By Carol C. Neugent
As a one-time accounting major and would-be accountant, a chance ride-along changed everything for Haysville Police Department Detective Chad Case.
“The first time I went and rode in a [police] car I thought ‘this is cool…this is what I want to do,’” Case said. He quickly changed his major to police science and the rest, as they say, is history.
Case’s pursuit of a career in law enforcement recently resulted in a much deserved public and peer recognition when Case was honored as the Haysville VFW Keever-Wire Post and District Five Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.
VFW officers Robin Ray, Larry Tyson, and Vance Hill were all present to acknowledge Case during a recent city council meeting. Ray noted that Case was being recognized for his “unyielding adherence to the highest ideas of law enforcement.”
Case started his law enforcement career as a Wichita Police Department explorer/cadet and eventually a WPD reserve. In 1999, Case joined the HPD as a police officer in the patrol section.
Case’s duties have taken him to Haysville High School and Haysville Middle School as a school resource officer. He has also been a DARE Officer and is currently assigned to investigations.
“Detective Case is always willing to carry out any task whether good or bad,” Police Chief Jeff Whitfield said recently. “He’s always ready to help out and learn.”
As a detective in investigations, Case has earned unique responsibilities in the area of cybercrimes. This seems to be an interesting twist for someone who grew up in a home void of computers.
Case explained that his parents were very cautious about new technology and the emerging world of computers. “As soon as I left home I bought my first computer,” Case recalled. “A friend of mine showed me how to build computers and it just came easy to me.”
Case’s computer skills have taken him and the HPD into the world of computer forensics. He has attended the elite Secret Service’s National Computer Forensics Institute on three separate occasions.
Whitfield noted just how beneficial these unique skills have been locally as well as for the area and state.
“We don’t have to send off information and wait months and months,” he said.
When it comes to being the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, Case is both humble and reflective.
“We have a good group of (officers) and it made me feel honored. Any one of these (officers) has the same potential as me,” Case said.