Officer Paul Behrendt

Officer Paul Behrendt, a 17-year veteran of 
the Manitowoc Police Department, is being 
honored for outstanding professionalism in 
all aspects of his job. 

He began his career in September, 1996 on 
the midnight shift. Officer Behrendt served 
as a Police School Liaison Officer at Washington 
Jr. High School from March 2001 to 
July 2005. He was transferred to the day 
shift in 2009 where he currently serves.

Officer Behrendt is a motorcycle officer and, since 1999, has been involved 
with the department’s Tactical Training Program. He is a certified instructor 
in Firearms, EVOC (Emergency Vehicle Operators Course), Vehicle Contacts, 
and Professional Communication. Officer Behrendt has also been a long 
time participant in the Manitowoc Police Department’s Citizens’ Academy.

Officer Behrendt is described as a “highly motivated instructor who takes 
responsibilities very seriously.” He demonstrates leadership, commitment 
and professionalism while carrying out his duties as a patrol officer and with 
his involvement in training. Officer Behrendt is married to Cindy Behrendt 

and has two children, Kyle, age 17 and Brooke, age 13.

Carol Gulbrand

Carol Gulbrand is a 10-year WalMart service desk

employee, honored with assisting Sgt. Bruce Jacobs of 
the Manitowoc Police Department to protect Manitowoc 
area citizens from scammers.

One often-used scam is for the perpetrator to call a potential 
victim, posing as a relative, and asking that money 
be sent to alleviate some dire circumstance. It can 
be very convincing because of the availability of family 
information on the Internet. Rather than sending cash or 
a personal check, for safety’s sake it is suggested that the 
victim use a wire transfer service offered through

financial institutions, check cashing businesses, or large retail stores. 

“After getting literally hundreds of phone calls from people who lost thousands of dollars 
from scams,” stated Sgt. Jacobs, “I decided that public presentations, radio spots and 
newspaper articles were not reaching nearly enough people. I decided to go to the businesses 
that were wiring the money, beginning with Wal-Mart.”

Carol immediately recognized the seriousness of the situation, especially after learning 
that much of the scammed money goes to terrorists. She began to gently query customers 
who wanted to send money through the MoneyGram® service offered at Walmart to 
determine if they might be potential scam victims, and call Sgt. Jacobs if suspicions were 
raised. Carol served as a good role model, causing other WalMart employees and other 
businesses and banks to buy in to the effort. Success was soon realized. In one 52-day 
period, 24 scams were intercepted, saving $46,045.00 from going to scammers.

 “While it might be easier and less embarrassing to just complete the customers’ requests, 
Carol chose to do the right thing because she cares about people and her community,” 
said Sgt. Jacobs. “She has taken it upon herself to be a champion in preventing 
community loss through internet, lottery, family-in-need, or Money Gram scams.”