Safety Officer sets sights on joining police force

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By Josh Trecartin, Contributor

William Dussetschleger, has been working for campus security at the University of Nebraska Omaha since he was 17.
Dussetschleger said he started as a dispatcher working overnights and weekends and became an officer in 2010. His last day was on April 3 after a 7-year career with UNO. He left to explore other opportunities to further his career and goal to be an Omaha Police Officer.
Dussetschleger said one of the more exciting calls of his seven years came while he was riding with an off-duty Omaha police officer and received a call about a pickup truck speeding through campus. They encountered the driver parked in Elmwood Park and Dussetschleger approached the truck along the passenger side with his flashlight in hand.
As Dussetschleger approached the truck, he said he saw a handgun sitting on the passenger seat and called for the off-duty officer to join him. The man driving was found to have a blood alcohol level above Nebraska’s .08 limit.
“It was pretty intense, pretty scary,” Dussetschleger said.
To defend themselves, UNO’s campus security wear bulletproof vests that protect up to a .44-caliber round, he said. They also carry pepper spray, tactical batons and handcuffs.
Dussetschleger said campus security’s primary focus in intense situations is to talk down the situation rather than use physical force. 
On an average day, UNO security officers help professor and students unlock doors on campus, retrieve forgotten items left in classrooms and provide vehicle assistance, Dussetschleger said. Even though security officers are here to protect, their primary focus is to help the public, he said.
“I love helping people and that’s the main reason why you do the job and you do what you love,” Dussetschleger added.
He said ultimately he would like to be a police officer like other members of his family who have been in the military and worked as police officers. Even though he would like to be a police officer, he will put his girlfriend and 7-month-old before his ambitions. 
“A career is a career, but family is more important,” Dussetshleger said.

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