A senior officer with the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department and long-time instructor at Chippewa Valley Technical College has been honored as state Law Enforcement Training Officers Association Trainer of the Year. Captain Mike Tietz received the award at the organization’s annual conference Sept. 12-14.
Tietz has been a law enforcement trainer for more than three decades. At the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department, he is involved in all aspects of department training, including creation and oversight of the field training officer program, evidence collection and management, and the new reserve officer programs.
A late-70s graduate of the CVTC law enforcement recruit academy himself, Tietz has been on staff at CVTC for over 20 years, where he is a senior instructor and a leader in Vehicle Contacts, Pro Comm, and other critical police training areas. He also completed CVTC’s Supervisory Management associate degree program in 2000. Tietz has worked at over 75 law enforcement academies at CVTC.
“I have had the privilege of working with Mike on a one-on-one basis, and he is one of the most knowledgeable and engaging instructors I know,” said Deb Marsolek, protective services instructor with CVTC. “I look up to Mike and value the input he provides in helping me become better as a trainer.”
For the past two years, Tietz has been logistics officer for the CVTC recruit classes, providing pre-and post-event briefings for the students. Tietz has also served as a tactical instructor at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, Northwest Technical College, and for the state Department of Justice Training and Standards Bureau.
“Mike is truly an example of a team player,” said Marsolek. “I am amazed by his professionalism and the hard work he shows.”