Andrew Mathwig saw early in his life what it meant to be in law enforcement.

“I grew up with a lot of family in it,” said Mathwig, who is now an officer with the Redwood Falls Police Department, adding he has three uncles and two cousins who protect and serve.

So, when he graduated from Sibley East in 2005, Mathwig was ready to follow the same path.

After earning his two-year law enforcement degree from Ridgewater College in Willmar, Mathwig headed to Alexandria for the 12-week skills course. After completing that requirement and passing the law enforcement POST boards, Math-wig was ready to get to work. 

Mathwig began his career in Sleepy Eye where he worked full-time for its police department. Then he moved to Springfield to work full-time for its department. Along the way he also did some part-time work for the Arlington Police Department

In all, Mathwig brings 11 years of experience to his new role with the Redwood Falls Police Department.

“I look forward to the opportunity to serve here for years to come,” said Mathwig, who started working for the local department July 23.

While Mathwig was still in college, he had the chance to gain some experience in Hutchinson where he worked for its park patrol. Opportunities like that solidified his desire to work in law enforcement.

For Mathwig, the transition to the Redwood Falls department made sense, because he knows there are chances for advancement, adding he believes there are more opportunities for him as an officer in this community.

Mathwig said he appreciates the members of his new team, and also appreciates knowing when he is on duty there are other officers working as well. He added that gives him the chance to learn from them as a way to improve in his role.

As an officer, Mathwig knows his job is multi-faceted, but in the end he recognizes the main task is all about public safety.

“I am here to help members of the community when they are in need,” said Mathwig.

One of the areas Mathwig said he enjoys is the opportunity to interact with kids, adding that gives him the chance to show them a positive image of what it means to be a police officer. He said in those chances to work with kids, whether it be a bike rodeo or a shop with a cop event, he is laying the foundation for them and all future interactions they will have with law enforcement.

Mathwig brings experience as a firearms instructor to the local department, and he said being able to offer that service is a way he can give back and help his fellow officers in their roles.

Mathwig is currently working an overnight shift for the department.

Having moved to town, Mathwig and his fiance, Nichole Heiderscheidt, are settling in to their new community, and he said things have been going very well.

“It was a lot easier to figure out the geography of the town than I thought it would be,” he said.

When he is not on the job, Mathwig said he enjoys archery hunting, fishing, and he is planning to spend quite a bit of his time remodeling the house he just moved into in the community.