I know how important community is, and I have always lived in an area where the community helps each other out, so I just wanted to give back.
Scott Louden has wanted to go into law enforcement since he was a kid growing up in Wisconsin.
“I know how important community is, and I have always lived in an area where the community helps each other out, so I just wanted to give back,” he says.
With an associate’s degree, Scott entered the Waupun Police Department and rose through the ranks to lieutenant. After he attended the FBI Academy in 2011, he decided he would never go any further if he didn’t continue his education.
“I knew that I would need a bachelor’s degree to take on that next promotion,” Scott says. “Basically, it sets you apart from the other people that are going for that position and also lets them know that you are serious about continuous education and self-improvement.”
A fellow officer recommended Ashford University. “I wanted something that was flexible and that I could do online that would be manageable around my work schedule,” Scott says.
He enrolled in Ashford’s Bachelor of Arts in Law Enforcement Administration program and began putting the principles of his Community Relations courses into practice at his department right away.
“We’d had a lot of those programs in place but it’s being able to sustain them and incorporate community outreach,” he says. “Just being visible and being approachable – having myself and my supervisors and my law enforcement officers out in the community, having community programs, stopping in at the businesses, stopping in at the schools and putting on programs and having casual conversations and being approachable.”
In 2012, he was promoted to deputy chief, and, the following year, he graduated with his bachelor’s. He credits the flexibility of the faculty for his success in the program.
“There were deadlines, but they gave you flexibility within the week to do your work,” he says. “Also, they were very approachable. When you ask questions about certain material, they got back to you, and they were very knowledgeable on the topics they were teaching.”
In 2017, all of Scott’s education and professional experience paid off when he was promoted to the position of Police Chief. Waupun Mayor Julie Nickel lauded the forward-thinking administrative approach that earned Scott his promotion. In the The Fond du Lac Reporter, she said Scott had been “instrumental in advancing the capabilities of the department by revamping programs to reflect best practices, seeking grants to fund new initiatives, and upgrading technology and equipment to provide officers with the tools needed to serve the community.”