As part of a “Criminal Justice Workshop Series” organized by our CJ Program Chair, Melissa Matuszak, Captain David Konrath drew a large crowd with his presentation on “The Hiring Process for Law Enforcement & Corrections”. Captain Konrath is the Director of the Professional Standards Division for the Brown County Sheriff’s Office. In this position, he is responsible for training, background investigations, hiring, and Internal Affairs.
Captain Konrath began his career in Law Enforcement with the US Air Force as a Law Enforcement Specialist. During his 27 years with the BCSO, he was named the National Jail Administrator of the Year by the American Jail Association (AJA), has been published in AJA’s magazine and is a graduate of the National FBI l Academy.
Captain Konrath holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from UW Green Bay and is pursuing his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from UW Oshkosh.
Students walked away from this presentation with valuable information on the importance of being prepared for the lengthy hiring process for Law Enforcement careers. Konrath explained the importance of knowing information about the agency for which a candidate applies, honesty and being prepared for the physical testing.
Konrath spoke to the importance of becoming involved in your community and networking, stating “You have to set yourself apart from the other candidates because this is such a competitive process. Preparation is key and working in your community gives you as much opportunity as does employment”.