On December 21, 2021 the Menomonie Police Department said goodbye to one of our finest officers - Officer Jeremy Wilterdink. Officer Wilterdink retired from the MPD after serving for over twenty years in law enforcement, with the last fifteen years as an officer with the MPD.
To say that Officer Wilterdink had an impact on the department and the community he served would be an understatement. He was instrumental in the growth of the MPD's computer forensic lab. His work in the lab led to the incarceration of a myriad of predators in and around the Menomonie area. Due to Officer Wilterdink's knowledge and skills as a computer forensic expert he served as a role model and mentor for other aspiring computer forensic investigators.
In addition to his skills as a computer forensic expert, he served as a well-respected State of Wisconsin emergency vehicle operations instructor. As a state instructor he taught essential driving skills to both aspiring officers and veterans alike.
To build on the theme of Officer Wilterdink being a man dedicated to helping others he was responsible for field training two generations of officers at the MPD. His ability to synthesize modern technological strategies with traditional policing practices helped give new officers the foundation they needed to be successful police officers.
Furthermore, Officer Wilterdink wasn't just a great police officer - he is an even better person. He volunteers time for his church and helps children in need acquire school supplies or have a few presents for Christmas.
Officer Wilterdink is retiring to pursue a new professional opportunity and we wish him all the best in his future endeavor. Thank you for your dedicated service. You will be missed by your MPD family.