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Community Resource Officer

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CounterACT Class 2016The Community Resource Officer position is part of the Court Services Unit at the Sheriff's Office. The Community Resource Officer, Deputy Eric Koepsell, will be busy teaching and coordinating programs throughout the county including schools, businesses, and community organizations.  The Community Resource Officer is responsible for the Sheriff's Office programs listed below: 


School Programs

The Portage County Sheriff's Office offers school safety programs in nine different schools in Portage County. All the schools are located in the jurisdiction of Portage County. The schools are: 

Almond High and Elementary School 
Amherst High and Elementary School 
Bancroft Kindergarten 
Grant Elementary School, Kellner 
J.F. Kennedy Elementary, Village of Junction City 
McDill Elementary, Village of Whiting 
Rosholt High and Elementary School 
St. Adalberts Elementary and Middle School, Rosholt 
Sacred Heart Elementary and Middle School, Polonia 

The schools are provided with a list of programs offered at the beginning of the year. They are as follows: 

Stranger Awareness Texting and Driving
Abduction Prevention 
K.I.D.S. Fingerprinting 
Latch Key Program 
9-1-1 Emergency Phone Calls 
Drug Free Programs 
Poison Awareness 
Eddie the Eagle-Gun Safety 
A.L.E.R.T. School Safety Drills 
Internet Safety 
Bike Safety 
Bike Rodeo 
Driver's Education Talks 
Alcohol and Drugs Talks 
Safety Cadet Training 
Sheriff's Office Tours 
Sexual Assault Talks 

These are the programs offered to the schools but not limited to since the school will request presentations related to specific problems that arise throughout the school year including bully talks, personal space, and inappropriate touching. 

Programs also offered are: shoplifting talks, abduction prevention, and other programs related to safety. 

Most of the topics listed above are one session talks. The Counter ACT program is more in depth and is six one hour sessions which include a presentation to the parents. Each program has material handouts for the students, which include workbooks and fun stuff for the kids. We also have gun lock giveaways and bike helmets available for families that can't afford them. 

Community ProgramsNeighborhood Watch

The Sheriff's Office is also involved in the Neighborhood Watch program. We have a strong existing Neighborhood Watch Program and it continues to grow. The program is designed to help neighbors watch out for each other.

We also do presentations at daycares, elderly housing complexes, and driver education classes.


Citizen's Academy

In March of 2007, the Citizen's Academy was started back up by the Community Resource Officer. We had ten students sign up and complete all the classes. The Academy ran for ten weeks, one night a week, usually on Wednesdays for two hours. The classes consisted of a jail section, patrol section, OWI stops, accident reconstruction, vehicle contacts, emergency vehicle driving, firearms, defense and arrest tactics and drug investigations. Most of the students also participated in the ride along program making their class time just a little longer to better their knowledge about our department. Citizens Academy Badge

Learn More:

Find out more about the Academy by clicking here.

Or contact Deputy Eric Koepsell
Phone: (715) 346-1425