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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • Sue Schwab celebrates 25 years in law enforcement in the Lake Region

  • Although Sue Schwab is celebrating 25 years serving the Devils Lake community as a peace officer, her enthusiasm for the job remains intact.

     


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  • Although Sue Schwab is celebrating 25 years serving the Devils Lake community as a peace officer, her enthusiasm for the job remains intact.
    Now a detective, Schwab enjoys nothing better than when they get a good resolution, everything comes together and a case is solved.
    The Oslo, Minn. native came to Devils Lake in 1987 with about a year’s experience in law enforcement in Grand Forks and Rugby. Her initial training had been received in Thief River Falls.
    She says her job can get intense at times, especially when investigating a homicide. “We’ve had a fair amount of homicides and I have helped investigate three or four of them,” she explained.
    The best part for Schwab is the interagency cooperation that they have here in Devils Lake on the tough cases, where the police and Sheriff’s Office and BCI (Bureau of Criminal Investigation) all work together gathering evidence and interviewing witnesses.
    She’s grateful for the training she has received through the years and says that she still enjoys her job even after 25 years. “We keep busy here,” she says, “and it’s always changing, there are many facets to my work. It’s a good profession.”
    When asked if she has seen many changes in crime since she first came she said there has been a rise in child abuse cases  but she’s uncertain if that’s because there is more awareness, better reporting and more mandated reporting than there used to be. Those can really be tough cases, though, she admits.
    Schwab is married to Rick and they have two sons ages 19 and 17.
    In her spare time she enjoys singing with the group River Road, kayaking and doing Zumba. She enjoys staying fit and active.
    She did share one frightening moment that happened to her when she was just a newbie, a reserve officer with the force in Devils Lake. “An individual with a weapon was wandering around the community threatening to shoot anyone from law enforcement he saw. I was hiding and he walked right past me and didn’t see me,” she recalled. “I wondered then what I had gotten myself into.”
     

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