"The job of a police officer is like no other job. Every day is different. The feeling of helping a person in a time of need is one that cannot be described but must be experienced first hand. The law enforcement officer today is expected to do much more than the traditional duties. We are involved in community policing and working with schools, mental health, social work, education and many more hats and duties that make the job all that more interesting and challenging."
A.A.S., Fox Valley Technical College
B.S., Upper Iowa University
M.P.A., Upper Iowa University
John DuBois worked in the law enforcement field for 16 years in positions ranging from patrol officer to chief. His extensive background includes park ranger for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, police officer for several local communities, undercover narcotics investigator for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, state trooper for the Wisconsin State Patrol and police chief for the Spring Valley Police Department. John’s experience in the field provides students with first-hand knowledge of the criminal justice system, which does not necessarily come from a textbook.
Throughout his career in law enforcement, John provided training for his agencies and to other officers. In part, it was these fulfilling experiences that encouraged John to get into educating future officers. His teaching philosophy involves applying his on-the-job experience to the textbook material and encouraging students to be actively involved in class. He feels that this allows students to have a deeper understanding of the material when they can visualize it being used in the future when they are officers. In the classroom, John encourages active involvement through group work, discussions, debates and fostering an environment where students and instructor learn from each other.
In his spare time, John enjoys being outdoors as much as possible. He enjoys riding the trails on his UTV, fishing, reading and learning.