By Tim Kowols
Every county has at least one, but Kewaunee County, in particular, appreciates the role the Wisconsin State Patrol has in their area. Trooper Logan Christel recently took over the Kewaunee County post from Trooper Bryan Ashenbrenner, who was reassigned to Manitowoc County earlier this year. With the limitations, a small department has when it comes to traffic enforcement and investigative work, Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski appreciates the role Christel and the Wisconsin State Patrol provide for the area.
In addition to enforcing traffic and criminal laws, the Wisconsin State Patrol also helps motorists in need, inspects trucks, school buses, and ambulances, and assists local law enforcement in times of heavy need. You can read the rest of Sheriff Matt Joski's Sheriff's Corner online with this story.
In keeping our communities safe, the Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department relies on a close relationship with many other local, state and federal agencies.
On a daily basis we interact and support our local law enforcement agencies within our county through mutual aid requests, sharing of resources and combined training events. In a time of concern over budget limitations and an ever-increasing demand on the services we provide, there is no room for territorial pride or agency exclusion.
The Wisconsin State Patrol is one of the organizations that we work very closely with and rely upon for the unique skill set and resources they are able to bring to the table.
For the past few years we have been fortunate to have Trooper Bryan Ashenbrenner as our assigned state patrol officer for Kewaunee County. Recently Ashenbrenner was assigned to Manitowoc County, which has resulted in Kewaunee County being assigned a new state patrol officer.
Our newly assigned trooper's name is Logan Christel. We welcome Trooper Christel's presence here in our county and appreciate the focus that he brings to our local traffic enforcement.
While the deputies and officers of county law enforcement do write traffic tickets and repair notices for defective equipment, we also respond to many calls for service and are involved in investigative work as follow-up to those calls, which limits our ability to provide the attention to traffic law that is paramount in maintaining safety on our roadways.
Due to the fact that many times we cannot provide a consistent and sustained focus on traffic law, the continued presence of a resource which can focus their attention on speed, failure to yield right of way, failure to stop at a stop sign and the many other traffic laws is a welcome addition to our law enforcement team.
In addition to traffic law, Christel also brings with him a wealth of knowledge on motor vehicle code, which will bring additional attention to issues such as tinted windows, defective exhaust systems and the many other vehicle equipment code statutes which we must all abide by.
We are very fortunate and grateful to have Trooper Christel as part of our law enforcement family and he has our full support in all that he does to keep our roads safe.
I have had the opportunity to visit with Logan, and I am impressed with his approach to law enforcement and his appreciation for the type of community policing that is the foundation of our local law enforcement mission. Welcome to Kewaunee County, Logan!