Jasper swears in 2 new officers

Assistant Police Chief Nathan Schmitt, center, said Greg Brescher, left, and David Burger, will be a great addition to the force during their swearing-in ceremony Monday morning at Jasper City Hall.

Herald Staff Writer

JASPER — Two more police officers were added to Jasper Police Department’s roster this morning.

Gregory Brescher and David Burger were sworn in this morning as the newest officers on the force by Clerk-Treasurer Juanita Boehm in front of family, friends and department colleagues.


Brescher, 28, has been a dispatcher at the police department for five and a half years. He said that experience solidified his desire to become a patrolman. He also owns Critter Gitters, a pest control company. His parents, Kurt and Margaret Brescher of Ireland, attended the ceremony and his mother did the honors of pinning his badge to his uniform for the first time. Brescher will soon go to the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy to complete his training.

Burger, 22, was born in Germany and grew up in Mitchell. He is a graduate of Indiana University and the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. He said he applied at the department a couple of times after seeing positions posted on a law enforcement jobs website, “and this time was successful.” His parents, James Burger and Kathleen Schoenecker of Mitchell, were on hand for the ceremony. His dad pinned his badge on him.

Brescher and Burger filled two officer positions that had been vacant since March. They were selected from more than 100 applicants.

Assistant Police Chief Nathan Schmitt said the two will be a great addition to the force and gave them tips for fulfilling their duty.

“Do your best,” Schmitt said. “Do what’s right. And treat people the way you want to be treated.”

Contact Candy Neal at cneal@dcherald.com.

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