Manitowoc Noon Rotary Officer of the Year
Detective Erik Kowalski
We would like to congratulate Detective Erik Kowalski for being nominated and selected as the Manitowoc Police Department’s 2018 Noon Rotary Officer of the Year!
Detective Kowalski has been with our police department since July of 1996. He was promoted to Detective in January of 2009.
Detective Kowalski received a nomination from Captain of Detectives David Vorpahl and a separate nomination from Detective Dave McCue. Erik was recognized in his nomination letters for his personal motivation, excellent teamwork, and professionalism. Erik became the human trafficking coordinator for the Department where he continues to demonstrate patience, diligence and the ability to communicate with both victims and suspects involved in human trafficking and prostitution. Throughout the year, Detective Kowalski gave numerous presentations to the community about human trafficking for the public to gain awareness about the dangers involved and to educate people on what to look for in order to report human trafficking. He organized numerous undercover operations which resulted in over fifty (50) ordinance citations being issued, drugs being recovered, and probation violations detected. Additionally, Erik assisted in securing a $90,000 grant in which half of that funding was earmarked for human trafficking enforcement in 2018. We would also like to recognize Lt. Mark Schroeder, Officer Rick Ladwig and Officer Rebecca Schuettpelz who were also nominated for this distinguished award.
Manitowoc Eagles Club Officer of the Year
Officer Cooper Schmidt
The Manitowoc Police Department is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2018 Eagles Club Officer of the Year Award is Officer Cooper Schmidt. Officer Schmidt has served on the Manitowoc Police Department since October 2016 and has been assigned to second shift patrol. However, before Officer Schmidt was hired by the department as a patrol officer he was already a part of our family. In 2012, he was a member of the Manitowoc Police Department’s Citizen’s Academy while still attending high school. He interned with our department and volunteered to be “McGruff” for several D.A.R.E. events, parades, Crime Prevention days and National Night Out events. He went on to obtain a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh and successfully completed his recruit academy training at Fox Valley Technical College.
In Officer Schmidt’s nomination letters it indicated that even though he has only been with our department a short time, because of his hard work ethic, he has already gained the respect of not only everyone on second shift but the department as a whole. Officer Schmidt is never satisfied with just an eight hour shift….he takes it upon himself to volunteer his time and efforts throughout our community. Officer Schmidt is a kind hearted individual who wants only the best for his community. He is a role model in both the Manitowoc Community and a shining example for other officers on our department.
Officer Schmidt has had an immediate positive impact on many lives within our city. He has either spearheaded or has been involved in numerous programs including such things as “Stuff the Squad” Food Drive, Shop with a Cop, 4K Reading Initiative at the YMCA, Southfield Townhouse Luncheon Program, Citizen’s Academy, Explorer’s Program, Executive Board member for both the “Hope House” and “Southfield Townhouses”, along with assisting with fundraising efforts for the Pinecrest Historical Village and our own K-9 program. In addition, Officer Schmidt was also able to secure a grant for 20 bicycles which were donated to the Waypost Camp in Hatley, WI which is a camp for children….many of who visit from the Southfield Townhouse Community.
Officer Schmidt has exhibited extraordinary enthusiasm and care for his community and is certainly someone who is doing the right things, the right way, for the right reasons!! Congratulations once again to Officer Cooper Schmidt!!