There are many sections in police departments. Different sections handle different types of cases. For example, investigations are involved in the follow up case work and interviews; administration oversees the whole operation of the department. Patrol divisions are known as the backbone of the department, because almost all calls to the police department are initially investigated by officers in this section and it is, typically, the largest section of police departments. Patrol deals with initial calls for service investigation, crime prevention-patrol, pro-active traffic education and enforcement. Chances are if you ever had an encounter with a police officer, most likely it was from the patrol portion of the department.
Officer Bruce Barker
Officer Bruce Barker started with the Oelwein Police Department in 1979. Officer Barker attended the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in 1980. In 1998 Officer Barker completed his Associate of Arts degree in police science at Hawkeye Community College. Officer Barker is the hostage negotiator, field training officer, bomb recognition officer, and radar instructor. Officer Barker is currently the Oelwein Police Department's investigator. Officer Barker is married and has five children. Officer Barker is a 32nd Degree Mason, a Shriner, and is in the Northeast Iowa Motor Clown Parade Unit.
Officer Chet Reagan
Officer Chet Reagan, a long time resident of Oelwein and graduate from the Oelwein Community High School, served in Saudi Arabia with the US Navy during Operation(s) Desert Shield/Storm. He worked for the Oelwein Police Department as a communications operator and auxiliary officer from 1992-1996.
He accepted a full-time police officer position with the Oelwein Police Department in 2002. Officer Reagan has an Associate's Degree in Police Science and a Bachelors Degree in Criminology. He attended the Intermediate Iowa Law Enforcement Academy at Hawkeye Community College in the fall of 2002. Officer Reagan is a sexual abuse investigator and Domestic and Sexual Abuse Liaison.
Officer Reagan is certified by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation to analyze marijuana. He is a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and is trained in Scientific Content Analysis. Officer Reagan was also the D.A.R.E. officer for the Oelwein Police Department from 2005 until 2010. He is also a member of the Iowa Law Enforcement Intelligence Network.
Officer Reagan has a son and two daughters. He is a licensed falconer and enjoys spending his spare time with his family.
Officer Brandon DeJong
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 Bryce Bentley
Officer Bryce Bentley graduated from North Fayette High School and enlisted into the National Guard. He was deployed from October 2005 until August 2007. He spent 18 months in Iraq on Al Asad Air Base doing combat logistical patrols. Officer Bentley began his law enforcement career in 2008 with the Fayette Police Department and later became their Canine Handler. He attended the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in April of 2008. He graduated the academy and was inducted into the 300 point club, a club that recognizes an elite group of physically fit individuals. He has attended Interview and Interrogation School, a class for Patrol Response to Street Drugs and is certified in Drug Abuse Recognition. Officer Bentley started with the Oelwein Police Department in December of 2010.
In his spare time Bryce enjoys hunting, competing in walleye fishing tournaments, camping, spending time outdoors and with his family.
Officer Chris Hartmann
Officer Chris Hartmann was raised in Hazleton, Iowa, and is a 2008 graduate of Oelwein High School. In May of 2010, he graduated from Hawkeye College with an AAS degree in Police Science. Officer Hartmann began his law enforcement career in 2008 as a Reserve Officer with the City of Jesup. After joining the Oelwein Police Department as a Reserve Officer in late 2010, Officer Hartmann accepted a full-time position as a patrolman in 2011. He will graduate from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in May of 2012. In his free time, Chris enjoys spending time outdoors shooting, boating, playing competitive sports, and spending time with family and friends.
Officer Ted Phillips
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.
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