Dexter Schools Welcomes New Liaison Officer Gerrod Visel

Corporal Jeremy Hilobuk recently introduced Corporal Gerrod Visel to DCS Board of Education as his replacement for Liaison Officer to the schools.

The role of the school liaison officer is to be the bridge between the school district and the Washtenaw County Sheriff Office. The primary role is to maintain order and security on school grounds and help provide a positive learning environment.

Gerrod is a Dexter native who graduated from Dexter High School in 1994. During his senior year in high school, he attended a one-week course, Law Enforcement Boot Camp, at the Michigan State Police Headquarters in Lansing. He was immediately drawn to a career in law enforcement. This is where he also got his first glimpse at what Police K-9 teams (Dog & Handler) were able to accomplish for law enforcement agencies.

Earning a bachelors degree in criminal justice at Ferris State University, where he also played football, Gerrod also attended their police academy. Upon graduation, he went to work for the Washtenaw County Sheriff Office as a road patrol officer. He has doubled as a K-9 Officer for the last 15 years.

About the police dogs, Gerrod says, “Through my years as a canine handler, I have handled four different dogs. All four dog’s are and were multipurpose patrol dogs which included narcotic’s detection. I am currently handling K-9 “KARN” and K-9 “BADY”.”

Corporal Visel will be assisted by one of the dogs in his new duties as Liaison Officer. He explains, “K-9 “KARN” is a seven year old German Shepherd and will be assisting me in my role as the newest School Liaison Officer for Dexter Community Schools. The younger dog, K-9 “Bady” will be turned over to the new officer that will be selected in January 2018 to take over my role as one of the canine handlers for the road patrol.”

Left, Jeremy Hilobuck; Right, Gerrod Vissel

Liaison Officer selection begins with the submission of a letter by interested candidates detailing their work history, training, an explanation as to why they want the position. After Gerrod completed his letter, it was reviewed by the Division Lieutenant, Road Commander and Undersheriff. Interviews were then conducted by the Sheriff’s office, Dexter Schools Superintendent, Dexter Schools Director of Human Resources and both high school vice principals. Once the grueling interview process is completed, Corporal Visel was chosen from the field of candidates.

Gerrod is excited for his new position. He tells us, “Taking over the role of the liaison officer position from Deputy Hilobuck will be some big shoes to fill as I witnessed and heard from both staff and students. My goal is to make the transition easy on everyone involved and continue the success that the Dexter School District achieves.”

Corporal Visel’s arrival is bittersweet however for it means saying good-bye to much appreciated and beloved Deputy Jeremy Hilobuck who has held the position in recent years. It is not a complete departure for Corporal Hilobuck however. He will still be assigned to the Dexter area in other capacities for the Sheriff’s office.

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