Manitowoc Noon Rotary Officer of the Year

Officer Peter McGinty

We would like to congratulate Officer Peter F. McGinty for being nominated and selected as the Manitowoc Police Department’s 2018 Noon Rotary Officer of the Year!

Officer McGinty has been with our police department since June 2016 and had been working the midnight shift.  In October 2017 he was assigned as an investigator at Metro Drug.  Officer McGinty came to our department with nearly 20 years of law enforcement experience and specialized in investigations and drug related crimes.

In the nomination letter written by his supervisors, Officer McGinty was recognized as a “team” player who is ALWAYS willing to do what it takes to get the job done!!  Because of his vast experience and pleasant and friendly demeanor his coworkers are more than comfortable approaching him for advice or his opinion on incidents they are handling.  Officer McGinty also took the time to pass on his knowledge to newer officers by mentoring and training them on how to do “proactive policing” including such things as drug intelligence, writing search warrants and the execution of those warrants.  This type of leadership was a tremendous asset to the third shift patrol team as well as the Manitowoc Police Department as a whole!!  We would also like to recognize Lt. Mark Schroeder, Detective Erik Kowalski and Officer John Musial who, based on their excellent performance over the past year, were also nominated for this distinguished award.


Manitowoc Eagles Club Officer of the Year

Officer Cooper Schmidt

The Manitowoc Police Department is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2018 Eagles Club Officer of the Year Award is Officer Cooper Schmidt. Officer Schmidt has served on the Manitowoc Police Department since October 2016 and has been assigned to second shift patrol. However, before Officer Schmidt was hired by the department as a patrol officer he was already a part of our family. In 2012, he was a member of the Manitowoc Police Department’s Citizen’s Academy while still attending high school. He interned with our department and volunteered to be “McGruff” for several D.A.R.E. events, parades, Crime Prevention days and National Night Out events. He went on to obtain a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh and successfully completed his recruit academy training at Fox Valley Technical College.

In Officer Schmidt’s nomination letters it indicated that even though he has only been with our department a short time, because of his hard work ethic, he has already gained the respect of not only everyone on second shift but the department as a whole. Officer Schmidt is never satisfied with just an eight hour shift….he takes it upon himself to volunteer his time and efforts throughout our community. Officer Schmidt is a kind hearted individual who wants only the best for his community. He is a role model in both the Manitowoc Community and a shining example for other officers on our department.

Officer Schmidt has had an immediate positive impact on many lives within our city. He has either spearheaded or has been involved in numerous programs including such things as “Stuff the Squad” Food Drive, Shop with a Cop, 4K Reading Initiative at the YMCA, Southfield Townhouse Luncheon Program, Citizen’s Academy, Explorer’s Program, Executive Board member for both the “Hope House” and “Southfield Townhouses”, along with assisting with fundraising efforts for the Pinecrest Historical Village and our own K-9 program. In addition, Officer Schmidt was also able to secure a grant for 20 bicycles which were donated to the Waypost Camp in Hatley, WI which is a camp for children….many of who visit from the Southfield Townhouse Community.

Officer Schmidt has exhibited extraordinary enthusiasm and care for his community and is certainly someone who is doing the right things, the right way, for the right reasons!! Congratulations once again to Officer Cooper Schmidt!!