Minot's detective sergeant retires after 28 years of service

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MINOT N.D. - After 28 years of service, Detective Sgt. Jay Laudenschlager retired from the Minot Police Department.

The police department hosted a retirement party in Laudenshlager's honor Tuesday and Police Chief Jason Olson presented him with plaques with the city badge on them.

Laudenshlager started his career with the Bottineau sheriff's department, then two years later joined the Minot Police Department as a patrol officer.

He was a member of the tactical team, and was a K-9 handler with his partner Zoey for many years and then promoted to sergeant.

He says with nearly 30 years of experience, his advice to new officers is to follow your heart.

“Do what you have to do. Don't worry about the uniform so much, don't worry about the public so much. Do what's in your heart and do what you have to do and you'll do right,” said Laudenshlager.

Laudenschlager says he has plans to work but for right now he says he is going to enjoy retirement.