EATON — The City of Eaton has a new full-time officer to fill the void left by veteran officer Dale Haney.
Officer Lucas Schlumpf has been working for the Eaton Police Department in a part-time capacity since August 2015. He was one of thirty plus people to put their applications in for Haney’s vacancy. After a rigorous selection process, Schlumpf’s first full day was on March 16.
He was born in Pittsburgh, but moved to North Carolina when he was 10 years old. He moved to Ohio for college, where he attended Sinclair. Six years ago he opened his own business in Troy named The Olive Oasis, which is an olive oil and balsamic store. Three years ago he made the decision to go through the police academy.
He added, “I loved every second of it.”
As for the decision to pursue law enforcement, Schlumpf said, “My entire family has been law enforcement or military. I always wanted to go into law enforcement or military. With me owning my own business, I thought that law enforcement is probably the right route for me, instead of completely dropping the business. With law enforcement I can at least still be around for that.”
His olive oil store is still open and now he has to balance being a business owner and a full-time police officer.
“It’s stressful at times, but law enforcement is pretty stressful on its own so I’m used to that,” he said. “I have great employees at the store, so it’s nice not to worry about the store every day and let it run itself. My 100 percent main focus is law enforcement, but it’s nice to be a part of another community as well and try to benefit both communities.”
He added, he loves the olive oil industry and that being a part of the community in Troy changed his life “both professionally and personally,” but he never intended to do that as a career.
“Law enforcement is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life and make a career out of it,” he explained. “Of course I make an impact with the small business economically, but in law enforcement you can definitely make a difference in individual lives. I think I can make a bigger impact through law enforcement.”
He went through his first full-time rotation this past week. “It went a lot better than I thought it was going to,” he said. “We got some drugs off the street, which is nice. I’m not as tired as I thought I was going to be. I’ve always worked two or three days a week for the past two years, but that full five days, eight hour shifts went a lot better than I thought it was going to be.”
Now that he’s working full-time instead of part-time, he believes the can build more of a rapport with people in the department and people in the city. In this position, he intends to focus on the drug issue.
“My main thing right now is drug interdiction. Trying to make a big difference with the drug problem in Eaton. I know a lot of people want that, so that’s my main thing. Of course, we follow up on every single call, but drug interdiction is going to be my specialty, I feel like,” he said.
He enjoys being an Eaton police officer and he is excited to get to know the city better. “This department is a very close-knit, well-trained group of people,” he added. “Luckily enough, I’ve worked with every officer in this department, and I love working with every officer. You know every shift, you have someone who has your back. In law enforcement that’s huge.
“Eaton is such a cool town, it has so much history. It has the corporate side of it, it has the downtown historical part. It’s just a very well rounded place to work. I feel like I can get a lot of experience here.”
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