DOJ-DCI Special Agent in Charge Giese receives national award

Cindy Giese, center left, was recognized for her work with drug endangered children

Wisconsin Department of Justice-Division of Criminal Investigation Special Agent in Charge Cindy Giese was recognized last week at the National Drug Endangered Children’s (DEC) Conference held in Charleston, West Virginia. She received the “National DEC Collaborative Leadership Award” or demonstrating professional leadership and personal commitment to advancing interagency collaboration and innovative strategies for serving drug endangered children and their families.


Cindy has been a law enforcement officer in Wisconsin for 32 years and is currently the supervisor of the DOJ-DCI Wausau Office.  In addition to that busy job, she is also the Statewide Coordinator of the Wisconsin Drug Endangered Children (DEC) program, which she led the effort to create back in 2004. Today, Cindy provides DEC training not only throughout Wisconsin but also across the nation, and she has become a nationally recognized expert on issues related to drug endangered children and local DEC alliance development. Just in the state of Wisconsin, Cindy has helped start 48 active local DEC alliances. This is an amazing accomplishment and would be impressive regardless, but what is also noteworthy is the way in which she and the WI DEC Alliance has been working with the Native American Tribes in the state. Together its members have developed DEC Programs in their tribal communities. Of the 48 local DEC alliances, five of them are local Tribal DEC alliances.


Because of Cindy’s dedication to our state and to drug endangered children, communities across Wisconsin have embraced the DEC mission and are using the collaborative DEC approach and sustaining it with local and tribal DEC alliances.  Cindy has also dedicated her time to assist others across the nation in their DEC efforts and continues to be a champion for DEC every day. Cindy recently joined the Board of Directors of National DEC, and in that role she will continue to spread the DEC mission across the nation.  Cindy is a passionate supporter of the DEC mission and she exemplifies Collaborative DEC Leadership.


"I am proud on behalf of DOJ and the state of Wisconsin to honor DOJ-DCI Special Agent in Charge Cindy Giese," said Attorney General Brad Schimel. "Cindy goes so above and beyond and deserves not only this award but the acknowledgment from the community and her peers of the exemplary work she does daily."