2012 Officer of the Year
Wes Schmidt began his law enforcement career in 2009 as a reserve deputy sheriff with the Sutter County Sheriff’s Office after graduating from the Yuba College Police Academy. This followed five years of service with the United States Navy. While in the Navy, he earned the Sailor of the Year Award for the Atlantic Fleet’s Tactical Helicopter Wing in 2000. He obtained an Associate’s Degree in Administration of Justice from Yuba College in January 2010 and was appointed as a full-time deputy sheriff in February 2010. His first assignment was as a patrol deputy out of the main office. He was assigned as a school resource deputy (SRO) in early 2012. His duties include working with the Sutter County Superintendent of Schools and 18 school districts, encompassing 22 school campuses in the sheriff’s office’s jurisdiction.
Deputy Schmidt and his partner are working with school staff at each campus to update school security and safety protocol. He is a member of the county’s Student Attendance Review Board (SARB), which addresses truancy, and is made up of personnel from various school districts and county departments. SROs handle criminal cases on school campuses and conduct threat assessments. Deputy Schmidt has conducted trainings and presentations concerning drugs, gangs, weapons, bullying, as well as internet and electronic devices dangers. Deputy Schmidt introduced the National Rifle Association’s Eddie Eagle program to elementary schools with assistance from our office’s reserve and cadet members. The Eddie Eagle program teaches small children about firearms dangers and what to do if they encounter a gun.
When school is out for the summer months, Deputy Schmidt transfers to the Boat Patrol Unit. He patrols the Sacramento, Feather and Bear Rivers. He enforces boating safety law and provides public education in water safety at events and presentations. In addition to his boat patrol duties, Deputy Schmidt is assigned to the Sheriff’s Dive Team. The dive team primarily is deployed for recovery of drowning victims, evidence or vehicles.
Deputy Schmidt requested and was assigned the management of the sheriff’s office’s "Shop with a Cop" program. The program involves networking with area schools and businesses to provide underprivileged students with a Christmas shopping experience. Teachers and staff from schools within the sheriff’s jurisdiction select students to benefit from the event. Sheriff’s office members volunteer and donate their time and each member is assigned a student to accompany during the shopping trip. This past year, 2012, Deputy Schmidt was able to secure enough funding from area businesses, organizations and individuals to increase the number of students served from around 20 to over 30 and high school students were included for the first time.
Deputy Schmidt is assigned as an operator of the sheriff’s Mobile Command Post vehicle. The MCP responds to emergencies, extensive investigations, and is deployed at other events to include the Sikh Parade and National Night Out.
He is the law enforcement participant on the regional Hazardous Materials response team (HAZMAT), which consists of area fire departments in Sutter and Yuba Counties.
Deputy Schmidt spends his off duty time with his wife and two sons. The family enjoys activities such as camping, outdoor sports, and family gatherings.