OSHKOSH - Ex-Los Angeles police officer Christopher Dorner's violent acts over the past week have hit home for law enforcement in our area.
"We hope nothing like that happens here or ever again, but it's something to be aware of and it reminds us what we do for our employees," said Winnebago County Sheriff John Matz.
Matz told FOX 11 before his department even hires someone; his or her mental health is monitored.
"Not only is it the psychological exam, but it's a very in-depth background investigation," Matz explained, saying candidates have been refused if red flags pop up.
Matz also told us he and other managers watch current employees for any signs they're ailing psychologically, like changes in attitude and attendance, withdrawing from others.
"When we see things changing we'll go to them and ask what's wrong," said the sheriff.
Matz said the department also offers help to any employee who needs it.
"A therapist that we contract with to help our deputies and our other staff deal with some of the things they have to deal with. They see a lot of things most people do not see," explained Matz.
Its worth noting Dorner was also a veteran. Although Outagamie County Veterans Service Officer John LiDonne warned we shouldn't jump to conclusions about that.
"We don't wanna cause a stereotype of combat veterans that 'oh, we better walk on egg shells around them, because they may go off.' because that's not the case in all situations," explained LiDonne.
LiDonne told us more often veterans struggling with issues like PTSD turn their emotions on themselves.
But he says this story still serves as a reminder that we should look out for all who serve.
"It's important to watch for the warning signs and remain vigilant of our obligation to provide services to them," he explained.
According to LiDonne it's important for friends and family to look out for mental issues in veterans. He said because of the military mentality it can be hard for some to ask for help.
After almost 80 years, a piece of naval history is on its way home. A model of the Japanese luxury liner Hikawa Maru is being packed up in Manitowoc and returned to Japan.
Visitors to Green Bay's Neville Public Museum will soon see hours slashed. The county-owned attraction is cutting access starting the first of the year.
An 11-foot-long model of the Japanese passenger liner Hikawa Maru is being sent back to Japan after 34 years at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc.
Area volunteers are making a difference in the community this holiday season. At this time of the year, many people are looking for ways to help their neighbors. The Salvation Army is one of the many places where you can do just that.
For the second year in a row, St. Norbert College could house overflow of homeless people from the St. John the Evangelist shelter in Green Bay.
A memorial fund has been created for a Grand Chute firefighter killed in a weekend car crash.