Most law enforcement officers do not work in the profession as long as Detective Johann Schneider. Today, Detective Schneider retired after an incredible 36 years. The department prepared a special going away letter that was read to Detective Schneider and his family today regarding his remarkable accomplishment.
“On behalf of Senior Staff, please accept our congratulations on reaching retirement after 35 years of service in law enforcement and 28 years of service as a member of the Eugene Police Department. You have been a valued and trusted member of the department and your dedication and leadership will be missed.
Your career as a Police Officer began in 1985 at the San Diego Police Department where you served as a patrol officer, FTO, Acting Sergeant, Beach Patrol Officer and as a member of the Peer Support Team. You were commended for your ability to consistently perform at a high level and for the way you spoke with angry, intoxicated people on the beaches in San Diego. Your demeanor and ability to effectively and compassionately communicate with victims, witnesses and suspect followed you throughout your career.
In 1992, you relocated to Eugene and were hired as a Eugene Police Officer. Almost immediately, your skills in teaching, training and communication were recognized. You were selected to be on the SWAT team shortly after you were hired and remained on the team for over seven years. You also instructed Defensive Tactics for seven years where you used your physical abilities, common sense and training to undoubtedly help keep hundreds of officers safe while they were on the job. During your 22 years of teaching firearms, you helped generations of officers learn the fundamentals of firearms use.
You were instrumental in the development of EPD’s Peer Support Team. Over time, the team has grown to provide support in various areas to include formal stress debrief, one-on-one peer counseling and family support. Your insight and work to create the team started a ripple effect that will have a lasting impact on our department’s culture, morale and individual employees.
In 2000, you were selected to serve in the violent crimes unit. You were in that unit for a little less than two years before transferring to the property crimes unit where you have been since 2002. In addition to your detective duties, you served on the arson team and crisis negotiations team both for two years. In 2004 and 2005, you were an acting sergeant in property crimes and did so again from July, 2020, until your retirement. Your leadership, knowledge and experience has helped the unit on several occasions when needed during times of change.
While in the property crimes unit, you have conducted countless investigations in the process of assisting victims in the community. Seeing a need, you took lead roles in both metal theft and illegal pawn sales. As you developed these programs, you became a resource for investigators both inside and outside the department. In your 19 years on the team, you have mentored generations of detectives and supervisors. A member of your team commented, “One would be hard-pressed to find a more caring and thoughtful co-worker on any team”. As you end your career in law enforcement, we hope you understand the lasting impact you have made on your co-workers and all the people you have served while working as a police officer. You will be missed, and the mentorship and sense of camaraderie you provided will always be remembered by your fellow officers. Again, congratulations on your retirement.”
Signed by Eugene Police Senior Staff:
Eugene Police Chief Chris Skinner, Deputy Chief Stacy Jepson, Investigations Captain Shawn Adams, Patrol Captain Eric Klinko, Operations Support Captain Sherri Meisel, Finance and Admininstrative Services Division Manager Tim Schuck, Technical Services Division Manager Pam Collett, and Public Information Director Melinda McLaughlin