Officer Bios

Sgt. Mathew Briehan - SRO/DARE Coordinator


Hello, my name is Sergeant Matt Breihan and I have been part of the Edwardsville Police Department since August of 2002. Prior to my career as a law enforcement officer, I attended Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

My career with the Edwardsville Police Department began with my training at the Illinois State Police Academy in Springfield Illinois. During my career as a law enforcement officer I have served different functions within the department such as: Field Training Officer, Crisis Intervention Officer, Crime Scene Technician, Firearms Trainer, and Police Explorer Advisor. 

In 2014, I was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, where I supervised patrol officers in their daily activities. After my promotion, I attended Northwestern University Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command School. After graduating from the program, I successfully started the Edwardsville Police Departments first Citizen’s Police Academy. This program educates the citizens of our city on the different law enforcement functions to help them understand what we do as Police Officers.

In October of 2016, I assumed the role of the School Resource Officer/DARE Coordinator. As the SRO/DARE Coordinator, I supervise the SRO/DARE Officers and act as a liaison between the Edwardsville School District and the Edwardsville Police Department.

Officer Joy Davis - Lincoln Middle School SRO/DARE Officer

Hello, my name is Officer Joy Davis and I have been employed as a police officer for the City of Edwardsville since 1997.  13DavisSmallDuring my law enforcement career I have served as a Patrol Officer, Bicycle Officer, Ward Officer, P.A.C.T. Camp Instructor, Youth Academy Instructor and now have the privilege to serve as the School Resource Officer and DARE Officer for Lincoln Middle School.

My undergraduate work was done at Joliet Junior College and Western Illinois University and I have a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from American Public University.  I received my Law Enforcement Training at the Police Training Institute in Champaign, Illinois and have also received special training as an Illinois Juvenile Officer and a School Resource Officer (SRO), in addition to being a D.A.R.E. Instructor.

As an SRO/DARE officer specifically assigned to a school, I serve three roles: law enforcement officer; law-related counselor; and law-related & antidrug education teacher.  I am a visible active law enforcement figure on campus dealing with any law-related issues and available as a classroom resource for instruction in law related education, violence diffusion, safety programs, alcohol and drug prevention, crime prevention and other areas.


Officer Jason Hunter - DARE Officer

Hello, my name is Jason Hunter.  I graduated from SIUE with a bachelor’s degree in communications, and I have been em14HunterSmallployed as a police officer since 2003.  I started my police career in Nashville, Tennessee, attending the Metro Nashville Police Academy.  I have participated in narcotics and vice investigations and dynamic entry search warrants.   In addition, I have been an Incident Commander on many law enforcement cases and a specialized unit investigator.  While in Nashville I have received two commendations for service.  

In 2007 I was hired by the Edwardsville Police Department as a patrol officer. I then attended the Police Training Institute in Champaign, Illinois . During my law enforcement career in Edwardsville, I have served as a Patrol Officer, Beat Officer, Crisis Intervention Team Officer, and a Certified Juvenile Officer.

As a D.A.R.E. Officer I see myself as a resource for Edwardsville families.   By educating the children in drug and alcohol abuse prevention, I am working to keep Edwardsville a great place to live.   Edwardsville is my home and I am invested in keeping the families of Edwardsville safe.


 Officer Doug Renth - EHS South & Liberty SRO/DARE Officer

Hello, my name is Officer Doug Renth and I have been employed as a police officer for the 13RenthSmallCity Of Edwardsville since 1995. During my law enforcement career I have served as a Patrol Officer, School Resource Officer, DARE Officer, Patrol Shift Commander and Crime Scene Technician and now I have been assigned as a School Resource Officer for Edwardsville High School South campus and at Liberty Middle School. I am also a DARE instructor at Liberty Middle School.

I have a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and two associate degrees. I received my law enforcement training at the Illinois State Police Academy. I have also received specialized training as a Juvenile Officer, School Resource Officer and DARE Instructor.


Officer Anthony Dietz - DARE Officer


Hello! My name is Anthony Dietz and I have been a police officer with Edwardsville since 2009. I grew up in Salem, IL and when I graduated from high school I joined the United States Marine Corps. I spent 5 years in the Marine Corps and left the service in late 2003.

When I left the Marine Corps I settled in the Metro East with my wife so that I could go to college. I graduated from SIUE in 2006 with a degree in Political Science. I eventually found my way into law enforcement and started my police career in the small town of Hamel, IL.

I have a diverse background and work history. I have lived from Arizona to Okinawa. I look forward to applying my wide ranging experiences to teaching DARE to the students of the Edwardsville area. I believe that with my enthusiasm, hard work, and dedication I can help our Edwardsville DARE program continue to provide a frame work for young people to make safe and responsible choices.


Edwardsville School Resource Officer Program

The School Resource Officer (SRO) is an integral part of the DARE program.  The SRO continues the link between student and law enforcement professional at the middle school level and at the high school level.

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