New officer joins Fraser/Winter Park Police Department |

New officer joins Fraser/Winter Park Police Department


Michael Hanschke, 36, is the newest police officer to join the Fraser/Winter Park Police Department. He was hired Nov. 25.

Hanschke was born in Illinois and grew up in Littleton. He currently lives in Highlands Ranch near Denver with his wife, Margo, and two children, Lorelei, 3, and Brendan, 3.

1. What is your background in police training?

I went through field training with the academy at Lakewood Police Department, and then (my family and I) decided we wanted to go somewhere different. We picked Orlando, Fla., but there was a two-year hiring freeze. In the meantime I worked security for Universal Studios at a night club, and different construction jobs. When we moved back … I got recertified (as a police officer) in Colorado.

2. Why did you choose the Fraser/Winter Park Police Department?

Partly because there was an opening. (Chuckles) Plus, I was looking to do something smaller. I looked at Denver and the larger cities … (but) I wanted to get to know the people better. In a smaller community, you get to be more involved in different situations and cases.

3. Anything stick out about Winter Park and Fraser so far?

Yes. The community actually responds more positively to the police department than I found anywhere else. Typically they don’t like us, but here it’s different.

4. What is your weapon of choice?

My sidearm. It’s a Sig Sauer. I’ve carried it for nine years. I trust it.

5. What is your favorite part of the job?

Being able to interact with the community.

6. What’s your least favorite?


7. What talents do you have?

I do woodworking , make furniture, a lot of construction on houses. I have a bachelor of arts degree in theater. I did a lot of acting in college, and a few things outside of college ” community theater mostly.

8. Hobbies?

I don’t have much time anymore for hobbies because of my kids. But I still enjoy building things, woodworking, spending time with my family, watching movies, and playing with my kids.

9. In light of the chief of police completing an FBI Training Camp, do you think you can outrun Glen in a 6 mile run?

(Laughs). Right now, I doubt it. I haven’t had to run for quite a while. I do try to keep in shape, but running has not been one of the things I’ve been working on. Great ” now people will know I’m the cop they can run from.

” To reach Stephanie Miller, call (970) 887-3334, ext. 19601 or e-mail

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