The 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:
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
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:
Latch Key Program
9-1-1 Emergency Phone Calls
Drug Free Programs
Eddie the Eagle-Gun Safety
A.L.E.R.T. School Safety Drills
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.
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.
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.
Or contact Deputy Eric Koepsell
Phone: (715) 346-1425