Wigan is newest officer to patrol Brandon

By: 
Jamie Hult, Staff writer

Kyle Zigan is the 13th officer on the Brandon Police roster. Jamie Hult/BV Journal

Jamie Hult

Staff writer

 

You may have noticed a new face in the passenger seat of patrol cars in recent weeks. 

The Brandon Police Department has upped its staff to 13 with the addition of Minnesota native Kyle Zigan.

The 23-year-old is riding along with BPD veterans and getting a feel for the city. In December, he’ll be paired with a Field Training Officer (FTO). 

“I’m enjoying the diversity of the job. You go in your car and face new challenges every day, and you’re never sure what’s going to come through the radio,” Zigan said. 

He graduated in 2016 from Bemidji State University, five hours north of his hometown of Rochester, Minn., with a B.S. in criminal justice and a minor in environmental studies. 

“I thought about DNR (Dakota Natural Resources) conservation studies,” Zigan admitted. “But when I interned with Rochester, it kind of turned me on to policing.”

He solidified his decision with the 10-week law enforcement skills program at Alexandria Technical & Community College. 

Brandon began looking for its next officer from a pool of 54 applicants, 40 of whom came in to take the initial tests earlier this fall. Test scores and interviews whittled the candidates down to 12, and then to six and, finally, just one. 

“We were impressed with Kyle’s education and the presence he displayed during the interview,” said Chief Dave Kull. “You go through and try to find the best person suited to the department, and he was it.”

Zigan moved to Brandon Nov. 9 and got into uniform the following week. 

He’s feeling like this department is the right fit for him, too.

“I like that it’s a smaller department and you get to know everybody on a personal level. That’s what I was looking for,” Zigan said. “It’s a smaller community, but with Sioux Falls right there, you have everything available to you.”

The second of three boys, he enjoys hunting, fishing and shooting baskets. He says South Dakota is much like Minnesota, with one extra perk: people can hunt pheasant near the road here, as the hobby is much more restricted where he’s from. 

Zigan will take a reciprocity test in early 2018 to determine if he can opt out of attending police academy in Pierre next year. 

 
 

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