Gloe will be on duty by fall
By Scott Bellile
A Waupaca County reserve deputy who has spent the last two years patrolling area events was sworn in as a New London police officer on Monday, June 29.
De Pere native Ryan Gloe has become familiar with the county, having been an active figure at the New Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Wolf River Trips and Campground, Iola Old Car Show and Wisconsin Veterans Home at King.
Gloe’s education and personality stood out among 65 applicants for the police officer position, New London Police Chief Jeff Schlueter said. And Gloe’s parents Rick and Connie both described Ryan as a social person who enjoys being out in public.
“We figured that he’d be a good fit for both the department and our community,” Schlueter said.
Ryan said helping New London will be great because the work will be different every day.
“You’re not at a desk,” Ryan said. “You’re seeing people, talking to people.”
A 2008 De Pere High School graduate, Ryan became inspired to pursue law enforcement through his high school football coach, former Brown County Chief Deputy Greg Rabas. Ryan was undecided on a college major until joining Rabas for a ride-along.
Ryan graduated from UW Oshkosh in 2012 with a degree in criminal justice. In 2013 he completed additional training through the Fox Valley Technical College Law Enforcement Recruit Academy and joined the Waupaca County Reserves.
He was a finalist for officer positions in Fox Valley Metro, Kaukauna and Waukesha. Ryan said New London’s small department will start his career positively because the city’s 17 officers get to know one another well.
“I think he got into a very good community,” Rick said. “I don’t think there’s the pressure that you get in a bigger community.”
While Ryan said he perceives alcohol and drug usage to be major problems he will encounter as a Wisconsin officer, his goal is to help change the animosity civilians feel toward law enforcement after high-profile cases such as Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri.
“One person cannot do it, but it’d be nice to get the trust back in law enforcement,” Ryan said.
Ryan said he ultimately hopes to join a SWAT unit or become a school liaison officer.
Schlueter expects Ryan to be on the streets by September once his three months of field training are completed.
Connie was happy to see her son sworn in despite some worries.
“As a mother I have some concerns but I’m extremely proud of him,” Connie said. “I think it’s an honorable profession. I give [police officers] all kinds of credit.”