Sheriff scholarship

Tristan Boehm of Windsor, a Lake Land student, headed to the U of I is earned a $500 scholarship from the Illinois Sheriff’s Association, delivered to him by Shelby County Sheriff Don Koonce.

The Annual Illinois Sheriff’s Association (ISA) Scholarship was won by Tristan Boehm of Windsor, who is headed for the University of Illinois.

The monetary award is $500. The ISA was to award over 100 scholarships throughout the State of Illinois to students wishing to pursue higher education during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Boehm is a graduate of Windsor, High School and has competed two years at Lake Land College. Boehm is studying Technological Systems Management, specializing in Agricultural Engineering Principles. He wants to work with producers to improve Ag systems.

Boehm applied for the scholarship and wrote a winning essay.

The essay questions was...”Over the last few years law enforcement, especially Sheriff’s offices, have experienced a decline in applicants for job of police officer. How do we as Sheriff’s increase the number of applicants from the youth of today?”

Boehm’s essay focused on how technological advancements could draw prospective officers.

“The youth of today are highly competitive and adept with technology that continues to advance at a high rate. In order to provide an attractive job market the Sheriff’s office may develop new positions that utilize these technological advancements, as well as filling voids in conventional law enforcement personnel.”

Boehm wrote that a focus on technology might attract applicants with a wider array of skills.

Boehm acknowledged the peculiar challenges of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office.

“Our local Sheriff’s department covers 782 square miles with few deputies on duty and correctional staff maintaining facilities for both men and women.”

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