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DuBois takes reins of SV Police Department

Spring Valley Police Chief John DuBois was behind his desk in his office at the village hall Thursday. DuBois is a Monona native who’s held law enforcement jobs in urban as well as rural areas around Wisconsin.

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. 

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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