BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Ryan Skaggs thought his last position with IUPD-Bloomington was pretty sweet, working bicycle patrol and instructing new bike officers. Now, however, he's the division's K-9 officer with bomb-sniffing chocolate lab Zeus -- and he REALLY likes this. He also enjoys traveling with the IU men's basketball team to provide security.
"Every day is different for me," he said. "I performed a security function for our men’s basketball team for 3 years before Coach Miller came, and was asked to come back this year. I either go to work and play with a dog, watch basketball, or ride a bike. My 12-year-old self would be very proud."
Skaggs joined IUPD in 2008 as a cadet in the Cadet Officer Program, which
"I hope to continue to use my passion for this job and for teaching to educate our state's law enforcement officers for a very, very long time," he said.
Asked what he finds most satisfying about the job, he said he still enjoys "working the road," although he doesn't do it as often as he'd like.
"Interacting with the community in everyday policing is why I got into this field and stayed in it," he said. "I’ve been blessed to do what I do now, but I get the most satisfaction from just being a 'cop.'"