Officer Brent Wesseler recently began his patrol duties as a member of the Batesville Police Department.
Maj. Brad Wessel, the assistant chief, reports, “Brent was selected after a thorough and competitive hiring process. Our process consists of a series of tests, which are mentally and physically demanding. He excelled at each one, making him the top candidate. Brent will bring energy and professionalism to our department in line with our goal to provide a high standard of public safety to the city of Batesville.”
In addition to Wessel, he joins 12 other department members: Chief Stan Holt; Lt. Danny Hamilton; Lt. Detective Blake Roope; Sgt. Chris Smith; Cpl. Ryan Metcalf; Detective Mike Manus; and Patrolmen Jamie Straber, Travis Cook, Steven Sieverding, Trevor Comer, and Ethan Back; and K-9 Jinx.
Wesseler was hired Feb. 4 and graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. He completed his field training after spending six weeks each with BPD Officers Cook, Hamilton and Metcalf.
The Batesville resident says he was interested in law enforcement because “it’s a very unique profession in how you get to help people. That’s what this profession is all about .... I was a reserve officer with the Ripley County Sheriff’s Department for two years, and that got me hooked.”
After hearing that he was selected to join the force, “I was super excited and surprised. It was a pretty intense process, and I’m sure there were a lot of other qualified candidates. I’m really proud and happy to be here.”
The 25-year-old hopes to “do my job the best I can to help the community, which has a good relationship with the police department. I want to keep that positive relationship.
“Another reason Batesville has such a great department is the training never stops. There are so many opportunities to learn something new. The more trainings you are able to participate in, the better you’ll be at handling different situations. I’m looking forward to that.”
The 2013 East Central High School graduate received an associate degree from the University of Northwestern Ohio and worked as a diesel mechanic for Crum Trucking for nearly five years.
He enjoys spending time with family and friends and being outdoors. “I like to hunt and fish, and I go to the gym all the time.”