Two new officers join Worthington police force
WORTHINGTON — Tyler Olson and Dan Brouillet recently joined the Worthington Police Department. Olson recently completed the field training officer (FTO) program, and Brouillet is nearly done with it.
“It’s good to have them both on the department,” Worthington Police Chief Mike Cumiskey said. “They are young and energetic and are both very thorough, and I’ve been pleased with their work so far.”
Olson, the son of Greg and Sheila Olson of Round Lake, started working at the department in March and finished FTO within seven weeks.
“I worked for the county for a year and a half part-time and then came over to the city in March, so I basically went through FTO twice,” he explained. “But they are different departments and have different ways of doing stuff.”
A 2009 graduate of Round Lake-Brewster, Olson initially didn’t consider a career as a police officer. An avid outdoorsman, Olson first wanted to become a game warden with the DNR. While looking into the profession, he found that people with a background in law enforcement tend to be more likely to be hired by the DNR. He then began pursuing an education in law enforcement at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, and graduated in 2011.
“When I started school,” Olson said, “I loved it and decided I’d rather be a police officer than work for the DNR.”
Moving to the Worthington Police Department and its full-time position was an easy decision for Olson.
“The city of Worthington department is a little bigger and there is a little more room for advancement and to move around — there are more opportunities to do different things in the department,” he said.
Olson said he was glad to be able to remain in southwest Minnesota.
“I always wanted to stay and work here,” he said. “I always wanted to work for the city and the county, and now I’ve worked for both.”
“I enjoy going to work every day,” he added. “I don’t struggle to put on the uniform and go to work when I enjoy going to work so much.”
Cumiskey said the department was glad to be able to hire Olson.
“Tyler is originally from the area, and we like to be able to hire people that are going to try to be here for a long period of time,” he said.
Originally from Princeton, Brouillet’s decision to become a police officer was influenced by his high school liaison officer.
“He taught me a lot of different things, and I thought it was a neat and respectful career to go into,” Brouillet said.
Prior to coming to Worthington, Brouillet worked for the St. Cloud Police Department as part of its support staff.
“I got a lot of education on the paper side — learning about the courts and how everything falls into place after a person is arrested,” he said. “It gave me the perspective of seeing the other side, not just the action that happens on the streets, but everything that comes together and goes before the courts and trials.”
Brouillet may have learned a lot in St. Cloud, but he’s looking forward to his new position with the Worthington Police Department.
“It’s going to be less pushing papers and more getting out there and interacting with people,” he said with a laugh.
As Brouillet nears the end of his FTO, Cumiskey said the department was glad to welcome him to the team.
“Dan came highly recommended by a former officer of ours,” he added.
After spending more than a month in southwest Minnesota, Brouillet has noticed many differences between the Worthington and St. Cloud.
“I’m learning about the city, the people and getting to know how the lay of the land is down here and how things work,” he said.
Daily Globe Reporter
Alyson Buschena may be reached at 376-7322.