REED CITY — A few months into his job as the newest officer on the Reed City Police Department, Officer Jason Stegeman is settling into his role and enjoying the duties of his position.

“I did undercover work, K-9 and SWAT previously, and all those are very interesting things, but I’m liking not focusing so intently on one area of law enforcement,” Stegeman said. “It’s nice getting back to basics and doing a bit of everything.”

Stegeman, who started at the department in July, has 16 years of law enforcement experience. He graduated in 1997 from Ferris State University with a criminal justice degree. He began his career as an officer at the Greenville Police Department, then worked for the Tribal Police of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, where he stayed for 14 years.

He’s also worked outside of law enforcement, having owned a business, worked in sales and insurance and was employed at the post office. In the end, Stegeman realized law enforcement is his true calling in life.

“I didn’t have the same feeling of accomplishment and pride in what I did working those jobs as when I work as a police officer,” he explained.

Stegeman likes the small town atmosphere of Reed City and sees this job as a long-term position, hopefully where he’ll eventually retire.

“I’m not looking to go anywhere else and I’m looking forward to working here and putting in all my efforts,” he said.

Currently on the night shift, Stegeman said the job is going well and there have been no major issues. One of his favorite aspects of his job as a police officer is solving the cases he’s assigned.

“I know if I’m called most people are having a bad day, so helping solve that issue and making them happy makes me feel good,” he said.

Bringing Stegeman on staff has been a positive addition, said Reed City Police Chief Chuck Davis.

“He’s a good guy and we’re happy to have him,” Davis said.