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New York Mills Police Department welcomes new face

In 400 unpaid hours this summer, 20-year-old Tyler Schwartz will experience a sample of small town police life.

From May through August, Schwartz will complete an internship - about 25 hours a week - with the New York Mill's Police Department.

Schwartz's internship will include a combination of shifts, allowing him to experience a variety of duties. NY Mills Police Chief Jim Van Schaick said routines in the shifts vary greatly. Day shifts typically consist of making follow-up calls, cleaning, and finishing paperwork. Night shifts tend to include more patrolling and answering of calls.

While Schwartz's uniform will plainly say 'intern,' Van Schaik said the extra hands during the summer will be nice.

The upcoming internship will not be the first time Schwartz helps the department, which was obvious with the joking, casual conversation style shared among the chief, officer Aaron Evenson and Schwartz during an interview last week.

Last fall, Schwartz volunteered to be a 'citizen' during police training, in which officers practice police procedures and arresting techniques.

Schwartz has also ridden along with area officers in the past, which he enjoyed. The internship will be a little different than a ride-along, however, as Schwartz is hoping to learn more about what the job entails.

Schwartz currently attends Central Lakes College in Brainerd, where he is in the midst of a two-year degree in law enforcement.

Although an internship is not required, they can be a big benefit in future employment searches.

Van Schaick said the law enforcement field is competitive, and even a little experience goes a long way. Since police departments across this area work together, Schwartz will have opportunities to work with police outside of NY Mills.

Van Schaick said internships can serve as eye-openers, as a real cop's job is not like it's often portrayed on television.

Evenson agreed, giving this description of his job: It's 90 percent boredom, and 10 percent rush.

Schwartz said he's thankful to be accepted as an intern, as some of his classmates have applied to other police departments and have been denied.

The city council approved the internship at its meeting in February, after Van Schaick explained the police department does have insurance to cover an intern as long as he or she does not carry a weapon or drive the cars.

NY Mills Mayor Larry Hodgson said members of the police department will be great mentors for Schwartz.