- An undercover officer will go back to working out in the open in Rhinelander.This week Chief Mike Steffes made Jake Simkins the new night shift sergeant for the Rhienalnder Police Department. He's been with the Department for five years. But he's been working strictly undercover with the North Central Drug Enforcement Group for the last few years."It's something I always wanted to do and I was able to have the opportunity to do it. But I'm looking forward to coming back and working with the officers here and being able to train some of the newer officers and work with the community as well and bring the experience that I have with the police department and the citizens of Rhinelander," says Simkins.Simkins is also the newest member of the Oneida County SWAT team.Chief Steffes says the department is in the final stages of hiring another officer. He expects to be fully staffed again by the end of April. Another officer from RPD will be able to apply to take Sergeant Simkins' place with the NORDEG unit.
Story By: Lyndsey Stemm