Troy VanDusen Bio

Troy VanDusenSergeant Troy VanDusen was born and raised in Sterling, Colorado. In 1989 he moved to Watertown, SD where he graduated from Watertown Senior High School in 1991. He began his law Enforcement career in 1994 when he joined the Watertown Police Department's Police Reserve program. In 1996, Troy left his career as a radio broadcaster and joined the Watertown Police Department as a communications officer. In 1997, Troy accepted a position as a police patrol officer. He graduated from the Law Enforcement Training Academy in Pierre later that year. As a patrol officer Troy was instrumental in establishing the department's police explorer program and was the program advisor from 1997 to 2007. This program has proven valuable to the department and remains in existence today.
In 2000, VanDusen was assigned to the position of Detective until he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2002. Troy currently holds the rank of Patrol Sergeant. In 2008, VanDusen became a Police Service Dog handler (Turk) and performed those duties until 2012.
He is one of two Public Information Officers for the department and sits on both the Budget Committee and Policy Committee. He is also active as a Advanced DUI Detection and Apprehension Instructor, Crisis Negotiator for the SWAT Team and Bike Patrol Team Leader.
Sergeant VanDusen holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Management from National American University, a diploma in General Law Enforcement from the Police Sciences Institute and is a graduate of the 248th Session of the FBI's National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He is also a graduate of the National Institute of Justice Rural Law Enforcement Technology Institute. Troy and his wife Carol have two daughters, Megan and Lauren, all are very active in the Watertown Community.

Memberships and Associations:

•FBI National Academy Associates (2012- Present)
•Board of Directors - Watertown Resource Center (2012-Present)
•Board of Directors - AVANTI Federal Credit Union (2009-Present)
•International Association of Hostage Negotiators - IAHN - (2009- Present)
•Crisis Incident Stress Management Team -Human Service Agency (2006 - Present)
•Watertown Methamphetamine Prevention Program Task Force (2004-2005)
•The Alliance of Search K9's (TASK) - (2002-2006)
•Fraternal Order of Police - (1997- Present)

Awards / Honors

•National Registry of Who's Who in American Colleges -2010
•Friend of Youth Award - 2000 - Watertown Optimist Club
•Officer of the Year - 1999 - Veteran's of Foreign Wars
•Officer of the Year - 1999 - Watertown Police Department