The Association of Indiana Counties recently held its district meeting at Belterra Casino and Resort; and as a part of that meeting, the AIC honored a local student as the winner of its Law Enforcement Essay Contest.
Nathan Hildebrand, a fourth grader in Kathy Daugherty’s class at Jefferson-Craig Elementary School, was honored as the District winner. His essay came after fourth graders were exposed to different areas of law enforcement, from the town police to the county sheriff’s office to the court system.
As the district winner, Nathan got to read his essay during the AIC’s dinner meeting.
Here is Nathan’s winning essay:
I met Brian Morton and James Richards. They work to keep Switzerland County safe. They are brave officers. They keep up safe from the bad people. They search jackets when they have reasonable suspicion that somebody did something bad. They get all kinds of phone calls to help people. It is important to call about emergencies and not jokes.
They have to go to wrecks and decide who was the person who wrecked into the other person. They call for an ambulance for anyone hurt in a wreck. They get people who are speeding over the speed limit. Speeding can cause wrecks so they try to protect us by making people drive slow.
When the police arrest someone, he has to go to court. The judge listens to what happened and decides if the arrested person needs to go to jail or not. You need to respect the judge and do not lie. Our judge in Switzerland County is Judge Coy. Judge Coy said he has a lie detector. I think he has a lot of hard decisions and his job is probably hard.
A jail is a bad place to end up in because you don’t get to eat what you want or do what you want to do. There are a lot of bad people in jail that you probably do not want to be around. Criminals have to do community service. I think it is good that they have to clean up trash around Switzerland County. This helps keep our county clean.
Sometimes their work can be dangerous but they are here to keep us safe. We should follow laws and respect our cops. I really enjoyed meeting our law enforcement.
Nathan is the son of Keith and Chrissy Hildebrand of near Vevay; and the grandson of Eugene and Sherrie Wiesmann.