PATROL STAFF

Patrol Staff


 

Officer Brandon DeJong

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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

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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 Matt Schmelzer

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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.


 

 Officer Mike Andries

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Officer Mike Andries was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, IA and graduated from Xavier High School. Mike attended Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas for two years where he played baseball. Mike then transferred to Minnesota State University-Mankato where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and continued to play baseball. Upon graduation Mike moved back to Iowa.

Officer Andries joined the Oelwein Police Department in August of 2017. He graduated from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in December of 2017 while becoming a member of the 300 point club. In his free time Mike enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, and fishing.


 

 

Officer Caleb Nyland

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Officer Caleb Nyland was born in Ogden, Utah then moved to Iowa at a young age. At age 19, Officer Nyland served as a proselyting missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Northwestern States. He started his Law Enforcement career at the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office in 2015. He graduated in the Basic Academy Class 265 from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in December of 2015. While working at Black Hawk County, Officer Nyland was a member of the Honor Guard. Officer Nyland is currently finishing his Criminal Justice Degree through Hawkeye Community College.

Officer Nyland spends his free time with his family and serving his church. Officer Nyland is excited to have a career here in Oelwein and helping the community.

 

 


 

 

Officer Nathan Craun

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Officer Nathan Craun is a 2003 graduate of Sumner High School.  Following graduation, Officer Craun joined the United States Navy.  In 2007, Officer Craun studied criminology at Upper Iowa University.  Officer Craun began his law enforcement career in 2009 as a Detention Deputy in Park County, Colorado.  In 2011, Officer Craun returned to Iowa as a patrol officer with the Sumner Police Department.  Officer Craun graduated the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in 2012 and in 2013, Officer Craun was promoted to Chief of Police for the Sumner Police Department where he continued his career until joining the Oelwein Police Department in the fall of 2018.  In his spare time, Officer Craun enjoys spending time with his family, coaching youth softball, hunting, and fishing.  Officer Craun is excited to be a part of the Oelwein Community.

 

Officer Charity Heller

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Officer Charity Heller is an Oelwein native. She attended Wings Park Elementary, Oelwein Middle School and Oelwein High School which she graduated from in May of 2011. After high school, Officer Heller worked for Full Circle Services while attending Hawkeye Community College full-time. While at Hawkeye, she was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and completed her practicum hours with the Oelwein Police Department. Officer Heller graduated from Hawkeye in the spring of 2014 with an Associate’s Degree in Police Science. In April of 2016, she was hired with the Meskwaki Nation Police Department in Tama, IA. She attended the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in Johnston, IA, graduating in July of 2016. Officer Heller worked for Meskwaki as a Patrol Officer for two years and a K9 Patrol Officer for one year. Officer Heller joined the Oelwein Police Department in April of 2019. She enjoys spending her free time with her family, traveling, working out and watching sports. Officer Heller is happy to be back in Oelwein and looks forward to giving back to the community that she grew up in.

 



Reserve Officers

Jay Perkins

Steve Vine

   

Jim Prouty

 

Michael Burkhart