My Calling

Robert Kowalski

Robert Kowalski
Chief of Police
Edgerton (WI) Police Department/Retired FBI

I began a career of law enforcement after being in a Catholic Seminary for eight years and graduating college with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. This decision came with quite a bit of soul searching and a desire make a positive impact on society. I began as a Police Officer in a western suburb of Chicago. This start molded my entire career and provided the base for the years to come. While an officer, I was chosen to be a juvenile Officer and a Field Training Officer. I was also elected as the Vice President of the FOP and had the experience of negotiating two separate contracts for the department.

Robert Kowalski

The beginning of my career

During this time, I went back to school and attained my Masters of Science degree in Criminal/Social Justice. After my degree, I decided to expand my career in law enforcement and applied for a position as a Special Agent in the FBI. During a lengthy selection process, I was chosen to attend the FBI Academy as a new Agent. I left the police department after a successful nine and a half years as a patrolman.

I began my Special Agent training for the FBI and used my police experience to help with the extensive training at the FBI Academy at Quantico Virginia. The training for the FBI was a challenge but it solidified my passion for law enforcement. I successfully completed my second academy and was assigned to the Indianapolis Division at the Lafayette, Indiana Resident Agency. I was selected for this assignment because of my law enforcement experience and I was able to use it to the fullest experience. I concentrated on violent crime cases at the beginning but was eventually able to expand and work several of the FBI’s programs. I have been able to work on such cases as the Oklahoma City Bombing.

In 1997 I was transferred to the Chicago Division and assigned to work Eastern European Organized Crime. I have had several complex cases and successfully had those cases prosecuted.

In 2001 I was selected to the position of Supervisory Special Agent and was in charge of an Intelligence Squad. Shortly after my promotion September 11th occurred and our lives were changed forever.

During my career in the FBI I was able to have a positive impact on society and work a wide variety of major cases and programs the Bureau was charged to investigate.

I retired from the FBI in 2010 and had to decide What to do after almost 30 years with two jobs, a Police Officer and Special Agent in the FBI.

I decided to go into the private sector and became the Director of Security for a for profit higher education corporation. This opportunity allowed me to learn about different aspects of security. Although this was a great learning experience it opened my eyes as to where I wanted to go in my career. I decided I will focus on being a Chief of Police and impart my knowledge on younger Officers on a Police Department.

With my decision of becoming a Police Officer I had to position myself to be selected for a Chief’s position. I left corporate America and become a Security Chief for Homeland Security at a government complex. This provided me with more experience but not what I ultimately wanted. In a short time, I was selected to be the Director of Safety/Security for the Cook County Health System. The Director was charged with leading two sworn Police Departments and afforded me my Police Commission back.

Although this was a challenging job, it was not what I wanted. I was then selected to be a Chief of Police for a south Chicago suburb. I finally became the Chief of a Police Department. I was able to make positive changes, but I served at the will of the Mayor, so this wasn’t long lasting being released for no reason.

I continued looking for a Chief position I can serve the community. I applied for and became the Chief of a small department in Wisconsin. I am finally in a position I’ve been looking for and truly blessed to be where I really want to be. This is where I will end my career in law enforcement but not yet stay tuned.

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