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Prescott native among academy grads at CVTC

CVTC Law Enforcement Academy graduate Todd Reis, center, with academy director Eric Anderson and instructor Judi Anibas. Reis has started work as a jailer with the St. Croix County Sheriff's Department. Submitted photo.

PRESCOTT—It wasn’t just family tradition attracting Todd Reis to a career in law enforcement, but he did find inspiration there.

“My brother is in law enforcement and works for St. Croix County. I always looked up to him,” said Reis, a 2011 Prescott High School graduate.

His brother Mike is a courtroom officer. Now Reis is about to join him on the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department as a jailer. Reis just received his certification to work as a law enforcement officer in Wisconsin when he graduated from the Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) Law Enforcement Academy on Nov. 15.

“I started on Nov. 24. I’ve been waiting for this for a long time,” Reis said. “I wanted to help people and law enforcement gives me an opportunity to do so.”

Being a law enforcement officer in Wisconsin takes a great deal of training. Most of the Law Enforcement Academy graduates previously completed CVTC’s two-year Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement program or one at another technical college. Others obtained four-year university degrees before entering the academy.

That provides a good, required foundation, but the 14-week academy program gets down to the practical. Completion of an academy program is required for certification.

Eric Anderson, director of the CVTC Law Enforcement Academy and associate dean of emergency services at CVTC, said the program instructs the recruits in six areas: policing in America, tactical skills, patrol procedures, legal context, relational skills and investigations.

“The graduates learned to interact with the community as a professional,” Anderson said in his remarks to the graduates and family members at the ceremony. “They learned how to protect themselves…they learned how to provide safety and security to all citizens.”

Of the 22 graduates, four had already secured full-or part-time positions with departments.