DuBois takes reins of SV Police Department
SPRING VALLEY—When it comes to John DuBois, the question isn’t what he’s done in law enforcement, but what he’s not done.
Spring Valley’s police chief since this spring has held law enforcement positions in urban and rural communities around the state. Moreover, the posts have run the gamut of almost every type of duty imaginable.
Even while serving as the local chief today, DuBois is teaching others about his chosen career field, he said Thursday.
“I’m a certified instructor through the State of Wisconsin,” he said, explaining certification required him to take different courses in areas of interest, then submit paperwork.
The Monona (near Madison) native said he has an uncle, Steve DuBois, now retired from Capital Police dispatch. But he credited a resource officer at Monona Grove High School, where he graduated in 2001, for being more of an influence on his future direction.
As a student, DuBois played soccer and ran track, plus was a member of the band and choir, he said. However, he was also a Police Explorer, a program through the Boy Scouts he compared to Cadets.
“We’d go to competitions and compete against each other,” he said about Explorer teams.
The members, ranging in age from 14-to-20, were taught about traffic stops, types of calls officers receive, volunteering in communities, going on ride-alongs and the like, he said. It’s an opportunity for youths to sample the law enforcement field at an early age and determine whether they’d want to continue in it.
For DuBois, the answer was “yes.” After high school, he attended Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, gaining an associate degree in criminal justice following a two-year program in a class of approximately 30 students, he said. Among the courses were history of law enforcement, sociology, report writing and communications. He’s still working now on a four-year degree, he added, having a semester left toward a Bachelor of Science degree in public administration at Upper Iowa University.
For more please read the August 21 print version of the Herald.