Officer Jesse Paul was born in Oelwein, Iowa. Officer Paul graduated from Clinton Community High School, before enlisting in the US Army. He attended Clinton Community College before he was hired by the Buchanan County Sheriff's Office as a jailer. Officer Paul was hired by the Oelwein Police Department in 1989. In 1991 he initiated the DARE program in Oelwein and became the first DARE Officer in Oelwein - he held that position for over 10 years.
In 1997, Officer Paul left Oelwein and went to Sioux Falls, SD where he worked as a correctional officer at the South Dakota State Penitentiary and a deputy supervisor for the Moody County Sheriff's Officer and the Santee Sioux Tribe. While with Moody County Sheriff’s Department, he was responsible for setting up a special unit that would enforce Federal and Tribal laws on Santee Sioux Tribal land, all laws in the City of Flandreau and Moody County. Officer Paul then left the Moody County Sheriff’s Department and became Chief of Police for Canton, SD. Officer Paul returned to the Oelwein Police Department in 1999 to be closer to friends and family.
Key points in Officer Paul's career are: Initiation of the Oelwein Police Department's DARE program in 1991, in 1995 Northeast Iowa Representative of the Iowa DARE Officers Association, and in 2000 a sexual abuse investigator for the Oelwein Police Department. He is the tactical leader of the Oelwein Police Department's Tactical team. Officer Paul is a Firearms and Rifle instructor for the Oelwein Police Department and a Volunteer Firefighter with the Oelwein Fire Department. He was promoted to Officer in August of 2013.
Officer Paul is married Carol and has four daughters and a son. Officer Paul is an active member in the Oelwein Community, Sacred Heart Church and the Oelwein and Sacred Heart Schools. He enjoys hunting, camping, fishing, collecting World War II items and spending as much time as possible with his family.
Officer Brandon DeJong began his law enforcement career in 2000 as a Reserve Officer for the city of Belle Plaine. Officer DeJong also worked as a reserve Officer of his home town of Vinton. He joined the Oelwein Police Department in June of 2003 after working for the City of Sigourney, Iowa. He has an Associates degree in Police Science that he earned from Hawkeye Community College in 1999.
Officer DeJong is a Fire Arms Instructor, Active Shooter Instructor, as well as a D.A.R.E. Instructor. Other assignments for Officer DeJong include Bike Patrol, as well as the Oelwein Police Department’s Special Response Team (SRT). He is also in charge of the Oelwein Public Safety Poker Run that is held annually in late September, to early October every year. All of the proceeds raised from the Poker Run are donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
Officer DeJong enjoys hunting, fishing, and riding his Harley Davidson Motorcycle.
Officer Ted Phillips has been with the Oelwein Police Department in either a full time or part time status for 9 years. Before joining the OPD, he was a Sheriff's Deputy as well as an Officer on a federal Indian Reservation in Arizona. In Officer Phillips' 20+ years in Law Enforcement, he has served in many rolls including Investigator, SRT Team member and a Clandestine Lab Investigator. He also received his pilot's license and was a part of the Air Unit in Arizona. Officer Phillips is proud of being part of the Law Enforcement community here in Oelwein and looks forward to serving our city for many more years to come.
Officer Boyd Eser was born and raised in Forest City IA. After moving several times he ended up graduating from High School in Madelia, MN. He went on to attend Waldorf College where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Boyd was also a part of the Waldorf Wrestling program while attending Waldorf.
Upon graduation from College, Officer Eser enlisted in the United States Army as an infantryman. During his service he was stationed in South Korea, Ft. Riley Kansas and ended up deploying to Afghanistan for 10 months.
Officer Eser joined the Oelwein Police Department in April of 2015. He graduated from the Iowa Law enforcement Academy in August of 2015 while becoming a member of the 300 point club. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, and working out.
Officer Matt Schmelzer grew up in Ossian, Iowa, and graduated from South Winneshiek high school in 2011. He played college football for a year at Central College before transferring to Hawkeye College in 2012. Officer Schmelzer graduated in 2015 from Hawkeye with a degree in Police Science and was hired by the Oelwein Police Department shortly after. While attending Hawkeye, he obtained his coaching certificate and donates his time to help young athletes with their strength and conditioning, while also coaching youth wrestling. In the fall of 2015, Officer Schmelzer graduated from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. In his free time he enjoys hunting, kayaking, spending time with his family, and health and fitness. He is excited to be a part of the Oelwein community.
The Oelwein Police Department was established in 1903
Currently the Oelwein Police Department employs:
4 Reserve (Volunteer) Police Officers
The Oelwein Police Department is located at 501 Rock Island Road, Oelwein, Iowa 50662.
The Oelwein Police Department is presently accepting applications for the position of Police Officer.
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