By Tim Kowols
Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski is proud of the relationships his deputies have forged in the community, but that does not mean the game has not changed for the 25-year law enforcement veteran. Social media and television have forced departments across the country to be more active in educating the public and getting to know what is happening in their communities. It also causes deputies and police officers to be critiqued with every step they take. Joski says while policing itself has changed over the last hundred years, the connection between law enforcement and the community must exist.
While criticism of law enforcement may have had an impact on the number of applications his department receives to join, Joski believes the quality of those applicants is only going up. You can read the rest of Joski’s Sheriff’s Corner celebrating Law Enforcement Appreciation Month online with this story.
FROM SHERIFF MATT JOSKI
May has historically been Law Enforcement Appreciation month. Last week at our state capital members of law enforcement from around the state joined together to pay tribute to those currently serving as well as to remember and honor those law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their community. It is not only appropriate that we take time to honor and appreciate these men and women, but necessary as well so that we can bring attention to the work and sacrifices which are made on a daily basis to maintain the quality of life we all are so fortunate to enjoy.
It is unfortunate that we are celebrating this awareness during such times of conflict and turmoil throughout our country. It is difficult to see the breakdown between any community and those who have taken an oath to protect them, their families and their property. I cannot judge either side, or give insight into events which I have not experienced or realities I am not exposed to. All I can speak to is the reality that I know here in Kewaunee County.
I know that I serve alongside some of the highest quality people I have ever met. Men and women who put on the uniform not to become rich, or famous, but to make a difference in the community they have sworn to protect. They leave their families each morning, afternoon, or evening not knowing the calls or circumstances they will be placed into. They respond to emotionally charged situations and must maintain their composure, and steadfast application of our laws. They must put aside personal opinions and conduct themselves in a professional manner always showing respect even in when confronted with utter disrespect.
They do this knowing that every step they take and decision they make will be critiqued both internally by management and externally by society. They do the best with the limited information they are provided and the dynamic circumstances which they respond to. They do this 24 hours a day 7 days a week, missing birthdays, holidays, and other special events. They do this job in the hopes that at the end of their shift they can say they made a difference. Let’s all take the opportunity to make sure that each and every one of these dedicated professionals know that they have made a difference, and we appreciate them for their service. On behalf of Law Enforcement in Kewaunee County, Thank you for allowing us to serve such a wonderful community!