Protective Services is the
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point’s law enforcement branch that focuses on
the safety and protection of students and faculty, as well as the Stevens Point
community as a whole.
Along with providing emergency assistance and other services around campus,
Protective Services is an important asset for UWSP students pursuing a career
in law enforcement-related fields.
Ryan Schwobe, a senior philosophy major, has been working for Protective
Services for three semesters as a student services cadet. His responsibilities
include working the dispatch, operating Campus Cab and patrolling campus.
Schwobe said that working for Protective Services has helped prepare him for a
career as a multi-cultural diversity director.
“It was a job at the time, but I wanted to work with people so it allowed me to
do that,” Schwobe said. “You get to know a lot of different types of people
from the community by having random conversations with people you’ve never met
before. I really like that.”
Junior resource management: environmental law enforcement major Mike VanOfferen
has been working for Protective Services as a student services officer for one
and a half semesters and agreed with Schwobe that the job of a cadet will help
him in his eventual job as a natural park ranger.
“I learned a lot from this job. How to contact people and how to take a hold of
a situation and keep people calm and nice and organized while we’re still talking
to them,” VanOfferen said.
Senior Ethan Purkapile, who has been working for Protective Services for a year
and half, said that he believed his job as a cadet would be very important in
preparing him for a career working in abnormal psychology and mental health
“I really enjoy getting to learn from the law enforcement agents on staff so I
can learn what to do, such as basic ways to go about speaking to people and
portraying the department in a positive light,” Purkapile said. “In police work
you really do a bunch of everything, all relating to different types of people.
Our campus is relatively diverse. It’s good to know people’s living issues.”
Sarah McQueen, who has worked for Protective Services for almost two years,
said that her job as a cadet will help her utilize her three degrees in
English, communication and international studies. McQueen hopes to use her
experience at UWSP and her job as a cadet to prepare for a job as a foreign
correspondent journalist working in combat areas.
“I learned how to de-escalate a situation and bring the anxiety down. We have
to be extremely flexible in dealing with different situations and be able to
think on our feet,” McQueen said.
All four students cited working with the Stevens Point community and
interacting with the UWSP students and faculty as the biggest perks of working
for Protective Services.