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Adam Tschida: Alumni
After graduation, Adam Tschida was hired as a police officer by the community of Apple Valley, MN. He was assigned to the patrol division, working as a patrol officer for eight years before being promoted to the rank of sergeant. As a patrol officer, Adam was responsible for the department’s Law Enforcement Explorer Post – a program focused on the development of young leaders through participation in a wide range of law enforcement related events. Adam was also a Bike Patrol Officer, a part of the Dakota County Traffic Safety Project, and a Field Training Officer. In 2010, Adam was selected to join the Dakota County MAAG (SWAT) team. The MAAG team provides services for high -risk conflict resolution to ten different communities throughout Dakota County. Within three years, Adam was promoted to team leader, a position he still holds. In 2014 Adam was promoted to Sergeant. As a Sergeant, Adam is the Field Training Program Coordinator, the Explorer Program Coordinator, the Dakota County Traffic Safety Project liaison, the Special Enforcement Team Director, and a firearms instructor.
Throughout his time with the Apple Valley Police Department, Adam has been highly decorated. He has been awarded the Department Award of Merit six times, the Chief’s Award of Merit, the Life Saving Award on two occasions, and was selected as the Officer of the Year in 2013. Finally, Adam was awarded the Medal of Valor, the department’s second highest honor, for taking an armed suspect into custody after he displayed a knife and fled into a home.