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UPDATE: Appleton East School Resource Officer Awarded 'Top Cop'



WEDNESDAY 6/13/2018 4:57 p.m.

Appleton Police Department Officer Jack Taschner, a school resource officer at Appleton East High School, has been awarded "Top Cop" by Attorney General Brad Schimel.

Attorney General Schime,

Officer Jack Taschner is a hero who prevented a tragedy and his leadership is an example of the benefit school resource officers can provide a campus community.

Even though I’m recognizing Officer Taschner as a ‘Top Cop’ today, the students, faculty, and parents of Appleton East High School have known him to be a great role model during his entire tenure.

What Happened

The DOJ gave a summary of the events leading to the recognition:

In April 2017, while patrolling the halls at Appleton East High, Officer Taschner noticed two young men in the hallway that were not Appleton East students. Officer Taschner made contact with the young men and escorted them to the main office for an interview. As a result of the interview, Officer Taschner learned that the two young men were sent to the school to retaliate against a student.

Around the same time, law enforcement and the school administrators also identified a vehicle on school grounds that belonged to a third young man and that had been used to transport the two unknown young men to the school.

Concerned for the well-being of the students and faculty, Officer Taschner and school officials made contact with the third young man and searched his vehicle. Officer Taschner discovered two loaded .40 caliber pistols inside the vehicle.

All three men involved in this potentially deadly situation, two of which were juveniles, were taken into custody on the scene, and all were charged with conspiracy to commit the physical abuse of a child and possession of a firearm in a school zone.

Officer Taschner’s knowledge of the student body and quick thinking certainly helped prevent a tragedy and led to a successful prosecution of those involved.

Appleton Police Chief Todd Thomas,

Officer Jack Taschner exemplifies everything it means to be a School Resource Officer.

 This is just a small sample of the great work he does on daily basis to positively affect the community of East High School and keep that community safe.

Some may also remember the time Officer Taschner gained national media attention when he led the Appleton East High School student section in a cheer at a football game and rallied school spirit.



WEDNESDAY 6/13/2018 8:16 a.m.

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel will be in Appleton this Wednesday to honor an Appleton Police school resource officer.

Jack Taschner, who has already been awarded "Top Cop", prevented a tragedy at Appleton East High School in April of 2017 due to his attention to detail and quick thinking.

Schimel will present Officer Taschner with a certificate for his efforts at the Wisconsin School Resource Officer Conference at 3:45 p.m. at the Red Lion-Paper Valley Hotel on Wednesday.

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