Archive for Thursday, December 2, 2004

New Baldwin police officer to become SRO

December 2, 2004

Baldwin's newest police officer comes into the department with a variety of law enforcement experience including being a School Resource Officer and part of a SWAT team.

Greg Schiffelbein, who started with the Baldwin City Police Department Monday, had been an officer with the Garden City Police Department since 2000.

"He had exceptional credentials for an applicant coming to the Baldwin Police Department," Police Chief Mike McKenna said. "He's had several years experience on a larger police department."

Schiffelbein, 41, is originally from Topeka. He said he worked at the Hallmark Cards Production Plant before making the switch to law enforcement.

"It's always something I wanted to do," he said.

Schiffelbein joined the Garden City department four years ago, and since then has been a part of its SWAT team, gang unit and bike team.

"I got a lot of training there," he said.

He was also a School Resource Officer (SRO) while at Garden City.

McKenna said Schiffelbein, who went through the National Training Program for SROs, will soon become Baldwin's new SRO.

"Greg is going to provide us an opportunity to continue with the SRO program and continue the success of it," he said. "We feel very fortunate to have him become a member of our department."

Schiffelbein has a 16-year-old daughter, an 11-year-old son and a 5-year-old daughter. His wife is an elementary school teacher in Eudora.

He said he was looking forward to working in Baldwin.

"We always came through Baldwin, and I thought it was a very nice town," he said.

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