WORTHINGTON — A new police officer has been added to the Worthington Police Department roster.

Now in his first job in law enforcement, Kyle Schreier began field training with the WPD in May. His training complete, he’s now patrolling the streets of Worthington.

“I love it here,” Schreier said of Worthington and the police department.

Schreier is on a floating shift that has him working three night shifts (6:30 p.m. to 3 a.m.), then three day shifts (12:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.) and then three days off.

The schedule can be difficult in terms of establishing a regular sleep routine, but Schreier says the rotating shift allows him to work with a different set of colleagues and experience a variety of call types.

After all, that’s what drew Schreier to a career in law enforcement in the first place.

The 2016 Murray County Central graduate initially attended construction management classes at Mankato State University. It only took one semester for him to realize that wasn’t where he was meant to be.

Having long been interested in a career in law enforcement, Schreier enrolled at Rasmussen College in Mankato, where he completed his associate’s degree in criminal justice.

“With law enforcement, it’s different every single day and you get involved in the community,” Schreier said of his attraction to the profession. “I get to help people, especially in their time of need.”

Skills training is what brought the southwest Minnesota native closer to home — and eventually to the Worthington Police Department.

Schreier completed his skills training last summer at Minnesota West Community and Technical College in Worthington . That’s where he met former WPD Sgt. Brett Wiltrout, who put in a convincing plug for the department. It worked, and so far, Schreier couldn’t be happier.

“My original plan was to go back to Slayton — be a cop in the hometown,” he said. “I love the group of people I work with — everyone’s got each other’s backs. Even higher up to the chief and captain — anything I need, they’re on top of it. They’re always trying to help you improve.”

While he’s still learning about the community, he said he’s excited to be a part of it.

As someone who continues to volunteer as an emergency medical responder on the Slayton volunteer ambulance service, Schreier hopes to obtain his emergency medical technician license and join the Worthington crew.