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Suburban Law Enforcement Academy Graduates Class of 59 Recruits

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The Suburban Law Enforcement Academy at College of DuPage recently graduated 59 recruits representing 38 police agencies in Northern Illinois.

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

Six special awards were presented to the recruits. Officer Jonathan Sokolnik of the Wilmette Police Department was presented the Firearms Proficiency Award. Officer Rebecca Loeb of the Libertyville Police Department was presented with the Academic Achievement Award. Officer Thomas Barkei of the Morton Grove Police Department received the Best Overall Physical Fitness Award and Officer Brett Lettieri of the Northlake Police Department received the Most Improved Physical Fitness Award and the Leadership Award. Officer Andrew Pratt of the Evergreen Park 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:

Steven Attanasio, Northbrook Police Department

Thomas Barkei, Morton Grove Police Department

Peter Batitas, Kane County Sheriff's Office

Adam Beaty, Shorewood Police Department

Steven Bellaria, Addison Police Department

Sebastian Cardenas, Streamwood Police Department

Kevin Conroy, Glenview Police Department

Robert Dolan, Maywood Police Department

Jennifer Dollins, Darien Police Department

Devin Dorsey, Libertyville Police Department

Robert Forshall, Palatine Police Department

Brooke Frantzen, Kane County Sheriff's Office

Angela Garza, Elk Grove Village Police Department

Chris Giglio, Naperville Police Department

Robert Hawco, Glendale Heights Police Department

Cara Huinker, Winnetka Police Department

Anthony Hull, Montgomery Police Department

Ana Juarez, Park Ridge Police Department

Sarah Kaishas, Tinley Park Police Department

Steven Kazak, Addison Police Department

Jordan Koziel, Naperville Police Department

Brett Lettieri, Northlake Police Department

Rebecca Loeb, Libertyville Police Department

Matthew Lyons, Round Lake Park Police Department

Ben Martinez, Maywood Police Department

Ian McCord, Highland Park Police Department

Craig McPherson, Streamwood Police Department

Alyson Mercer, Clarendon Hills Police Department

Zachary Middleton, Tinley Park Police Department

Mark Miljan, Arlington Heights Police Department

Hugo Montes DeOca, Skokie Police Department

David Morales, Elk Grove Village Police Department

Daniel O'Dwyer, Addison Police Department

Drew Parker, Crystal Lake Police Department

Matthew Pearson, South Holland Police Department

Jonathan Pellegrino, DuPage County Forest Preserve Police Department

Roberto Pesa, Warrenville Police Department

Jeffery Petersen, Libertyville Police Department

Thomas Riley, Rolling Meadows Police Department

Matthew Placek, Glendale Heights Police Department

Andrew Pratt, Evergreen Park Police Department

Rebecca Quinn, Northlake Police Department

John Rivera, Roselle Police Department

Walter Rodriguez, Round Lake Park Police Department

Chris Schaefer, Naperville Police Department

Jonathan Schmidt, Morton Grove Police Department

Joy Schuble, Northern Illinois University Police Department

Ashlee Sellig, Western Springs Police Department

Jonathan Shepard, Round Lake Park Police Department

Michael Slager, West Dundee Police Department

Jonathan Sokolnik, Wilmette Police Department

Kyle Stanish, Roselle Police Department

Andrerw Stern, Lombard Police Department

Sean Stretch, Glendale Heights Police Department

Steve Unger, Streamwood Police Department

Christopher Vallis, Naperville Police Department

Alison Valois, Bensenville Police Department

Will Werneske, South Elgin Police Department

Adam Worthington, Northbrook Police Department

SLEA Director Michael Casey addressed the assembly of approximately 700 guests made up of the graduates' family members as well as representatives of the recruit officer's employing agencies. The keynote speaker was Chief Steve Neubauer of the Tinley Park Police Department, who welcomed the graduates to the law enforcement profession.

The ceremony was held in the McAninch Arts 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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