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Striving to make a difference Ride-alongs reveal officers’ dedication

By Faye Burg Dedication, training and a sincere desire to help their communities form the backbone of our local law enforcement agencies. In conversations with area officers, as well as police chiefs Craig Plehn, Dave Funkhouser and Brian Reedy, the passion and professionalism that emanates from their departments is obvious. They are adamant about safety, about protecting and serving the communities they serve, about quality training and proper equipment and about the brotherhood that exists between officers. Each department varies as far as workspace and facilities, shifts, equipment and officer staffing. The officers on the departments come from local and outlying areas and various educational backgrounds, with each sharing the drive and dedication necessary to be successful in this noble profession. Parts of my editorial job responsibilities include processing court records and area accident reports, and while doing so I am happy to often be able to touch base and spend time speaking with area officers. I thought I had a relatively good understanding of their profession, until I actually sat in that squad car and spent time in their world. Spending time in their world Recently I was privileged to be able to participate in more than a dozen ride alongs with the Chilton, Kiel and New Holstein police departments, as well as the Calumet County Sheriff’s Department. I was amazed at the knowledge the officers possess, their training, and how well they perform their duties each day. Their minds are constantly working, scanning their surroundings, listening, observing and using their training to make sure they are doing the best job they can do. Each officer is different, but their goals are the same; to serve their community. Unlike the perception some people might have of law enforcement, they do not come to work anticipating who they can catch speeding or with expired licenses or plates. While that is part of their job, their actual duties are far more wide-ranging than simply issuing citations. While I admit to at first having feelings of excitement at the thought of the

Chilton Police Officer Brad Kuehl uses the squad car laptop during a recent patrol.

ride alongs and possibly seeing some action; I quickly changed my mind. Traveling at high speeds through rush hour traffic on an area highway is a sobering experience, as is viewing the scene of an accident and the aftermath of such. It was eye opening to sit in a squad car on the side of a busy highway during traffic stops and noticing very few vehicles moving over for the flashing lights. While I was stayed in the squad car, the officer was out standing at the window of the pulled over vehicle doing his job. The speed at which traffic closely passed both the squad car and the vehicle that was pulled over often made the squad literally rock back and forth from the breeze, while the officer is standing just a few feet away. All these factors combined could easily and quickly turn a mundane traffic stop into a tragic situation. Like all of us, officers want to go home at the end of their workday. They have mothers, fathers, siblings, spouses, children and friends that love them. Kids look forward to seeing mom or dad come home at the end of their shift. Spouses understand they might be alone at holiday gatherings and other special occasions because duty calls for their loved one. Spouses also understand, although not without worry, if duty does not allow the officer to leave on time at the end of his or her shift. Accidents, crimes, mental health holds and other official duties do not recognize timetables or shift changes. And just like you and I, they are allowed and deserve to take breaks during their workday, although those can be few and far in between depend-

ing on the activities occurring. Officers routinely attempt to sit down for a quick lunch or dinner only to receive a call for service. The meals are left behind as they immediately jump into action. Well aware of risk The officers have chosen this profession, and they will tell you they are well aware of the sacrifices and risks involved, but it is a job they are dedicated to and proud to do. They will be the first ones to tell you they are not perfect; but like you and me, they do the best job they can. They relish positive interactions with the community and cherish every special thank you they might receive, especially from children. A local officer I rode with has a special scrapbook of remembrances of which he is very proud. Each officer I was able to spend time with said they got into this profession to help people. They know that sometimes people just need to vent, and they want residents to know they are there to help them in their times of need. Officers are proud when they speak of how former offenders have come back to them years later and thanked them for caring enough to make a difference in their lives and helping them get on a better path in life. Although most officers thrive at and love what they do, they often do not wish to see their own children enter into the field. Many are concerned with what they see as often-unfair representations of their professions and what they do. Veteran officers are saddened and frustrated by what they perceive as

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a major shift in public support, which is something they try to counteract every day. Officers know their communities well and immediately notice when something seems out of place. They are well aware of how accidents, crime, drug abuse and other incidents affect lives. Incidents and scenes can stay with the officers involved forever. Most often they are the first to arrive at the site of an accident, and the first to aide the victims. They can tell you the names and everything that happened the day they tried, but couldn’t save a child or adult. They still see the faces of victims of domestic violence and other crimes. They will often check in on children and others that have been involved in incidents. A Calumet County Sheriff’s Deputy I had the pleasure to ride along with purchased a Sheriff’s K9 stuffed dog that he planned to give to a young accident victim. An officer from an another department took money out of his own pocket and shared it with a homeless person. One of the things that impressed me the most during the time I spent with the officers was that while they are cautious, the amount of courage they must have while doing their jobs is phenomenal. There are safety measures in place, but as officers approach a vehicle that they have pulled over, or enter an unlocked door of a local business late at night, or knock on the door of a home during a domestic dispute, or rush to the scene of an accident, Turn to RIDE-ALONG/page 22B


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Tri-County news • Serving Chilton, Kiel & New Holstein • Thursday, May 17, 2018

Chilton Police Department

Chief Craig Plehn

Captain Jason Kvalheim

Officer Joshua Harn

Officer Lisa Winsted

Chief Craig Plehn has been with the Chilton Police Department for 3-1/2 years and has a total of 20 years of experience in law enforcement. He previously served as a police officer, lieutenant, and sergeant. Plehn has a bachelor’s degree in Occupational Safety & Health from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, a master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia Southern University, and graduated from Northwestern University’s Police Staff and Command School. His specialized training includes K-9 Handler, MEG Unit, Drug Investigator, Firearms Instructor, CCW Instructor, and Field Training Supervisor. Plehn is married and has two daughters. He enjoys hunting, fishing, golfing, and spending time with family.

Captain Jason Kvalheim has been with the Chilton Police Department for 19 years and has 22 years of experience in law enforcement. He has held the position of captain since 2015, having previously served as a patrol officer. Kvalheim earned his degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and also received training at the Law Enforcement Recruit Academy at Mid-State Technical College. He previously worked as an evidence technician for Calumet County. Kvalheim’s special training or assignments include the Drug Task Force and as a department firearms instructor. Kvalheim is married and said he enjoys fishing and hunting.

Investigator/Patrol Officer Joshua Harn has been serving the community of Chilton via the Chilton Police Department on a full-time basis since 2000. He began his law enforcement career for the City of Omro in 1996. His specialized training includes White Collar Crime, Death Investigation, Sensitive Crime, and Chaplaincy. Off duty he enjoys fishing and spending time with family.

Patrol Officer Lisa Winsted has 19 years of experience in law enforcement, the last 17 with the Chilton Police Department. She previously worked for the Waupaca, Iola, and Black Creek police departments. Winsted received her associate degree in Criminal Justice from Fox Valley Technical College. Her specialized training or assignments include Evidence Technician and Property Room Officer. Winsted has two dogs and two cats. She said she enjoys gardening in her spare time.

Officer Corey Schneider Officer Steven Petrie Officer Michael Young Michael Young began working in law enforcement 14-1/2 years ago as a patrol officer and investigator with the Loyal Police Department, and has been with the Chilton Police Department for the past 10-1/2 years. Young received his training at Fox Valley Technical College. His specialty training or assignments include Marine Corps Security Forces, Room Clearing/Close Quarter Battle, Active Shooter, Identifying Deceptive Behavior, Reid Interview and Interrogation, and FBI Interview and Interrogation. Young said he enjoys riding motorcycles, musky fishing, boating, skiing, tubing, camping, and spending time with family and friends.

Patrol Officer Steven Petrie has been with the Chilton Police Department for three years but has a total of eight years of law enforcement experience. He received his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Marian University in Fond du Lac and has specialized training as an evidence technician and as a field training officer.

Officer Alex Engman Alex Engman is a part-time police officer with the Chilton Police Department. Has been employed with the department since 2015.

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Jennifer Alkire Jennifer Alkire has been an administrative assistant with the Chilton Police Department for 12 years. She has taken a transcription class to assist her in her duties. Alkire has been married for 21 years and has two children, Adam and EmmaJean. She said she enjoys scrapbooking and other paper crafts.

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Part-time police officer Corey Schneider has been with the Chilton Police Department for 10 years. He also has worked as a corrections officer and sergeant at Green Bay Correctional Institute and part time as a police officer for the Brillion Police Department. Schneider received his training at Fox Valley Technical College. He is a medically trained first responder and also is trained as a severe weather spotter. He is married to Lydia Schneider and enjoys kayaking, bow hunting, raising chickens, planting trees, and woodworking. His free time is spent working on a restoration project on a pond and creek bed on his personal property.

Kelly Scheuer has been an administrative assistant with the Chilton Police Department for the past nine months but has over 14 years of experience in law enforcement. She previously worked for the Village of Mishicot Police Department as their administrative assistant. Scheuer received an associate degree as an Administrative Professional. She also had took an Incident Reporting in Law Enforcement class at Lakeshore Technical College. Scheuer helps with typing incident reports, taking complaints, answering the phones, entering warnings/citations, entering accident reports, and more. While working in Mishicot she helped with various public events including finger printing for kids at Pumpkin Fest and during the school dance, and helping with bike rodeos. She is married and said she enjoys going for walks and working out. She also said she enjoys going to Packers and Brewers games and spending time with family and friends.

Officer Brad Kuehl Officer Brad Kuehl has been in law enforcement since 2002 and started his duties as an officer with the Chilton Police Department in April 2017. Officer Kuehl has held the positions of patrol officer (FTO), investigations, and also with the Lake Winnebago MEG Unit. He also has spent time on the joint Appleton/Grand Chute SWAT team. Kuehl maintains certifications in numerous law enforcement related training topics and said he enjoys training officers. He added that during his off time he enjoys the outdoors, specifically camping and fishing.

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Tri-County news • Serving Chilton, Kiel & New Holstein • Thursday, May 17, 2018

Kiel Police Department

Chief Dave Funkhouser

Captain Thomas Meyer

Officer Lee Pasket

Officer Cory Wilkens

City of Kiel Police Chief Dave Funkhouser has served in Wisconsin law enforcement for over 28 years including service with the Cities of Kiel, Delafield, and Pewaukee Police Departments. With Pewaukee P.D., Chief Funkhouser served as a Patrol Officer, Detective, Lieutenant, and finally Captain, where he served as 2nd in command of all police operations for that agency. In December 2005, Dave was appointed Chief of Police for the City of Kiel Police Department. In his free time, Chief Funkhouser enjoys spending time with his wife and six children including outdoor activities such as camping, downhill skiing, and softball.

Captain Meyer has been involved in law enforcement for 22 years and started his career with the Kiel Police Department in 1996. Captain Meyer started his career as a patrolman and in 2001, was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. In 2006, he was promoted to his current rank of Captain. Captain Meyer is the second-incommand of the department and is in charge of the department in the chief’s absence. Captain Meyer’s specialized training or specific assignments are in the following areas: Drug Investigations, Field Training Officer, Training Coordinator In his off time, Captain Meyer enjoys golfing, hiking, fishing, canoeing, camping, and archery. Captain Meyer is an avid sports fan and enjoys football, baseball, and hockey. He also likes to travel, seeing new places, and visiting historical locations.

Officer Pasket has been involved in law enforcement for 28 years, starting his career with the Kiel Police Department in 1989. In his youth, he was involved with the Sheboygan Police Explorers while attending Sheboygan North High School. He continued his education at Lakeshore Technical College. While at Lakeshore Technical College, Officer Pasket became involved with the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Association, which led him to becoming a part-time deputy sheriff. He started as a part-time police officer for the City of Kiel and after a short time, was offered a full-time position with the Kiel Police Department. Officer Pasket has received specialized training in the following areas: Drug Identification, Interviews & Interrogations, Sexual Assault - Child Molestation and Child Abuse, Juvenile Officer Training In his off time, Officer Pasket enjoys spending time with his family. He also enjoys reading, shooting sporting clays, walking along Lake Michigan. He is the proud father of two children.

Officer Wilkens started his law enforcement career with the Kiel Police Department in 1991 as a part-time dispatcher. In 1993, he was hired as a full-time dispatcher. Officer Wilkens was hired as a full-time police officer in 1995. Officer Wilkens has received specialized training in the following areas: Firearms Instructor (Rifle and Pistol), Evidence Technician, Property Room Control Officer, Field Training Officer, In his off time, Officer Wilkens is the master outdoorsman and enjoys fishing, hunting, and trap shooting. Officer Wilkens is currently engaged and has three children.

Officer James Blanke Officer Blanke has been involved in law enforcement for 17 years and started in his position of full-time police officer in 2001. Officer Blanke has received specialized training in investigating street crimes and gang intelligence. Officer Blanke is also our police department’s primary narcotics investigator and he is also a member of the Police Department’s Honor Guard. In his off time, Officer Blanke enjoys fishing, softball, and football. He also enjoys woodworking and remodeling. He is married with 3 children.

Officer Tony Arndt Officer Arndt began serving the city of Kiel as a Police Officer in June of 2010. He has earned a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of WisconsinMadison and completed the law enforcement recruit academy at Fox Valley Technical College. Tony is also serving in the U.S. Army Reserve 102nd Military Police Company based out of Fond du Lac. Officer Arndt is employed full-time as a Game Warden with the WI DNR. In his off time, Officer Arndt enjoys hunting, fishing, kayaking, and woodworking. He is married with children.

Officer Anthony Schweigl Officer Jeremy Kamp Officer Kamp has been employed by the Kiel Police Department since 2004. Officer Kamp is one of the police department’s sensitive crimes investigators and he also served as the Police School Liaison Officer for many years. Officer Kamp is married and the proud father of three sons. In his off time, likes to golf and fish.

Officer Joseph Jeanty Officer Jeanty has been in law enforcement for over 20 years and serving the Kiel Police Department since 1997. Officer Jeanty also serves as one of the City of Kiel Police Department’s Field Training Officers and also serves as a Computer Crimes Investigator, Evidence Technician, and Fire/Arson Investigator. Officer Jeanty is also a member of the Police Department’s Honor Guard.

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Officer Timothy Jandrey Officer Jandrey began serving the City of Kiel Police Department as an Officer in October of 2017. He earned an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in December of 2016 and graduated from the police academy in May of 2017. In addition to his employment with the City of Kiel, Officer Jandrey also works for the City of Brillion Department of Public Works. In his off time, Officer Jandrey enjoys four wheeling, bow fishing, playing basketball, and snowmobiling.

Officer Schweigl was hired in May 2010. Officer Schweigl earned an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Lakeshore Technical College in May 2010. In addition to his employment with the Kiel Police Department, Officer Schweigl also works as a police officer with the City of Brillion P.D. In his off time, Officer Schweigl enjoys playing cards and video games. Officer Schweigl’s interests also include computers, hunting, playing the piano, and spending time with family and friends

Officer Sondra Schultz Officer Schultz has been a police officer with the City of Kiel Police Department since 2017. Prior to coming to the Kiel P.D., Sondra worked for the Shawano County Sheriff’s department. In her free time Sondra enjoys spending time in the outdoors.

Officer Brey began serving the City of Kiel Police Department as a Police Officer in November of 2015. Officer Brey earned an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Lakeshore Technical College in May of 2014. In addition to his employment with the City of Kiel Police Department, Officer Brey also works part-time for the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Office and also for a dairy farm. In his off time, Officer Brey enjoys working out, watching sports, and spending time with his family and friends.

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Law Enforcement Oath of Honor

“On my honor, I will never betray my badge, my integrity, My character or the public trust. I will always have the courage to hold myself and others accountable for our actions. I will always uphold the Constitution, my community, and the agency I serve.”

Officer Dylan Hammel Officer Hammel began serving the City of Kiel Police Department as a Police Officer in January of 2017. Officer Hammel earned an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Lakeshore Technical College in May of 2015. In addition to his employment with the City of Kiel Police Department, Officer Hammel also works part-time for Right Way Applications and for a dairy farm. In his off time, Officer Hammel enjoys Hunting, Fishing, and snowmobiling with friends and family.

Office Mgr. Kelly Jorgensen Kelly Jorgensen is the Office Manager for the police department and also serves as the City of Kiel’s municipal court clerk. She has been employed by the Kiel Police Department since 2003 with prior service as a police officer for the City of Kiel. In her off time, Kelly spends most of her time with her family but she also enjoys swimming, biking, walking, fishing, painting, and rollerblading.

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Assistant Administrative Clerk Michelle Hearley Michelle has been involved in law enforcement since 1995 when she began working at a dispatcher for Manitowoc County. In addition to dispatching full time, she has been a part time administrative assistant at the Kiel Police Department since September, 2016. In her “free” time, Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband and two grown kids. She enjoys golfing, snowmobiling, traveling and learning Spanish, and attempting to grow flowers.

Kiel Police Chief Dave Funkhouser commented recently that during Police Week officers only hope that people pause to remember the sacrifice many men and women have made in the line of duty. “Please understand that no one at the City of Kiel Police Department expects anyone to give us anything or for that matter even ‘appreciate’ us for doing our job. We do so without any expectation of acknowledgement or recognition. We know it is our job and we serve without those expectations of recognition. “Police Week and Peace Officers Memorial Day are not about buying gifts for law enforcement officers,” Funkhouser said. “It is about honoring and remembering the many law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty serving their public.”

In 2006, all of the sworn law enforcement personnel of the City of Kiel Police Department took the “Oath of Honor” as printed above during a Police Department meeting. Since that time each new member of the Police Department has also taken the oath. This oath is displayed on a plaque and placed in the public lobby of the Police Department to serve as a reminder to the public that the men and women serving as law enforcement officers for this Police Department are dedicated professionals sworn to uphold the law and maintain peace in the community.

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Tri-County news • Serving Chilton, Kiel & New Holstein • Thursday, May 17, 2018

New Holstein Police Dept.

Chief Brian Reedy

Captain Jeff Hebl

Officer Rob Baldwin

Officer Kurtis Stephany

New Holstein Police Chief Brian T. Reedy has been employed by the New Holstein Police Department for 15 years but has a total of 25 years of experience in law enforcement. During his time in law enforcement, Reedy has worked as a dispatcher, deputy sheriff, police officer, and police school liaison officer prior to becoming chief. Reedy has received training at Lakeshore Technical College in Cleveland, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville, and FBI Command College. His specialized training includes Evidence Technician, Field Training Officer, Emergency Vehicle Operation Control Instructor (EVOC), Field Drug Test Instructor, Death Investigations, Drug Interdiction, and Tactical Functional Instructor. He is a member of the Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association, chairperson of the 4th Class Cities/ Villages/Town Committee, and member of the Chief’s Mentoring Committee of the WCPA. He also is an adjunct instructor at Lakeshore Technical College in the Criminal Justice program. Reedy is married and has five children and three grandchildren. He enjoys camping and fishing and also is a member of the New Holstein Kiwanis Club.

Jeff Hebl is the captain of the New Holstein Police Department, having been employed by the department for 25 years and with a total of 27 years in law enforcement. Prior to becoming the captain of the department he served as an officer and lieutenant. Hebl received his police training at Lakeshore Technical College and Fox Valley Technical College. He has received specialized training as a Field Training Officer and at the FBI Regional Command College. Hebl and wife Jeannine have five children— Rebecca, Jordan, Ally, Nicole, and Patrick. He enjoys camping and cooking/grilling.

Rob Baldwin is a police officer with the New Holstein Police Department, having worked for the department for 22 years and with a total of 27 years in law enforcement. He previously worked as a park ranger for the Department of Natural Resources and part time with the Village of Kohler Police Department. Baldwin received his training at Fox Valley Technical College. His specialized training includes Drug Investigations as part of the Calumet County Drug Task Force, Fire Investigations, and as a Drug Recognition Expert since 2006. Baldwin is married and has four children. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and taekwondo.

Police Officer Kurtis J. Stephany started his law enforcement career 16 years ago in 2002 at the New Holstein Police Department as a part-time officer and dispatcher. He has prior experience working as a dispatcher for the Calumet County Sheriff’s Department, a correctional officer at the Fond du Lac County Jail, and as a part-time officer at the Brillion Police Department. He received his associate degree in Police Science in 2002 from Lakeshore Technical College in Cleveland and his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Marian University in Fond du Lac in 2017. Officer Stephany has specific training in Investigating Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Complaints. He is also assigned as a field training officer, evidence custodian, was formerly the police-school liaison officer in New Holstein, is an ALICE trainer (a method for responding to threatening situations), and is lead advisor for the New Holstein/Kiel Police Explorer Post. The two things he said he enjoys doing most are investigating crimes “because it is one area in law enforcement that an officer can help bring justice to victims. The other is getting involved in public relations events with the youths in the community.” In his off time Officer Stephany said he enjoys camping, Friday Night Bowling League at Pla-Mor Lanes in Chilton, and attending his children’s sporting events. He is currently married with three children.

Officer William Galarno

Officer Mike Golbach

Police Officer William Galarno has been with the New Holstein Police Department for seven years. He previously worked as a part-time patrol officer in Chilton. Galarno received his training at Fox Valley Technical College. His specialized training and assignments include Honor Guard, Reid Technique of Interviewing and Interrogation, Forensic Interview Training-Stepwise Guidelines, and Sexual Assault/ Strangulation Training. Galarno has been married for 15 years and has five adult children and two grandchildren. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and camping.

Patrol Officer Mike Golbach has been employed in law enforcement and with the New Holstein Police Department for the past 5-1/2 years after having received his training at Lakeshore Technical College in Cleveland. Golbach also is the security director at the Road America race track in Elkhart Lake. His specialized training includes Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT), Advanced Roadside Intoxicated Driver Enforcement (ARIDE), and he is an advisor for the Police Explorer post. Golbach is a single parent to son LeRoy, 1. He enjoys spending time with his son as well as hunting, fishing, hiking, and being in the outdoors.

Officer Chuck Schroeder Police Officer Chuck Schroeder has spent all 11 years of his law enforcement career with the New Holstein Police Department. He received his police training at Fox Valley Technical College and at Fond du Lac’s Marian University. Schroeder’s specialized training includes Firearms/Taser Instructor, Evidence Technician, and Basic Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT). He is married and has three children. He enjoys playing hockey, deer hunting, and riding his motorcycle.

Officer Erin Scharbarth

Officer Cory Thome

Lois Mueller Lois Mueller has been employed by the New Holstein Police Department for four months as a part-time police administrative assistant. She is married with three children and two grandchildren. Mueller said she enjoys gardening, crocheting, and general crafts, as well as spending time with family and friends.

Police Officer Cory Thome has been with the New Holstein Police Department for one year since receiving his training at Fox Valley Technical College. He also obtained his bachelor of science degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Forensic Investigation from the University of WisconsinPlatteville. Thome’s specialized training includes Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement. Thome also volunteers as a firefighter with the Mount Calvary Fire Department. When he is not working he enjoys hunting, four-wheeling, and snowmobiling.

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Sharon Hartman Sharon Hartman is an administrative assistant and municipal court clerk for the New Holstein Police Department and has been employed by the department for five years. She received her Tier 1 Certificate in Judicial Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and is working on her Tier 2 certificate. Hartman attends the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Administrative Professionals Conference in June each year and the Wisconsin Municipal Court Clerks Conference in the fall. She and her husband of 34 years, John, have three children and five grandchildren. She said she enjoys attending sporting events involving her grandchildren and spending time with her family.

Police Officer Erin Scharbarth has spent her first five years in law enforcement with the New Holstein Police Department after receiving training at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and Fox Valley Technical College. Her specialty training includes being an evidence technician and doing photography at scenes, and assisting female victims of domestic abuse or sexual abuse. She also is an advisor for the New Holstein-Kiel Police Explorers. Scharbarth is married and enjoys turkey hunting, hiking, boating, fishing, camping, traveling, and aerial fitness. She has a cat and also fosters animals for the Humane Society, and shares her love of animals by working at a goat farm. “They are my kids,” Scharbarth said.

Officer Brian Justman Police Officer Brian Justman has worked in law enforcement for three years, the last year with the New Holstein Police Department. He also served as an auxiliary police officer in Fond du Lac from 2011 to 2015. Justman received his training from Fox Valley Technical College. His specialized training includes Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement. “I enjoy participating in events such as Shop With a Cop and National Night Out,” Justman said. He also said he enjoys hiking, camping, mountain biking, puzzles, and playing with his 10-year-old Labrador.


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PD sponsors coloring contest; deadline Friday

Dave Damkot David Damkot is in his first year as the volunteer chaplain for the New Holstein Police Department. Damkot is currently training to be a certified police chaplain with the International Conference of Police Chaplains. He also is a volunteer Calumet County law enforcement chaplain. Damkot is the pastor for Connections Community Church which meets on Sunday mornings in the cafeteria of New Holstein Elementary School. Prior to becoming a chaplain and pastor, he was a correctional officer for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections for over seven years. In his spare time he said he enjoys spending time with his family. “I enjoy reading, working out, watching movies, and watching sporting events,” he added. “My favorite sport to watch is baseball with my favorite team being the Milwaukee Brewers. Favorite baseball manager—Duffy Dyer. I’m married with two children.”

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New Holstein students can help fight crime—and get a chance to parade around in a squad car—with crayons, colored pencils, and markers. The New Holstein Police Department and the New Holstein Public Library are sponsoring a coloring contest for the Memorial Day Parade, scheduled for 10:15 a.m. on Monday, May 28. The contest is open to New Holstein School District students in three age categories—preschool to kindergarten; grades one and two; and grades three and four. First-place winners get a chance to ride in the Police Department vehicle in the parade. Entries are due Friday, May 18 at either the city’s Police Department or at the library. The entry forms will get distributed to the school and they also are available at either the New Holstein Police Department or the New Holstein Public Library. Submissions will be judged on creativity, use of color, and completeness.

NH mayor recognizes Police Week

New Holstein Mayor Dianne Reese joined Congress and President Donald Trump in designating May 15 as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, and the week in which May 15 falls as National Police Week. “The members of the law enforcement agency of the City of New Holstein play an essential role in safeguarding the rights and freedoms of New Holstein,” Mayor Reese said in a resolution. “It is important that all citizens know and understand the duties, responsibilities, hazards, and sacrifices of their law enforcement agency, and that members of our law enforcement agency recognize their duty to serve the people by safeguarding life and property, by protecting them against violence and disorder, and by protecting the innocent against deception and the weak against oppression. The men and women of the law enforcement agency of New Holstein unceasingly provide a vital public service. Mayor Reese urged the community to “join in commemorating law enforcement officers, past and present, who, by their faithful and loyal devotion to their responsibilities, have rendered a dedicated service....”

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KPD active in many areas this past year By Kiel Chief Dave Funkhouser One of our top priorities for the Kiel Police Department is to maintain a high level of positive public relations in our community. We have made tremendous strides in that aspect using a variety of different and creative methods, but we also recognize that simply by doing our job in a professional and competent manner we have an impact. We’ll continue to strive for even more in the years to come as we are firm believers that a police department needs to be part of a community, not just the enforcers of law within it.

Packer cards and throughout the year we receive cards and notes from kids thanking us for our service to the City of Kiel. 2017 was yet another year of our Police Department’s annual Shop with a Cop event. Officers teamed up with kids from our area and using donated funds they all went shopping to help the kids buy gifts for them and their families. Once again the event was a huge success and is our number-one public relations program. The shopping trip was followed by a gift wrapping pizza party complete with a visit from Santa.

We love kids We work with area school and youth groups. Whether it is giving a tour of the P.D. or a visit to a classroom, we have a lot of fun working with kids in our city. Several times a year we visit classrooms talking about safety and teaching the kids about a career as a police officer. We love doing this as it helps us connect to the youths in our community. Each fall we give out

Employee of the Year Each year the officers and staff of the Kiel Police Department vote on which employee of the Police Department demonstrated high levels of excellence and commitment to serving the Police Department and community during the previous year. For 2017 the Police Department voted for Officer Chris Brey who received the award for our “Employee of the Year.”

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Service Awards In 2017, Officer Joseph Jeanty celebrated his 20th year of service with the City of Kiel Police Department. Officer Jeanty serves as a patrol officer, field training officer, and is also a member of our joint Kiel-New Holstein Honor Guard team. Life Saving Award In 2017, Officer Cory Wilkens and Officer Tim Jandrey received the City of Kiel Police Department’s “Life Saving Award” for their actions during an EMS call. The officers performed CPR on a patient who did not have a pulse and was not breathing. The patient sur-

vived the incident due in no small part to the officers’ actions and celebrated the holidays with his family. Awards/donations Each year our Police Department receives donations and recognition from the community. In 2017 we received donations from a number of different businesses, civic groups, and more. We also received a “Hero Flag” for the entire Police Department in recognition of our efforts in serving the City of Kiel. The award was presented at our staff meeting earlier in the year and is proudly displayed in our conference room at the Kiel PD.

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Officers from the City of Kiel Police Department’s Honor Guard traveled to the State Capitol in Madison recently to pay honor and respect to fallen law enforcement officers at the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Service. They did the same on Tuesday, May 15 at a memorial event in Manitowoc at the Manitowoc County Law Enforcement Memorial located outside the Manitowoc Count y Courthouse. The City of Kiel Police Department has a name etched on the memorials for fallen officers at the national memorial in Washington D.C., the Wisconsin Memorial in Madison, and the Manitowoc County memorial Marshal Edmund E. Hanske was in Manitowoc. Marshal Ed- killed in 1914 while trying to flag mund E. Hanske, down a speeding vehicle. 46, was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver while attempting to flag the vehicle down for speeding in 1914. He was struck as he stepped into the roadway. The juvenile driver who fled the scene was apprehended and charged with manslaughter. Marshal Hanske had served with the Kiel Police Department for one1 year. He was survived by his wife. National Peace Officers Memorial Day was Tuesday May 15. “Police Week” officially started on Sunday, May 13 through Saturday, May 19. Learn more about the state’s Law Enforcement Memorial at http://www.wlem.com/.

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NHPD works in partnership with citizens By NHPD Chief Brian Reedy The New Holstein Police Department consists of 18 personnel. This includes 13 sworn officers (the chief, a captain, four full-time officers, and seven part-time officers), 1.5 administrative office staff, and three part-time crossing guards. The New Holstein Police Department is committed to providing safety and security to the residents of the city 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The staff of the department is committed, professional, and proactive and is trained in many different law enforcement disciplines. The mission statement of the department reads, “The New Holstein Police Department will safeguard freedom by preserving life and property, protecting the constitutional rights of all individuals and maintaining order. “To earn the respect of all individuals, by maintaining a knowledgeable, responsive, well-trained and accountable workforce that discharges their duties and responsibilities with evi-

dence of fairness, tolerance and equality. “To reduce the opportunity for the commission of crime by implementing effective crime prevention strategies, fully investigating crimes when they occur and expeditiously apprehending criminal offenders. “We will meet the present and future needs of the public through a continued partnership with our community.” The Police Department is involved in several different types of community policing programs such as: n School Resource Officer n Police Explorer Program n Citizen Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) n Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate (ALICE) n Calumet County Crimestoppers n “Quick 50” Program n Bike Rodeo n National Night Out n Green Bay Packer Trading Card Program n Police Chaplain

n Shop with a Cop n Identity Theft at the New Holstein Area Chamber of Commerce’s Country Christmas event n Drug Drop Box/Drug Take Back On average the Police Department investigates approximately 3,000 calls for service each year. Each incident is handled by the department’s officers investigating every lead from the reporting person, witnesses, etc. to the conclusion of the investigation. The rights of a victim are a priority and the department has a good working rela-

tionship with the area law enforcement agencies. Over the past several years the Police Department has been able to obtain grants for equipment. The Police Department also has the support from our city leaders to obtain equipment. This equipment is necessary for the safety of the officers in certain incidents. The New Holstein Police Department utilizes Facebook to communicate with the public for a source of relaying information. Follow us on Facebook.

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Police officers from multiple area departments assist with the Shop With a Cop effort each year just prior to Christmas. Numerous children benefit from the program, the money for which comes from locally held fundraisers.

Shop With a Cop effort continues as big success The Shop with a Cop program takes children who might not have such a bright holiday season because of family problems or recent hardships to a great party with Santa and then on to a shopping trip at Wal-Mart where each child is allowed to purchase $100 worth of items. This program helps to build an important positive relationship between the children and law enforcement, as well as help during a trying and stressful time of the year for families. Each child is teamed up with a uniformed officer throughout the evening. Officiers try to encourage the children to buy the essential items first (coats, shoes, needed clothing), before hitting the toy aisles.

The children also may surprise officers with their generosity by using some of their money to purchase a gift for a family member. The program costs the children nothing. Officers have received an outpouring of support for this program from the local business community, as well as local citizens. The money used to provide this program for the children came from donations and fundraisers put on by the police departments. Any questions about this program can be directed to the program coordinators, Officer Jim Blanke and Officer Joseph Jeanty, at 894-2211 or by e-mail by clicking on their name.

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Calumet County Sheriff’s Office The Law Enforcement Patrol Division of the Calumet County Sheriff’s Department is responsible for patrol of Calumet County and responding to calls for service. The sheriff’s deputies patrol the 324 square miles of Calumet County. The Sheriff’s Department currently provides contracted services to the Town and Village of Harrison, and villages of Sherwood, Stockbridge, and Hilbert. The patrol division consist of one lieutenant, one sergeant, and 16 deputies, in-

cluding two PSL officers (Police School Liaisons). The patrol division enforces county ordinances, state and federal laws, and serves and protects individuals, their rights, and their property. Being in a small county, the Sheriff’s Department’s deputies are required to specialize in many fields of law enforcement so that quality professional services are provided to the citizens of Calumet County. Several of the specializations within the patrol division are SWAT team, evidence technician, police school

liaison officer, K9, water safety patrol, and snowmobile patrol. Investigators specialize in the investigation of misdemeanor, criminal, and sensitive crimes, as well as performing general law enforcement duties. The special investigator performs regular investigator duties and works with the drug enforcement units within Calumet County and the Lake Winnebago Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group (LWAM). The Calumet County Sheriff’s Boat

Patrol was established in 2000 and patrols the northeast side of Lake Winnebago. The Boat Patrol is responsible for enforcement of all State of Wisconsin Statutes including boating laws and regulations. The Boat Patrol also responds to water-related distress calls, boating accidents, and search and rescue. The boat patrol works closely with the Wisconsin DNR and the U.S. Coast Guard. A specially equipped 2000 Grady White Sportsman 200 is utilized for the boat patrol.

Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Office Following is a message from Sheboygan County Sheriff Cory Roeseler, a native of the Kiel area: I am honored to be the sheriff of Sheboygan County. In December 2017, I was appointed by Governor Walker to serve as sheriff. I am filling the final year of the previous sheriff’s four-year term due to his retirement. I began my career with the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Office in 1991. I started

as a deputy and was promoted to corporal in 2000. In February 2001, I was promoted to detective, spending several years as an undercover narcotics officer. In November 2004, I was promoted to lieutenant of Criminal Investigations. In June 2006, I was promoted to captain of patrol and eventually assumed responsibility for the Criminal Investigations Division as well. I also served as the chief of police for

the Cascade Police Department from 2003 to 2018. Prior to working for the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Office, I was a deputy with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Department in 1990 and a part-time officer with the Kiel Police Department in 1989. I was born and raised in the rural Kiel area and attended Kiel High School, graduating in January 1988. The Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Of-

fice was established in 1846 and I am the 56th sheriff. I am a strong believer in community partnership and being a part of the community. I served as an alderman in the City of Sheboygan for three years. I also am active in other community events and committees. I feel it is important to give back to and support our community.

Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office Established in 1981, the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team has a primary function of responding to hazardous situations where conventional police tactics may not be adequate to resolve the matter. Its priorities are the safe resolution to the situation while ensuring the safety of hostages, citizens, police officers, and suspects. SWAT team duties include securing and resolving barricade/hostage situations, armed suicidal subjects, high-risk search warrants, high-risk arrest war-

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Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Office Members of the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Office—in a cooperative effort—serve the community by ensuring a safe and peaceful environment for the citizens of the county, by protecting life and property through the enforcement of laws, by responding to requests for service and assistance, by guaranteeing people’s constitutional rights, and by respecting the dignity of all people. The Joint Dispatch Center’s mission is to serve as an essential link between the public and any police, fire or EMS assistance that they may need while working as a team to ensure: n that public safety is never compromised; n that customers receive help in a professional and timely manner; n that the agencies they serve will be met with excellence when called upon. The Manitowoc County Joint Dispatch center is the direct link between citizens and the county’s emergency response services as they provide 24-hour dispatching for all law, fire, and EMS agencies within Manitowoc County. The Dispatch Center is located on the second floor of the Communications and Technology Building. The center is staffed by a total of 16 full-time and five part-time dispatchers who handle all emergency 911 calls as well as nonemergency calls for service. They serve eight cities and villages within Manitowoc County and dispatch for 21 fire departments, 5 ambulance services, 11 first responder units, and coordinate emergency responses from the county SWAT Team and Dive Team. Along with the Sheriff’s Office, the center dispatches for the City of Two Rivers, City of Manitowoc, and City of Kiel police departments as well as Cleveland, Francis Creek, Mishicot, St. Nazianz, and Valders police departments. Among a variety of other responsibilities, dispatchers are required to monitor multiple radio frequencies simultaneously, track officers’ activities in the field, prioritize calls and dispatch appropriate units, and receive and communicate severe weather information. They also retrieve and enter information in state and federal databases such as wanted or missing persons or stolen vehicles and property.

Officers of year named by MCSO Deputy Sheriff Cory Zimmer has been named Officer of the Year for 2017 for the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Office, while Cheryl Nack has been named the Corrections Officer of the Year. The officers were honored at a banquet hosted by the Manitowoc Eagles Aerie 706 in Manitowoc on May 5. Zimmer started his career with the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department on May 24, 1988 as a reserve deputy. On Jan. 27, 1992 he was appointed as a jailer, and on April 3, 1992 he became a full-time corrections officer. On July 30, 1993 Zimmer was promoted to corporal in the Jail Division until Jan. 2, 1998 when he was promoted to jail sergeant. Zimmer remained in this supervisory role until May 30, 2000 when he was selected to fill a position as a patrol deputy. Deputy Zimmer’s career has allowed him to serve 12 years in the jail and the following 17 years as a deputy sheriff in patrol. Deputy Zimmer has worked the majority of his time on the night shift while on patrol. He has placed an emphasis on traffic violations and addressing operating while intoxicated violations in an effort to keep the highways and community safe. Zimmer is known to be a shift leader by assisting younger deputies on the shift. Deputy Zimmer has recently been credited with two lifesaving events. In 2015 Deputy Zimmer responded to a call where a subject was attempting to commit suicide by hanging. His quick response found the spouse trying to hold up the victim, who was now unconscious and not breathing. Deputy Zimmer cut the victim down and started CPR, saving the victim’s life. The second event was in the fall of 2017. Deputy Zimmer overheard radio calls reference a person threatening to jump off a bridge in the city of Manitowoc. He was the first officer on scene and established communication with the person until he received assistance from Deputy Aleff. A plan was quickly formulated to have Deputy Aleff distract the person, allowing Deputy Zimmer to grab and pull the person to safety.

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they really do not know what they will be facing. Often split second decisions need to be made. Something most of us will never have to face. As one area veteran officer told me, “Law enforcement is 99 percent boredom and one percent sheer terror.”

Area chiefs share their thoughts Chilton Police Chief Craig Plehn has worked hard to improve department trainings and equipment since taking the reins as chief. He is often frustrated by the current lack of trust in law enforcement and feels people don’t value law enforcement like they used to. “People question everything law enforcement does. Instead of law enforcement getting the benefit of the doubt, we are now doing everything to prove why we did what we did.” Chief Plehn said, adding residents aren’t always aware of horrific actions that could be occurring in the house next door to their home. “If they knew they’d put more value on law enforcement.” Opioids, drugs and crimes related to drugs are the most pressing issues at this time according to Chief Plehn, and the number of officers versus the number of cases law enforcement departments are dealing with is lacking. “We are understaffed,” he said. New Holstein Police Chief Brian Reedy agrees that drug use as well as mental health issues is some of the most pressing issues today along with sufficient staffing. “We have gone backwards in staffing due to budget restraints. The current level at times is inadequate in order to meet the current call volume. At times officers will be called in to assist with investigations and/or to cover patrol officer duties. We are very lucky to have a committed and dedicated staff who help out when needed at a minutes notice.” Budgeting, staffing, social media The role of social media has increased caseloads Chief Plehn said. “We get complaints from harassment to mental health. It’s also changed the way we collect evidence.” He said social media can also assist law enforcement officers with getting information to the public, including missing persons and important notices. “It’s a good tool for law enforcement to use.” “Social media is a phenomenal tool

to share information at the speed of light,” Kiel Police Chief Dave Funkhouser confirmed, adding caution must be used. “You can reach thousands of people with one click, sharing facts and information. It’s a valuable tool also for public relations and weather alerts. We can do a lot with technology.” Chief Reedy stated social media, as well as some media outlets, are having an effect on law enforcement and how they do their jobs. “In the world we are living in now everyone expects to know what is going on. It is unfortunate when an incident is shown on the nightly news and not the whole story is being told or portrayed except for a few seconds. There also does not appear to be enough stories of the good work officers and departments are doing in their communities,” he explained. “Social media can be both positive and negative,” he continued. “The positive side is the assistance from citizens in the community that social media has helped our department with, and the ability of law enforcement to communicate to the public and vice versa. The negative side is persons can make false comments and claims about the department, officers, etc. because of their first amendment right.” Chief Reedy noted technology is always changing, making it difficult for small agencies to keep up with the improvements due to budget constraints. Chief Plehn said budgeting and staffing can be a challenge for police chiefs due to the unpredictability of law enforcement, making it hard to budget effectively. “We don’t know what crimes we will have, investigation time needed, overtime hours, etc.,” he said. “When smaller departments lose one officer for awhile it can be difficult to get enough personnel to fill shifts.” Chief Funkhouser said major advances that have been made in the Department’s ability to enhance technology, including the use of software for better records management, statistical reporting, and budgeting and grants ultimately reduces paperwork. “We are trying to go paperless,” he said. He said his department has been able to acquire grants and donations to fund needed equipment. “We’ve been able to upgrade the quality of our equipment primarily through grant funding.” Public relations important part “Law enforcement as a whole has to

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embrace the fact that communities are more expectant of complete transparency of government,” Chief Funkhouser said. “We bring to light and hold responsible those that break the law and because of that we will always have some point of negativity. People need to cut us some slack too. We’re going to make mistakes but we are held to high accountability. With great power comes great responsibility.” Public relations are extremely important to law enforcement according to Chief Funkhouser, and his Department, like many others, is involved in numerous community activities including Shop with a Cop, community presentations and an honor guard unit. Chief Reedy said officers are constantly working to make a difference in the community, with a lot of the work done out of the spotlight, including public relations efforts. “We do a lot of work with our school district, civic groups, and working with the children of our community and other organizations,” he explained, adding a lot of work is done between other departments within the city, county and state departments. “We have a close relationship with area police departments working together under mutual aid and also the Shop with a Cop program, Drug Task Force, SWAT, fire investigations, REACH, Crimestoppers, Department of Human Services, the District Attorney’s office, the State Patrol, and the DNR to name a few.”

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Hard on family life Chief Plehn said law enforcement officers lead the categories of suicide and divorce. “The job is very demanding and families often become second to major situations,” he said. “We often aren’t there for kids’ activities, holidays and weekends. Officers often deal with stressful situations and have a tendency to bring the stress home. It is important to have stress relief and deal with the negativity.” The time and dedication necessary to work in a career in law enforcement can make family life difficult, Chief Turn to chiefs/page 23B

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He said many times officers assist citizens by simply answering their questions pertaining to questions and concerns of frauds, vehicle registrations, laws, conducting house watches and more. “Being in a small county with limited resources means area departments work well together to achieve the same goal; to solve and prevent crimes in our communities,” Chief Reedy said. Chief Funkhouser shared many things he said all officers do daily in communities that residents are not often aware of. This includes night shift officers routinely pulling doors of local businesses while on foot duty to check for unlocked doors. He said officers once discovered broken water pipes at Kiel’s City Hall, preventing potential significant damage to the building.

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Chiefs Reedy agreed. “Shift work, being called in to work on an off day, court dates and trainings are part of the job,” he said, adding the profession is not a Monday through Friday, 9 to 5 job. “You often miss family functions and holidays.” “We try to minimize the negative affect,” Chief Funkhouser said. “It’s important to keep the fire burning and remember how badly you wanted to become an officer and how happy you were.” Taking care of the officers in the Department and their wellness is very important to the him. “We see the darkest and hardest things that people can imagine. I want them to look back and know I care about them as people. They are well trained, well equipped and we take care of mental health.” Chief Funkhouser said regular debriefings allow the officers to be mentally healthy. “We work very hard to take care of the community and we need to work hard to care of us too,” he said. “We are in the business of moderating and mediating disputes. Sometimes we feel like parents to adults,” he said, adding the increasing mental health crisis is frightening. The Chief said he finds staff motivation challenging when public opinion is at an all time low, stating officers just want to feel appreciated and that their job matters. “It is tough when officers don’t feel wanted or appreciated.” “Some people think that we go to work to try to hurt someone,” he continued. “That wouldn’t be tolerated here for a minute.” “Legacy is a goal of mine,” Chief Funkhouser said. “We provide great training, quality equipment, quality people and the best job we can.” While some officers expressed concerns with their children possibly entering the career, Chief Funkhouser said two of his six children are already interested in a career in law enforcement and he is OK with that. “They can make a difference,” he said. Being able to help citizens solve a problem no matter how big or small it may be is rewarding for officers Chief Reedy shared. “This is what community policing is all about.” Chief Plehn is hopeful residents know the officers are there to help others in need. “It’s not easy and officers sacrifice a lot, but it makes us feel good

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continued from page 22B when people appreciate what we do for them.” Chief Reedy shares that sentiment. “The men and women of the New Holstein Police Department including the civilian staff are committed and dedicated to serving and protecting our city,” he said. “Our staff is human beings with families. We are not perfect and occasionally will make mistakes as we are human. We do our jobs to the best of our abilities with the resources we have just like anyone else would. Our job is done wearing protective body armor and wearing a gun. Our officers at times need to make decisions in a split second that sometimes are not what others believe was the correct decision.” A simple thank you is something all officers look forward to hearing according to Chief Funkhouser. “We are here to help and serve and we mean that,” he said. “In truly every sense of the word.” “I’ve seen officer’s selfless acts,” Chief Funkhouser added. “Helping people out of their own pocket and not expecting anything. It happens hundreds of times a day.” “This is a rewarding career,” Chief Reedy stated. “It has its ups and downs just like everything else in life, and every day is not the same. Unfortunately some will make the ultimate sacrifice of not going home after their day to their family.” Working to improve quality of life The Calumet County Sheriff’s Department strives to enhance the quality of life of its residents by providing proactive, efficient and professional law enforcement services Sheriff’s Department officers often struggle with the staffing demands of covering the county municipalities including the cities of Appleton, Brillion, Chilton, Kaukauna, Kiel, Menasha and New Holstein; the towns of Brothertown, Charlestown, Chilton, New Holstein, Rantoul, Stockbridge and Woodville; and the villages of Harrison, Hilbert, Potter, Sherwood and Stockbridge. With the sheriff, two lieutenants, one sergeant and 16 deputies, the Department covers 324 square miles in the county and it’s 52,320 residents. Lieutenant Bill Tyson said covering the Village of Harrison’s population of

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more than 15,000 residents in addition to the rest of Calumet County is difficult. “They need their own police department,” he said. “Find a village or city anywhere in America with that population that does not have their own police department.” Patrol officers share Tyson’s sentiment as they try to meet the demands of the law enforcement needs of the village, which is continuing to grow as new subdivisions are added. Deputies also say they struggle with lack of space in the existing Calumet County Jail, stating the needs of the Department are not being met with the existing facility. As of May 11, there were 55 individuals listed as inmates in the county jail. Additional Calumet County inmates are regularly housed at other municipality institutions, at an added cost to the County. The Sheriff’s Department also includes numerous specialty divisions to serve the county including the SWAT team, an evidence technician, two police school liaison officers, a K9 unit, water safety and snowmobile patrols, and investigations. Participating in a ride along with the Calumet K9 unit was fascinating. K9 Amer is ready and anxious to serve

So much more to say… There is so much more I can say and would like to say about my time spent with the officers of our area law enforcement departments and the ways they are making a difference every day in our communities, but unfortunately this is a newspaper and not a book. If you can take away anything from this story, I hope it is that law enforcement officers are human just like you and me. They sincerely appreciate mutual respect and an occasional thank you. They genuinely care and are here to help and make a difference in the communities they swore to serve and protect. To all our area law enforcement officers, thank you.

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Local officers raise $4K for Children’s

Police officers from the New Holstein and Kiel departments recently cohosted the 53rd Annual Law Enforcement Bowling Tournament. Their efforts raised $4,000 for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Organizers thanked all the officers involved, family members, and friends who volunteered their time for the event, with special thanks to all the businesses and groups which donated items to the event.

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