New WPD officers take oath
WORTHINGTON -- With the recent hire of two new patrol officers, the Worthington Police Department now has a full 24-member force. WPD Patrol Officers Nick Heimer and Lucky Sayveo, who started April 17 at WPD, were sworn in July 24 in front of the...
WORTHINGTON - With the recent hire of two new patrol officers, the Worthington Police Department now has a full 24-member force.
WPD Patrol Officers Nick Heimer and Lucky Sayveo, who started April 17 at WPD, were sworn in July 24 in front of the Worthington City Council.
Sayveo and Heimer completed the 12-week, in-house field training officer program at the end of June. They said their first month responding to calls unsupervised has gone well.
“We deal with going call to call for a various number of reasons,” Heimer said. “But you can also see us out playing basketball with kids - doing some more community building-type stuff.”
WPD Capt. Kevin Flynn said Heimer and Sayveo completed a fairly intense hiring process, which included three interviews.
“They rose to the top,” he said.
Flynn added that one officer fills a recently vacated spot, while the second officer fills a spot previously authorized by the city council but had remained open.
that one of the officers is filling a vacated position while the other is filling a new position, which the department was given approval for by the Worthington City Council.
“We haven’t been a 24-member force in a long time,” Flynn said. “With having a 24-hour coverage, there is definitely a need (for an extra officer).”
Originally from Rochester, Heimer said he has been getting acclimated with both the department and community.
The friendliness of both has made for a smooth transition, he added.
“It’s a small enough community that people know that I’m new and will come up to me and ask me where I’m from. That’s really nice,” he said.
Heimer earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Hamline University in St. Paul. He also completed the skills program at Alexandria Technical College.
He worked some odds and ends jobs before being hired at the WPD, which he applied to because he knew current and former officers that spoke positively of the department.
Sayveo grew up in Brewster and graduated from Worthington High School. After earning his associate degree in law enforcement from Minnesota West, he jumped into a career in law enforcement working part time as a sheriff’s deputy at the Jackson County Sheriff's Office and with the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office.
Applying for the open patrol officer position at WPD was a natural progression.
“I worked when I was going to school at the county jail for two years, so that helps a lot and I know the people,” Sayveo said.
Sayveo continues to work part time for Nobles County, providing courtroom security.