A former Rockford High School quarterback, Joshua Brozek, has put on a new uniform — the dark navy color of the West Hennepin Public Safety (WHPS) police department.
In a team effort, his parents Brad Brozek and Becky Johnson pinned his new badge 112 on his chest after he took his oath of office Tuesday, June 11, at Independence City Hall. The swearing in ceremony took place at a joint meeting of the Independence and Maple Plain City Councils, whose cities are served by WHPS.
Looking on was another newly sworn in officer, Russell O’Fallon, who has served with WHPS for two months.
WHPS Director Ray McCoy said his department last year did some long range planning and decided to hire two new officers. One of them would replace Sgt. Todd Boelter, who retired about a month ago. The other new face would fill an open position. The new officers, Brozek and O’Fallon, had competition for their new jobs from 137 other applicants. After the field was narrowed to 15 candidates, Brozek and O’Fallon made the cut and rose to the top.
During the search process, McCoy discovered some things that Brozek failed to mention — his starting quarterback career at Rockford High School and his college scholarship for North Dakota.
“He is very humble,” McCoy said. “He didn’t mention these qualities where he exhibited a lot of leadership.”
After graduating from Rockford, Brozek studied law enforcement for two years at Alexandria Technical and Community College. Charles Olson, one of his teachers, has had a 38 year career in law enforcement — 25 of them as a practitioner and 13 as an instructor. Olson said in his recommendation of Brozek to WHPS that he is “by far one of the top 10 law enforcement students that I have the pleasure to have taught.”