New police officer keeps it all in the family

No stranger to law enforcement, Laurie Schulze never really thinks about that she will work in the same department as her husband.

Schulze, the Craig Police Depart-ment's most recent hire, previously has worked in Moffat County Public Safety Center that encompasses local, county and state law enforcement. During that time, it wasn't uncommon to randomly spot her husband, Cpl. Dusty Schulze, on the job.

Now, Laurie and Dusty Schulze make the first husband-and-wife team on the Craig Police Department.

"Sometimes I forget that we work in the same department," she said.

Schulze has filled in as a volunteer reserve officer for the force for the past year. That requires at least 10 hours of training a month, including ride-alongs with officers and education on handling a handgun.

Schulze has worked for the Moffat County Sheriff's Office and with the Grand, Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Agency. Monday was her last day as a suspension supervisor for the Moffat County High School.

Police Chief Walt Vannata said the police-officer position was first opened up to reserves, of which the department had two. Laurie replaces Officer Dale Secules, who served on the department for three years, Vanatta said.

"He was a very good traffic cop and exceptional in community policing," Vanatta said of Secules.

Schulze must undergo 12 weeks of training by three training officers to be completed during work hours, he said.

"I think she'll do well," Vanatta said.

Schulze said she mostly is looking forward to working with the community, especially children.

"I enjoy community relations, specifically with the kids," she said. "I'll really enjoy being out on the street with them and maintaining positive relationships.

"I hope there can still be a lot of contact and I can carry that through."

Amy Hatten can be reached at 824-7031 or ahatten@craigdailypress.com

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