Suburban Law Enforcement Academy Graduates Class of 39 Recruits
The Suburban Law Enforcement Academy at College of DuPage recently graduated 39 recruits representing 27 police agencies in Northern Illinois.
The ceremony honored the recruits for completing 12 weeks – 480 hours – of basic law enforcement officer training this past spring.
Six special awards were presented to the recruits. Officer Austin Robertson of the Wheeling Police Department was presented the Firearms Proficiency Award. Officer Shawn Moy of the Naperville Police Department received the Best Overall Physical Fitness Award and Officer Kiersten Trillhaase of the Highland Park Police Department received the Most Improved Physical Fitness Award. Officer Michael Kaye of the Hoffman Estates Police Department earned the Leadership Award. Officer James Koukal of the Naperville Police Department earned the Academic Achievement Award as well as the George Graves Award for being selected as the most distinguished recruit by his fellow officers in the class. All award winners received plaques with their names engraved.
The graduating recruits are as follows:
Elias Abudayeh, Elmhurst Police Department
Nijas Banushi, Naperville Police Department
Nick Binnendyk, Shorewood Police Department
Daniel Blake, Hinsdale Police Department
Brendan Cain, Northbrook Police Department
Mitchell Day, Lincolnwood Police Department
James Fatz, Northern Illinois Police Department
William Fuentes, Addison Police Department
Thomas Gagner, Downers Grove Police Department
Safik Ghogha, Highland Park Police Department
Juan Gonzalez, Hanover Park Police Department
Kevin Gray, Bartlett police Department
Eric Huffnus, Streamwood Police Department
Colin Hutchins, Clarendon Hills Police Department
Dillon Johnson, Shorewood Police Department
Robert Jones, Glenview Police Department
Gregory Karge, Downers Grove Police Department
Michael Kaye, Hoffman Estates Police Department
Joseph Kimnach, Hoffman Estates Police Department
James Koukal, Naperville Police Department
Sean Lang, Morton Grove Police Department
Abigail Lauer, Hanover Park Police Department
Fabian Limon, Hinsdale Police Department
Oscar Maldonado, Geneva Police Department
Grant McElroy, Hinsdale Police Department
Evan Moy, Bartlett Police Department
Shawn Moy, Naperville Police Department
Katie Perez, Berwyn Police Department
Jacob Roberts, Kendall County Sheriff's Office
Austin Robertson, Wheeling Police Department
Benjamin Shulman, Palatine Police Department
Timothy Sierra, Glenview Police Department
Tomasz Skrzyniarz, Morton Grove Police Department
Jeffrey Swegler, Oak Brook Police Department
Dylan Trainor, Willowbrook Police Department
Kiersten Trillhaase, Highland Park Police Department
Deanne Wasielewski, Oak Brook Police Department
Magdalena Witkowska, Mount Prospect Police Department
Kevin Wsol, Elk Grove Village Police Department
SLEA Director Michael Casey addressed the assembly of approximately 500 guests made up of the graduate's family members as well as representatives of the recruit officer's employing agencies. Thomas Brady, College of DuPage Associate Dean of Continuing Education and the Homeland Security Training Institute, congratulated the recruits on behalf of the College.
The ceremony, held in Wentz Hall at North Central College in Naperville, also featured keynote speaker Chief Robert Porter of the Downers Grove Police Department, who welcomed the recruits into the law enforcement profession.
For more information on the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy, visit the web site at www.cod.edu/slea.
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