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David Hoeppner ’99 has been a police officer with the City of South Milwaukee for more than 19 years. He has served or continues to serve in these capacities:
- SWAT team
- Motor Unit
- Investigations Bureau
- Evidence technician
- Defense and arrest tactics
- Feld training officer
“It rounded me out as a person, which I feel has helped me immensely
in my career as an officer.”
What have you enjoyed most about your career?
“I enjoy working with people, but I’ve always loved a good puzzle, which I get to do every day!”
How did Carthage prepare you?
“The ability to relate to people of different backgrounds. In my time at Carthage, I spent a lot of time with people whose backgrounds were widely varied from my own, which really prepared me for the challenges of being an officer these days.”
How has your liberal arts education helped you?
“The thing that helped me the most in life that I got at Carthage was the desire to try a lot of different things. I have had the opportunity to do a lot of different things in my career, and I began that when I was a student at Carthage, where there were so many classes to choose from that I loved being in and learning from — from my criminal justice studies, to ancient history, to the Heritage program and even some theatre classes! It rounded me out as a person, which I feel has helped me immensely in my career as an officer. Plus, I also coach football and wrestling in my community at the high school, so time management was important as well!”
Tips for current Carthage students:
“Don’t waste a second of the time you have at Carthage! Embrace the experience, get outside your comfort zone, and try some classes that interest you, even if they aren’t part of your major. You’ll be glad you did!”
Favorite Carthage memories:
“Some of my favorite memories at Carthage are just the times I had with friends, fraternity brothers, fellow football players, and my fellow Johnson Hall RAs! Carthage shaped me through the experiences I was fortunate enough to have, either through my fraternity or through my classes or club activities.”