CAPTAIN OF PATROL
Captain James A. Veeser has been a member of the Sheboygan Police Department since February, 1992. Prior to his employment with the Sheboygan Police Department, he was a Deputy Sheriff with the Calumet County Sheriff’s Department. Veeser acquired his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1989. In May, 2000, he obtained his Masters of Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with an emphasis in Local Government.
Veeser, as a Patrol Officer, was a member of the Emergency Response Team, Gang Suppression Unit, a Field Training Officer, and a Bike Patrol officer. In 1996, he was assigned to the Sheboygan County MEG Unit as a Narcotics Investigator. Veeser worked closely with local, state and federal law enforcement combating narcotic crimes. In 2000, Veeser was promoted to Sergeant of Patrol and served on second and third shift. In 2002, Veeser was promoted to Lieutenant of Patrol and served as direct supervisor of the Sheboygan Police K-9 Unit and the newly designed Sheboygan Police Street Crimes Unit.
In 2008, Veeser was promoted to Captain of the Criminal Investigation Division. He oversaw the Detectives Division, School Resource Officers, and oversaw supervision of the Sheboygan County MEG Unit along with the Evidence/Property Unit. Captain Veeser has established close working relationships with various federal law enforcement agencies, D.O.C. Probation and Parole, Department of Social Services along with area retail security. The Division handled homicide, robbery, burglary, sexual assaults, assaults, arson and financial crimes. While in this position, Captain Veeser worked closely with community stakeholders to establish the Sheboygan County Service Providers. This group has been highly involved in directing attention to the prescription drug and heroin issue within Sheboygan County. The efforts led to educating many members of Sheboygan County on the present state of affairs along with initiating change on how the community could approach the addiction problem.
In 2010, Captain Veeser attended the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He is a graduate of NA Class 242 which is accredited through the University of Virginia.
In September 2014, Captain Veeser was placed in charge of the Patrol Division. He currently supervises police operations provided by uniformed officers and the special units within the police department. The focus of the Patrol Division continues to be establishing a positive connection to the community while providing top-notch police services.
He lives in Sheboygan with his wife and three daughters.
CAPTAIN OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION
Captain Kurt Brasser has been a member of the Sheboygan Police Department since 1990, serving as a patrol officer until 1999 on both afternoon and night shift. During that time, Brasser served on the Emergency Response Team as an operator, sniper, and team leader. He also worked as a DARE Instructor, Field Training Officer, Bike Patrol Officer, and was a member of the Crime Scene Reconstruction Team. In 1999, Brasser was assigned as an Investigator with the Sheboygan County MEG Unit, conducting drug investigations and undercover operations county wide. The MEG Unit serves as Sheboygan County’s multi-jurisdictional drug task force made up of officers from various Sheboygan County agencies.
In 2005, Brasser was promoted to Lieutenant, assigned to supervise the Sheboygan County MEG Unit. In 2005, he attended the DEA Drug Unit Commander’s Academy in Quantico, Virginia. In 2012, he was re-assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division as a supervisor.
Brasser was then promoted to Captain of the Criminal Investigation Division in July of 2014, overseeing the Sheboygan County MEG Unit, Detectives, Evidence/Property Unit, and School Resource Officers. The Division handles homicides, robbery, burglary, sexual assaults, arson, financial, and other significant crimes.
Brasser is a 2012 graduate of the University of Oshkosh and holds a BS in Criminal Justice. He is also a 2010 graduate of the Executive Management Program through Northwestern University. In 2013, Captain Brasser attended the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville and graduated from the 129th Administrative Officers Course. This graduate level course focuses on the efficiency and effectiveness of various police practices and strategies utilized in modern policing. Captain Brasser is married with one daughter.
CAPTAIN of ADMINISTRATION
Prior to starting his career law enforcement, Captain Cobb graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 1992 and holds a BA in Criminal Justice.Captain Cobb began his law enforcement career as a police officer for the Village of Lake Delton in 1992, and came to the Sheboygan Police Department in 1993.
From 1993 through 2001, Cobb served as a patrol officer on the afternoon and evening shifts and was assigned to the SPD Emergency Response Team. Cobb became a police supervisor in August of 2001 with his promotion to Sergeant-Field Supervisor. In January, 2004, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Assistant Shift Commander. In January, 2008, he was promoted to Captain-Shift Commander.
In August, 2009, Captain Cobb was reassigned as the Captain of the Patrol Division. Here, he supervised the police operations provided by the patrol division and the special units within Police Department. He also supervised the administration of several traffic safety grants that fund specialized police patrols. During the Spring Semester of 2011, Captain Cobb attended the University of Louisville, Southern Police Institute Administrative Officers Course. The philosophy of this course is the measurement of effectiveness and efficiency in police practice. Captain Cobb has implemented several initiatives that emphasize neighborhood based, problem oriented policing strategies that rely on crime prevention and community engagement as the hallmarks of success. Additionally, Captain Cobb has administered the implementation of two major operational software systems that directly impact the delivery of Police Services.
In 2014, Captain Cobb was assigned to the position of Administrative Captain. Captain Cobb lives in the City of Sheboygan with his wife and family.
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT / OFFICE SUPERVISOR
Paula Haelfrisch was hired as a Clerk Typist I on March 16, 1987. On June 14, 1991, Paula was promoted to the position of Confidential Secretary. On July 10, 2006, she was awarded the position of Administrative Assistant/Confidential Secretary to the Chief of Police. On January 1, 2008, due to downsizing, Paula took on the additional duties of the Office Supervisor, supervising our Records Division which consists of seven (7) full-time employees.
Paula has lead the department in the conversion to a new dictation and records management system and is instrumental in the development and execution of the Department’s yearly budget.
Paula has been an active member of LEAP (Law Enforcement Administrative Professionals) for 11 years. She has attended various courses at Lakeshore Technical College, Fox Valley Technical College, and CVMIC (Cities and Villages Mutual Insurance Company). In January, 2007, she achieved the Highest Award for Achievement from the Dale Carnegie Course.
Paula is currently married to her husband, Jim, and has three step-children.