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Rosemount welcomes a new police officer

New Rosemount police officer Jacob Grabow takes the oath of office from mayor Bill Droste.

After a long search and interview process, the Rosemount Police Department officially welcomed Jacob Grabow to its team on Monday, July 29.

"There were approximately 182 applicants, so he made it through several rounds of interviews," said Rosemount Police Chief Eric Werner.

Grabow has over 13 years experience in law enforcement. He started his career as an officer in Pelican Rapids after he earned his associate's degree in law enforcement from Alexandria Technical College. He remained there for 21 months, and then was hired with the Otter Tail County Sheriff's office, where he was a deputy sheriff for over 11 years. There, he gained experience in advanced SWAT training and was a sniper for seven years. Originally from southwest Minnesota, Grabow comes to Rosemount with knowledge of the area.

"My fiance was down here in Lakeville," Grobow said. "(She) has worked with a few of the officers through child safety stuff (and) we are really happy with the other officers that work for the department.

"Good morale, and with Rosemount, just having that small town feel, that's something more that I am used to where I used to work," Grabow said.

Grabow had to go through the interview process, which began in April, as well as a psychological investigation, medical and background checks and meet the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training.

"After an extensive process over several months, we have a candidate that has a lot of experience and I think he is going to fit nicely (in) our community," Werner said. "We want professional people that can go out and develop relationships with the community and have that value of service."

Werner said he was very impressed with Grabow's knowledge of Rosemount and his true desire to come to the city.

"He comes from an organization that's well respected," Grabow said. "He will fit in with our organization because he has an understanding of how to do professional police work as well as fit into a smaller city."

Grabow said he is "ecstatic" for his new job with the Rosemount Police Department and "new chapter of his law enforcement career."

"It's definitely going to be a culture change for me, but I am definitely excited for all the opportunities that are down here," Grabow said.