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Suburban Law Enforcement Academy Graduates Class of 49 Recruits

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The Suburban Law Enforcement Academy at College of DuPage recently graduated 49 recruits representing 35 police agencies in Northern Illinois.

The ceremony honored the recruits for completing 12 weeks -- 480 hours -- of basic law enforcement officer training which began this past fall.

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Six special awards were presented to the recruits. Officer James Irons of the Hoffman Estates Police Department was presented the Firearms Proficiency Award and the Academic Achievement Award. Officer Joseph Flinton of the Barrington Police Department received the Best Overall Physical Fitness Award and Officer Meng-Hsiu Chan of the Bartlett Police Department received the Most Improved Physical Fitness Award. Officer Brandt Cappitelli of the Elmhurst Police Department earned the Leadership Award. Officer Brad Duffy of the Streamwood Police Department earned 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:

Ryan Abad, Elk Grove Village Police Department

Ken Albro, Elk Grove Village Police Department

Nicolas Baca, Oak Brook Police Department

Anthony Baratti, Libertyville Police Department

Sarah Barham, Cary Police Department

Evan Boros, Cary Police Department

Christopher Brubaker, Glencoe Department of Public Safety

Dominic Buzzelli, Naperville Police Department

Skyy Calice, Aurora Police Department

Brandt Cappitelli, Elmhurst Police Department

Kawnica Carroll, Naperville Police Department

Meng-Hsiu Chan, Bartlett Police Department

Salvador Contreras, Aurora Police Department

Colleen Cooney, Elmhurst Police Department

Thomas Coughlin, Burbank Police Department

Brian Daliege, Oak Forest Police Department

James Dicrescenzo, Glencoe Police Department

Christopher Don, Rolling Meadows Police Department

Brad Duffy, Streamwood Police Department

Joseph Flinton, Barrington Police Department

Timothy Graves, Tinley Park Police Department

Beata Grzymkowska, Broadview Police Department

Eric Gustason, Northbrook Police Department

Timothy Hain, Elk Grove Village Police Department

James Irons, Hoffman Estates Police Department

Devin Ladesic, Wheeling Police Department

Dan Launhardt, Hoffman Estates Police Department

Jose Lopez, Willowbrook Police Department

Scott Lubiak, Villa Park Police Department

Tamra Lundy, Wheaton Police Department

Louis Masucci, South Holland Police Department

Hugh McCorkle, Chicago Heights Police Department

Travis Meeks, Palatine Police Department

Michael Mendyk, Winfield Police Department

Paul Mikolajczak, Montgomery Police Department

Roberto Miroballi, Wheaton Police Department

McKenna O'Kray, Geneva Police Department

Thoams Ortega, Naperville Police Department

Mark Pfeiffer, Crystal Lake Police Department

Joel Rudnick, Willowbrook Police Department

Lauren Schnell, Lincolnwood Police Department

Marc Shaw, Hoffman Estates Police Department

Alexander Snapp, Warrenville Police Department

Anthony Tangorra, Crystal Lake Police Department

Joevani Torres, Skokie Police Department

Patrick Vogt, Winfield Police Department

Robert Witt, Woodridge Police Department

Miguel Zamudio, Hanover Park Police Department

Gregory Zurawski, Skokie Police Department

SLEA Director Michael Casey addressed the assembly of approximately 500 guests made up of the graduates' family members as well as representatives of the recruit officer's employing agencies. The keynote speaker was Chief James Black of the Crystal Lake Police Department, who welcomed the graduates to the law enforcement profession.

The ceremony was held in the Student Resource Center at College of DuPage. For more information on the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy, visit the web site at www.cod.edu/slea.

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