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Jacobson joins NHPD

Officer Jason Jacobson is the newest member of the North Hudson Police Department. He was hired earlier this year to fill a vacancy on the force and has recently completed the required on-the-job training.

Jacobson, 24, is a native of Chippewa Falls and has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from UW-Platteville. His minor was in psychology. He is also graduated from the Platteville Policy Academy.

Prior to filling a vacancy at the NHPD, Jacobson worked for the Augusta Police Department and part time for departments in Fall Creek and Fairchild.

Jacobson said when he entered college he intended to become a mechanical engineer. "But I have an uncle who is a lieutenant with the Chippewa Falls police. I grew up very interested in what he did, but when I went on a few ride-alongs with him once I was in college and after that, I knew that police work was what I wanted to do."

Jacobson said the best part of being a police officer is the day-to-day contact with the people in the community and the fact that no two days are ever the same. "You can run the gamut of things on any given day in this job. Some days you might not get a call, other times you're busy all day and then some. I like the unpredictability of it."

Jacobson said he already feels comfortable in North Hudson and likes the community because it still is a small town. "I like the fact that people feel comfortable coming up and talking with their police officers, interacting with them. I know you might get more experience with bigger cases in a bigger city but I like working here where you can really get to know the people and the town."

Jacobson said too often people have a negative reaction to police officers. "We're not out there just to arrest people or cite. The whole point of what we do is to help people, prevent bad things from happening. That's how we spend the majority of our time."

Jacobson said he plans on making a career in law enforcement and would someday like to teach in a criminal justice program.

Jacobson is single and lives in Hudson. When he's not working, he spends his time hunting and fishing.

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Meg Heaton

Meg Heaton has been a reporter with the Hudson Star Observer since 1990. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and Native American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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