Deputy Wolcott struts out of school like it’s 1991


Deputy Wolcott

Julianna Marlow and Catelyn Thomas

     Deputy Wolcott left Osceola High in 1991, with hopes to be an accountant, but his life took a different route instead. For the past 23 years, Deputy Wolcott has been in law enforcement. In 1996, he was accepted into the police academy. He explained, “If you fail anything in the police academy, you’re out and it costs a lot of money to fail.” He shared multiple encounters he has had with a variety of people. He said, “The most memorable stuff is always the worst stuff.” Deputy Wolcott has been in multiple high-speed car chases, countless domestic calls, and witnessed some deaths. But he explained that learning to talk to people is the hardest. Wolcott said, “Sometimes we have to let people vent, but as a cop I do have to take charge.”

     Deputy Wolcott came back to Osceola in 2018, but this time not as a student. Wolcott has been an SRO for 6 years, and he said he enjoyed his job here because there is not as much conflict compared to out in the real world. He described the school as “its own little city”. He shared that “there’s always the few kids that don’t like me,” but overall, he enjoyed his days spent at Osceola. Although Wolcott loved his job working at the school, Friday will be his last day as he is moving on to be a trainer for his department. 



     Deputy Wolcott has been a deputy for more than two dozen years, but this week he is going back to training.  This time, though, it’s to be the teacher. He announced that he will be leaving Osceola on Friday to start his new journey that he has been working toward for years. Being a cop wasn’t always Wolcott’s destiny. He went to collage to become an accountant, but with his whole family being a cop, that destiny turning into law enforcement. Wolcott started his process by going through the Police Academy, followed by background checks and 30 college credit hours. “You need to look ahead,” said Wolcott.  “You must study if you fail; you’re out.” After that, there are state tests and you must pass all five. “If you fail one, you start over”. Once Wolcott got to do his dream job, he noticed that it is not at all like the movies. The movies don’t cover the real-life stuff; only the interesting cases.