By Starrla Cray
WINSTED McLeod County Sheriff Scott Rehmann of Winsted isn’t the only member of his family who loves law enforcement.
His 22-year-old son, Josiah, is pursuing a similar career path possibly, in part, because of his father’s influence.
“Growing up, I was always around it and I enjoyed it,” Josiah said. “I liked hearing the different situations [my dad] would get in with work. One day might be a medical call where you help save someone’s life, and another day might be stopping a drunk driver and getting them off the road.”
When Scott was elected sheriff in 2006, Josiah had opportunities to accompany his dad to community events.
“I’d go to National Night Out and help at the McLeod County Fair,” Josiah recalled.
In high school, Josiah started doing ride-a-longs, where he got to see firsthand what a day in law enforcement looks like. By then, Josiah was convinced that he’d like this type of career, and started to prepare for the future.
By the time he graduated from high school (homeschool) in 2014, Josiah had completed 1.5 years of post-secondary education through the University of Northwestern in St. Paul.
He then continued college at Northwestern, graduating with a degree in criminal justice in May 2016. Before graduation, Josiah spent one semester at Ridgewater College in Hutchinson to earn his emergency medical technician (EMT) certification.
During his final semester at Northwestern, Josiah completed a 270-hour internship with the Winsted Police Department. The internship allowed him to see the day-to-day operations of the department and assist with community events and other projects.
From July 2016 to December 2017, Josiah attended Rasmussen College in Eagan for his law enforcement skills certificate. This part-time training equips students with the physical skills necessary to obtain a Minnesota police officer licensure. Training takes place evenings and weekends, so Josiah was able to keep a full-time job at the same time.
Josiah said skills training was both “fun” and “applicable,” and it ended up being his favorite part of school.
“You’re doing hands-on training every day, for the most part,” he said.
A few of the skills he learned included firearm use, traffic enforcement, defensive tactics, and how to drive safely during pursuits and investigations.
Ready for the next step
Now that he’s fully trained, Josiah is looking forward to starting his career. He applied for a traffic control position at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, and is waiting for background checks to be completed.
“One of my goals is to be a K-9 officer eventually,” Josiah said.
In the meantime, Josiah has been working 50 to 65 hours per week managing the Pizza Hut in Delano. Part of his earnings will go toward his wedding, which is set for October 2019. (His fiancée, Brianna Shaw of Long Lake, is a journalism student at Bethel University in St. Paul.)
Josiah said he’s excited to work at the airport, but also enjoys working in small towns. He currently serves as a reserve officer with the Winsted Police Department, where he’s helped with the Winstock Country Music Festival, the bike rodeo, and the summer and winter festivals.