Officer Ben Bloker grew up in Janesville and graduated from Janesville High School
in 1991.   He attended classes at the University of Northern Iowa before joining
the United States Navy.  After his Naval service, Officer Bloker was attending Hawkeye
Community College in the Police Science Program, when he was hired by the Waterloo
Police Department in September 1996.

Officer Bloker graduated as a member of the 155th Basic Law Enforcement Academy
at Camp Dodge. Officer
Bloker has been a member of Third Watch Patrol, the Waterloo
Police K9 Unit with K9 Aron, and as CSI for the
Patrol Division.  He is currently a
member of first Watch Patrol.   Officer Bloker is married to his wife Jen of
twenty years,
and has two sons, Luke and Drew.

According to his supervisors, Officer Bloker is a great example of a dedicated professional law enforcement officer. Officer Bloker initiates traffic enforcement, business checks,
foot patrol, and extra attention checks every day.  He takes his calls without hesitation
and is professional and cheerful on the radio when doing so.  Officer Bloker has great
communication skills with the citizens of Waterloo and is able to build rapport on each
call he goes on.  We can count on Officer Bloker every single day to handle his cases
and back up other officers without question.  He is the first to step up and help out
another officer regardless of the situation.
Congratulations Officer Bloker!


                     Officer Ben Bloker                                                         



Since 1970 there have been 43 different officers honored as "Officer of the Year".  The remaining officers

are listed below:

Year Honored Officer Year Honored Officer
    2016 Jamie Sullivan
2015 Kyle Ullom 2014 Eryn Hageman
2013 Greg Erie 2012 Brice Lippert
2011 Randy Hammitt 2010 Spencer Gann
2009 Jeff Tyler 2008 Gregory Kemp
2007 Rob Camarata 2006 Dave Bovy
2005 Matt McGeough 2004 Rob Duncan
2003 Robert Michael 2002 Steve Bagenstos
2001 Chris Gergen 2000 Cliff Caughron
1999 Verl "Skip" Johnson 1998 Jeffrey Harrington
1997 Tina Lathrop 1996 Michael McNamee
1995 Randy Chapman 1994 Jimmie Schmidt
1993 Scott Pagel 1992 Carroll Keinol
1991 Larry Coffin 1990 Cheryl Rathe
1989 Carl Teske 1988 Scott Lake
1987 Becky Christie 1986 Duane Foutch
1985 Buck Clark 1984 Rick Harned
1983 Thomas Shimp 1982 John Woods
1981 Richard Boesen 1980 A. Lynn Moller
1979 Carroll Keinol 1978 Brian Corcoran
1977 Darwin Cunningham 1976 Richard Arends
1975 Larry Thompson 1974 Michael Wagner
1970 Larry Dolan