By STEVE RUNDIO, La Crosse Tribune
SPARTA, Wis. (AP) — Ben Schock and his son, Reese, have both wanted to pursue careers in law enforcement since they were young children.
Earlier this month, their dreams came true. The same day. In the same law enforcement agency.
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office swore in its two new officers during a ceremony at the Monroe County Justice Center. Ben Schock joins the sheriff’s office as a transportation officer, and Reese Schock begins his career as a jailer.
“I think that’s pretty cool,” Reese Schock said.
Reese Schock, 18, a graduate of Sparta High School, makes law enforcement his first career stop. For Ben Schock, the journey was much longer. He spent most of his childhood in Oregon and helped run a business until he completed law enforcement training at Pioneer Pacific College in 2009.
After that, it was another decade before Ben Schock got his first job in law enforcement, when he was hired by Monroe County as a 911 dispatcher. He said the timeline of his career path factored in his wife and four children, La Crosse Tribune reported.
“The kids were much younger back then,” he said. “Now it’s time to do what I’ve always dreamed of doing.”
Ben Schock said he looks forward to his work as it gives him a chance to interact with the public. He said it was important to treat everyone with respect, regardless of their criminal history.
“They’re still people,” Ben Schock said. “They are going to have good days and bad days, just like we have good days and bad days. You have to listen to their frustrations and show empathy.
Reese Schock wants to make law enforcement his lifelong calling. He said becoming a jailer “is a good stepping stone to where I want to go. I want to end up on the road as a sheriff’s deputy.
Ben Schock said his son’s “willingness to listen to people and his compassion” will stand him in good stead in law enforcement.
“He wants to help people,” he said. “If he keeps doing what he’s doing, he’ll be fine.”
Ben Schock is married with four children, and the whole family attended the ceremony, including his mother, Cindy Schock.
“We are thrilled,” said Cindy Schock. “We’ve had family members who have had trouble with the law, and that hasn’t deterred (Ben and Reese) from enforcing the law. Now they want to help people like that.
Ben Schock said it “meant the world” to share the swearing-in ceremony with his family.
“I was proud to see (Reese) take the next step in what he wants to do,” he said. “It’s been a dream of my life, and for (Reese) to follow in the same footsteps that I want to follow is important.”
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