). During my time in the USMC, I served in the infantry and was trained in leadership. I would utilize that training in action several times during my deployments. My first deployment took me to Japan, the Philippines, Thailand, and Australia on a peace-keeping detail. Our mission was to train the foreign military. This experience taught me how to provide training, approach different cultures, and see value in the diversity I was surrounded with at the time. In 2010, I was meritoriously promoted to Corporal for my hard work, dedication, and the standards I encouraged and exemplified. This promotion came just before my second deployment, this time to Sangin, Afghanistan, where I would serve as a team leader. At the time, this area was steeped in intense conflict, and overall the deployment would see over 300 men wounded and 25 killed in action. This was an extreme scenario to find myself in, but I was honored to have the respect of my Marines and their willingness to fight alongside me and under my direction. I will forever remember a fellow Marine looking at me, terrified during a firefight, and I smiled back and insisted we were okay. He would later tell me he was terrified but felt that he would be okay when he saw me smiling. In all honesty, I was probably just as scared as he was, but I knew if I lost control of myself, my team would no longer look to me to lead them. I needed to be strong, clear-minded, and under control to succeed for my squad and my team. It was in these situations I realized leaders must rise to the occasion in stressful circumstances for those they lead because they look to us for security and guidance when they need it the most.
When I returned home in April of 2011, my oldest child was already five months old, and my time in service was completed. I moved back to Bemidji with my family in 2011 and finished my Associate of Science Degree in Criminal Justice in 2012 at Bemidji State University. The Bemidji Police Department hired me in January 2013. While working with the Bemidji Police Department, I finished my Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice in 2013. During my time at the police department, I strived to be the best I could be and a leader among officers. I made sure my fellow officers stayed up to date with the growing trends and continued to push those around me to be better. I received multiple commendations and awards from MADD (Mother Against Drunk Driving) and the Minnesota DWI All-Star award (x3). I was also awarded the MN Chiefs of Police Association Medal of Honor for my actions during one of the most critical situations a peace officer will face in their career. During this time, I maintained control of my mind and body and acted in a manner that went above and beyond expectations.
I have been a resource for those to learn from and depend on for guidance. I am approachable and maintain a willingness to serve on a large scale. In 2018, I graduated from Concordia University-Saint Paul with a Master of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice Leadership. I am currently attending Walden University for a Ph.D. in Public Management and Leadership.
At this time, I also work for Hubbard County as a narcotics investigator.