Perry Police Officer Aswegan speaks to Perry Kiwanis Club

Perry Police Department Officer Matt Aswegan, left, was welcomed Tuesday to the weekly meeting of the Perry Kiwanis Club by Secretary Doug Wood and other members. Photo courtesy Larry Saemisch

On Tuesday the Perry Kiwanis Club welcomed Perry Police Department Officer Matt Aswegan to their weekly luncheon meeting at the Hotel Pattee in Perry.

Aswegan is a patrol officer and drug recognition expert (DRE) for the Perry Public Safety Department. He works primarily on the night shift from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. He discussed the training required to be a DRE and the criteria he uses to determine if a person is under the influence of drugs.

Aswegan does not have a desk job. At 4 a.m. Wednesday, for example, he engaged in a hot pursuit on foot near the Progressive Foundry in Perry, ultimately arresting and detaining a man later charged with third-offense possession of methamphetamine.

Hosting the Perry peace officer at the meeting by Perry Kiwanis Secretary Doug Wood and welcomed by the membership. Wood has been a member of the Perry Kiwanis since December 1997.


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