The old and new of Saline County law enforcement

On one side of the building shared by Salina and Saline County law enforcement is the office of Sheriff Glen Kochanowski, who is in his 20th and final year of being sheriff. On the other side is Police Chief Brad Nelson, who has years of experience elsewhere but is in only his second year at the helm of Salina’s department.

The two men recently discussed the things that have changed and the things that have stayed the same in their profession. Both said that while there have been some discouraging changes in society’s view of the “thin blue line” (the concept that police stand to protect society from evil elements), they are proud of the work they do and believe law enforcement officers make a difference one person at a time.

“It’s been a fantastic profession,” Kochanowski said. “I would encourage anyone to look at it, but it does take a certain kind of individual. It’s not a job for somebody that’s high-strung. It’s got to be for individuals with a lower stress level.”

Nelson said there is strong community support for law enforcement in Salina.

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