Twin Lakes swears in new police lieutenants

New Twin Lakes Police Department lieutenants (from left) John Andrews, Joseph Balog and Dennis Linn. /Earlene Frederick photo

The individuals selected to fill three new lieutenant positions on the Twin Lakes Police Department — Dennis Linn, Joseph Balog and John Andrews — were sworn in Tuesday.

The ceremony was conducted by Dave Cox, village administrator, with family members and friends, Village Board members, members of the Police Commission and members of the police force  in attendance.

The positions were part of a restructuring of the department designed to improve supervision of officers and flatten the organization was approved unanimously by the Twin Lakes Village Board in September. The department’s four sergeant positions and one part-time lieutenant were eliminated. The three full-time lieutenant positions will replace the sergeants as everyday supervisors, but unlike the sergeants, the lieutenants will not be in the union representing the patrol officers.

Below are brief biographies of each candidate submitted by Chief Dale Racer:

Lt. Dennis Linn — Dennis started his law enforcement career as a police officer with the Genoa City Police Department from 1995 – 2002. Dennis was hired as a police officer by the Twin Lakes Police Department in 2002. Dennis was promoted to Investigator in 2004 and then promoted to Detective Sergeant in 2008. Dennis currently serves honorably and has since 1987 with the US Army Reserves holding the rank of Sergeant First Class, Senior Drill Sergeant. Dennis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Psychology.

Lt. Joseph Balog — Joseph was hired by the Twin Lakes Police Department in 1996, leaving the Twin Lakes Police Department in 1998 to work for the City of Beloit Police Department. Joseph returned to the Twin Lakes Police Department in 2003 and has been working the 3rd shift since. Joseph is a certified instructor by the State of Wisconsin Training and Standards Bureau in Firearms, Defensive and Arrest Tactics, Emergency Vehicle Operations, Vehicle Contacts and Professional Communications. Joseph is also a Field Training Officer and in charge of the Twin Lakes Police Department’s Honor Guard Unit. Joseph holds a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor degree in Public Administration.

Lt. John J. Andrews — John started his law enforcement career as a Police Aide with the Milwaukee Police Department in 1983 and upon turning 21 years old was promoted to Police Officer working uniform patrol, Vice Control Division and Robbery Task Force before being promoted to Detective in 1992. Upon his promotion he was assigned to the Violent Crimes and the Homicide Division. John was promoted to Detective Lieutenant in 2001 assigned to the Robbery Division. In 2007, John was made the Acting Captain of the Sensitive Crimes Division supervising 56 sworn Detectives and Police Officers. John has an extensive training record with the Milwaukee Police Department to include attending the prestigious Northwestern University School of Staff and Command and has attended numerous other supervisory training programs. Upon retiring from the Milwaukee Police Department in January 2009, John took a Lieutenant’s position with the Milwaukee Area Technical College Public safety and also a part-time police officer position with the Village of Big Bend. John holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice.


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