, Town of Menasha Police Department Community Liaison Officer, has been named the recipient of the Fox Valley Technical College 2014 Outstanding Alumni Award!
Jason earned an associate degree in Police Science in 1990 with continued training in FVTC’s Law Enforcement Academy. After completing his degree, he began his 24-plus year career with the Town of Menasha Police Department where he has been an instrumental part of many great initiatives.
In 2000, Jason received a Chief’s Commendation for establishing an evidence technician program at the Department, along with his exemplary work on several high-profile cases.
Jason researched and developed a chronic nuisance abatement ordinance and program, and then assisted many Wisconsin communities in developing their own programs. This problem-oriented policing project called “Operation Sweep - Reducing Chronic Nuisance Activity” was awarded as a Finalist for the Sir Robert Peel Award in the Wisconsin Association of Community Oriented Police in 2009.
In 2010, Jason was awarded the “Wisconsin Law Enforcement Partner of the Year” from the Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Prevention Resources, and the “Wisconsin Crime Prevention Practitioner of the Year” by the Wisconsin Crime Prevention Practitioners Association.
Jason initiated a coalition that developed a pharmaceutical abuse prevention toolkit called “Good Drugs Gone Bad.” He then presented at seminars and distributed the toolkit to over 3,000 people in healthcare, law enforcement, and education fields in the Midwest and New England states. This program was one of nine that was highlighted at the 2011 SAMHSA Service to Science Academy.
In 2012, Jason co-produced three public service announcements on prescription drug abuse that have aired on local television and in movie theaters. He also co-produced a 55-minute film on teen prescription drug abuse called, “Ten Forty-Eight,” and that film was distributed to schools and libraries throughout Wisconsin in 2013.
In addition to his many professional accomplishments, Jason serves on several boards and volunteers for many associations and community projects, including roles as a den leader and youth football coach. Jason has also authored two books: Bridging the Past with the Future – Town of Menasha Sesquicentennial (2005); and A Village with a Future – Kimberly Centennial (2010). As a result of these two books, Jason was awarded the “Historian of the Year” award by the Outagamie County Historical Society in 2011.
This annual award recognizes an FVTC graduate who has demonstrated the value of technical education through career advancement, community service, continued personal and education growth, and support of the technical college system.