Schuetz, Jerry

Jerry Schuetz

Contact Information:

Telephone: 920.596.3390

Educational Background

  • Graduate, University of Wisconsin Certified Public Manager Program
  • Master of Public Administration, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Professional Experience
Schuetz possesses nearly 14 years of law enforcement experience, and served in three different police departments throughout Wisconsin. Schuetz spent time as a patrol officer, and a sensitive crime investigator with the City of Appleton Police Department, prior to being named Chief of Police in the City of Manawa in 2004. He is a two-time recipient of the State of Wisconsin's Distinguished Service Medal, and in 2006 was named the Waupaca County Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. In 2008 he was appointed the Chief of Police in Milton, Wisconsin.

He has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville since 2006, and he also teaches in the Wisconsin Technical College System. Ask Schuetz what criminal justice employees will be discussing in the upcoming years and he'll give you a simple answer: professionalism. "The standards for employment and for maintaining certifications are increasing," he explains. "Students choosing this career should look forward to the evolution of what was once considered a "job" into a profession. They must also be well prepared to work hard and compete with other professionals for careers in this ever-expanding field."

Schuetz is committed to continuing professional development. "There is a saying that I have near my office door," he says. "'If we are not striving to get better, we risk getting worse.' It is a reminder that the pursuit of excellence in policing is in constant development. Continuing education helps us learn to do what we do better. If we do not take advantage of continuing education and professional development, we are not maximizing our potential to provide better service, and this may limit our ability to continually be more effective and more efficient in the service we provide to the public."

Learning through participation is key to Schuetz's theory of instruction and he strongly encourages all of his students to fully participate in course discussions. "I tell my officers and my students that life itself is kind of like a savings account," he explains. "You can only get out of it what you put into it. Learning online is no different. If you invest a lot of time and effort into learning, you will maximize your experience. If you do the minimum, that is all you will get out of it. I feel fortunate that the students that have enrolled in the courses I have taught strive to get the most out of their experience. Their commitment to learning makes teaching enjoyable for me as their instructor, and helps them get the most out of their educational experience."

Schuetz says he really enjoys teaching criminal justice classes. "The learning environment is outstanding.  The students represent current and future leaders in the criminal justice system and the quality of their work and professionalism they display provides me a great sense of pride and enthusiasm for the future of the criminal justice system in our society."

Schuetz is a State of Wisconsin Department of Justice certified instructor in the disciplines of Defense and Arrest Tactics, Vehicle Contacts, and Juvenile Law. He is a member of the International Chiefs of Police Association and the Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association.

Personal Information
Away from work, his favorite activity is spending time with his wife Jen and their children. He also enjoys running, lifting weights, and coaching his kids in sports and other activities, and playing golf.

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