Manitowoc Noon Rotary Officer of the Year
Detective Erik Kowalski
We would like to congratulate Detective Erik Kowalski for being nominated and selected as the Manitowoc Police Department’s 2018 Noon Rotary Officer of the Year!
Detective Kowalski has been with our police department since July of 1996. He was promoted to Detective in January of 2009.
Detective Kowalski received a nomination from Captain of Detectives David Vorpahl and a separate nomination from Detective Dave McCue. Erik was recognized in his nomination letters for his personal motivation, excellent teamwork, and professionalism. Erik became the human trafficking coordinator for the Department where he continues to demonstrate patience, diligence and the ability to communicate with both victims and suspects involved in human trafficking and prostitution. Throughout the year, Detective Kowalski gave numerous presentations to the community about human trafficking for the public to gain awareness about the dangers involved and to educate people on what to look for in order to report human trafficking. He organized numerous undercover operations which resulted in over fifty (50) ordinance citations being issued, drugs being recovered, and probation violations detected. Additionally, Erik assisted in securing a $90,000 grant in which half of that funding was earmarked for human trafficking enforcement in 2018. We would also like to recognize Lt. Mark Schroeder, Officer Rick Ladwig and Officer Rebecca Schuettpelz who were also nominated for this distinguished award.
Manitowoc Eagles Club Officer of the Year
Officer Eric Schultz
The Manitowoc Police Department is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2019 Eagles Club Officer of the Year Award is Officer Eric Schultz. Officer Eric Schultz has served on the Manitowoc Police Department since July 2017 and has been assigned to second shift patrol.
Officer Schultz graduated from Marion University in 2010. He then went on and graduated from the Northwestern University Police Staff and Command College in 2016. Prior to his employment with the Manitowoc Police Department, Officer Schultz was previously employed by the Point Beach Nuclear Plant in the Operations Divisions and the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Office as a Correction’s Sergeant.
In Officer Schultz’s nomination letter it indicated even though he is relatively new to the department, he is a veteran in the field of public safety. He is always willing to help others when he can and he displays selflessness on and off duty. Officer Schultz is an advocate for children with special needs and in January of 2008 he participated in his first Polar Plunge in Green Bay, WI. The following year his team increased to 25 and the year after that, the group doubled in size.
For several years, Officer Schultz worked to get a local Polar Plunge chapter; however, he was unsuccessful. This did not stop him and he tenaciously worked to see his dream to fruition. In 2017 Officer Schultz was able to start the Winter Miracle Splash non-profit organization with proceeds going to the Miracle League of the Lakeshore and the Manitowoc County Miracles local chapter. In 2017 approximately $17,000 was donated and last year approximately $15,000 was donated.
Working with children and people with special needs is Officer Schultz’s passion, but this isn’t all he has done for the community. In 2017 he participated in the annual “Stuff the Squad” event, he has coached basketball for grade school students, and he also volunteers his time for the annual Roncalli Auction. Officer Schultz has also furthered his involvement in the community and on the Police Department by becoming a certified D.A.R.E. Officer in 2018.
Officer Schultz is a shining example of what it means to have compassion, one of the core values of the Manitowoc Police Department. He has exhibited extraordinary enthusiasm and care for his community and is certainly someone who is doing the right thing, the right way, for the right reason!! Congratulations once again to Officer Eric Schultz!!