OSAGE | On Monday, March 5, Jason Cole began his duties as the newest Osage Police Officer.
For the past 13 years, Cole, originally from Northwood, has been a police officer in Bloomfield. Cole graduated from NIACC’s the criminal justice program in 2000, just prior to deployment overseas. A 20-year veteran of the Iowa National Guard, Cole served in two Middle East deployments, from 1993-2003.
“Most of my family is from Northwood and the north central Iowa area,” Cole said. “I wanted to get back up here into the area to be closer to them.”
A father of two sons, and a daughter, ages 7, 5, and 3, Cole and his family have recently relocated to Osage, where they are slowly getting settled. Prior to the move to Osage, Cole’s wife worked in the IT department of the Bloomfield Hospital. She now works in microbiology at Zoetis in Charles City. The couple is expecting their fourth child.
After just three days on the job, Cole found himself slowly getting used to the way the Osage Police Department works, the paperwork and the locations of everything in town.
“It will take a little time to get used to the streets, businesses, and where the apartment buildings are located,” Cole said.
The son of a police officer, who served in Northwood since the 1970s, Cole initially began college with an interest in biology and conservation.
“I think talking to my dad is what really made me change my mind and decide on law enforcement,” said Cole, whose father also served in the Air Force, while his grandfather served in the army.
“I love it here,” Cole said. “The people have been very welcoming. Everywhere I go, people have greeted me and welcomed me and my family to the community. The school is very good and the CRC is really neat. Main Street is very nice as well.”