Officer Kody Roos graduated from the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy on Aug. 16, and is ready to patrol the streets of Pella on his won.
Roos grew up in Sioux Center and attended Dordt College. There, he met his wife, Paige, who is a Pella Christian High School alumnus. Both wanted to give their two children the opportunity to attend school with their cousins. That led them back to Pella.
Between his sophomore and junior years at Dordt, Roos joined the Iowa Air National Guard. He worked security forces for the military for five years and is currently the Equal Opportunity Director for the 185th Air Refueling Wing of the Guard – based in Sioux City. Roos’s rank with the military is First Lieutenant, or O-2.
Roos joined the military because he saw it as a way to serve his community and pay for college. Military service is something he has always wanted to do.
He studied Criminal Justice at Dordt. Prior law enforcement experience includes four years with the Polk County Jail, dealing with classification and housing units.
Roos was sworn in as a new officer on the Pella Police Department in January. This is when he began his field training. Shawn Veenstra and Matt Huston were his experienced trainers.
His past experience has allowed him to develop communication skills, as well as the ability to de-escalate situations while working with people who may not be strong law enforcement supporters. Roos learned how to communicate and convince people to go along with police processes, which are significant aspects of community policing. Being the “new guy” he knows weekends and overnights are part of the job, but he has grown accustomed to odd hours with his past employment.
His impressions of Pella have been positive so far. He believes the community members are so nice and he loves the church he and his family attend.
“I think it’s a great community,” Roos said. “I love it here.”
His free time is spent often helping on the farm – especially during the harvest – spending time with his children, reading and watching movies.
“I’m looking forward to getting to know more people in the community,” Roos said. He wants to contribute and truly be a part of the town. One more thing he wanted everyone in Pella to know, “Tulip Time here is better than Orange City.”