Community service

Cook County Sheriff’s Department Shares Community Service Officer Internship Successes

Cook County welcomed a new face to the sheriff’s department this summer.

A Community Services Officer (CSO), Logan Wehner, was hired through a probationary program with the Cook County Sheriff’s Department.

Wehner is currently pursuing a career in law enforcement at Winona State University. The CSO opportunity was developed to fit a seasonal contract position with the City of Grand Marais that the Sheriff’s Department was having difficulty securing.

A CSO is responsible for various unauthorized functions such as parking tickets, dog complaints, minor traffic violations or public events. Wehner described the CSO position as a stepping stone as he pursues his education. A CSO does not carry a weapon and does not have the power to arrest anyone.

Cook County Sheriff Pat Eliasen told WTIP he was happy with the internship program and that Wehner had done a great job. Although Eliasen said there were still a few issues to work out with the program, overall it was a great success.

He said: “I couldn’t be happier with how it’s going right now. And I think a lot of people would feel the same way about that.

Unfortunately, Wehner completes his internship and returns to Winona, Minnesota, before the next fishermen’s picnic.

Wehner told WTIP he has enjoyed his time in Cook County so far. He said, “It’s beautiful here, and it keeps you busy. He added: “Everyone has been great. There hasn’t been a day that I haven’t wanted to work. »

Eliasen said the sheriff’s department was interested in offering the internship again next summer to an aspiring law enforcement student. He also noted that he would do his best to change the contract dates so the next CSO doesn’t have to miss Fisherman’s.

WTIP’s Kalli Hawkins spoke with CSO Logan Wehner and Cook County Sheriff Pat Eliasen to learn more about the law enforcement internship. The audio of the interview is below.