At the Hartland Village Board meeting on August 23, 2021, Joseph Thom of We Energies presented Chief of Police Torin Misko with a $2,000 check that was awarded to the Hartland Police Department. The grant was provided to the Hartland Police Department through the We Energies Foundation to be put towards leadership training at the Hartland Police Department. The Hartland Police Department would like to thank the We Energies Foundation for their assistance in helping us obtain a level of training and education that allows us to provide quality services to the citizens of Hartland. Below are the comments made at the meeting by Joseph Thom.
"Thank you to the Village Board and to Jeff Pfanerstill for inviting me here today for this special occasion. My name is Joseph Thom, and I am a Project Supervisor with We Energies and a member of the We Energies Rewarding Responder Grant Program. I am also a proud resident of Hartland. Much like the mission statement of police departments around the world, “to serve and protect”, the mission of We Energies is to provide our customers with world class energy service and reliability and protecting the safety of our employees and our customers. Rewarding Responders is our commitment to supporting local first responder agencies by awarding grants of up to $2,000 per agency for a total of $50,000 each year. I can’t begin to tell you how proud I am to be a part of this grant program; for me there is no greater feeling than giving back to first responders… the men and women who give so much to keep our communities safe. This year we received over 60 grant requests from police and fire departments, and other emergency service agencies within our Wisconsin service territory. These grants will be used to purchase equipment and professional development that are part of an integrated public safety initiative. I was happy to see the Hartland Police Department on the list of grant requests this year to request funds for professional development. Chief Torin Misko is working to complete his Executive Certificate in Public Leadership through the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Chief Misko will complete a 10-day online course titled: “Leadership Decision Making: Optimizing Organizational Performance” which aims to improve decision analysis and leadership effectiveness. I had the pleasure to speak with Chief Misko last week, and he stated how this course will not just contribute to his leadership development, but will be shared with all of the men and women of Hartland’s law enforcement personnel to help them better serve the community. Chief Misko noted in the grant request, “With the call for police reform at the local, state, and national level there has never been a more important time to receive law enforcement leadership training. There has never been a more important time to have effective law enforcement leaders and supervisors to help the law enforcement profession get through this difficult and challenging time.” We couldn’t agree more. In that same token, it is always an important time to support law enforcement and our first responders. To Chief Misko, to the Hartland Police Department, and to the Village of Hartland: On behalf of We Energies, I am proud, and honored to present to you with this grant of $2,000. Thank you for your service and for your commitment to serving and protecting our community. God bless you and thank you."