New officer on the block
Tyler Van Roekel, a 2005 graduate of Estherville Lincoln Central High School, is the newest patrol officer with the Estherville Police Department.
He officially began his full-time duties with the department on July 16, but his first day was in February 2008 when he began part-time duties. Prior to that, he was a part of the EPD Reserves since 2006.
The son of Lynae and Dave Van Roekel of Estherville, he is also a 2007 graduate of Iowa Lakes Community College with a law enforcement criminal justice associate’s degree.
“I have always wanted to be a police office and so far I am enjoying my work in Estherville very much,” he said.
To date, Van Roekel’s experience includes traffic stops, OWIs, domestic problems, drugs, thefts, search warrants, calls for service, lots of paper work and reports. “And I’ve enjoyed it all.”
A member of Crossroads Community Church, he is also a member of the Estherville Golf and County Club.”
His employment brings the department up to full staff with 12 officers.
Van Roekel said he has always wanted to work in Estherville, his hometown. “I am looking forward to working here in Estherville and for all the residents.”
It comes as no surprise to a few in the police department that Van Roekel has succeeded in his goal of becoming an officer. As a high school student, he was a very enthusiastic participant in the Citizens Police Academy for Youth sponsored by the department.
“It has been a pleasure watching Tyler grow and mature for the last five years, from his time in the Citizens Police Academy through college and the EPD Reserves. We anticipate Tyler will be a valued and long-serving employee in this department.”