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Suburban Law Enforcement Academy Graduates Class of 51 Recruits

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The Suburban Law Enforcement Academy at College of DuPage recently graduated 51 recruits representing 37 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 spring.

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Six special awards were presented to the recruits. Officer Brian Bastian of the Broadview Police Department was presented the Firearms Proficiency Award. Officer Ognjen Saric of the Mount Prospect Police Department and Katrina Smolarczyk of the Wheeling Police Department shared the Academic Achievement Award. Officer Andrew Kolodziej of the Addison Police Department received the Best Overall Physical Fitness Award and Officer Alexander Wagner of the Woodridge Police Department received the Most Improved Physical Fitness Award. Officer Kevin Lackey of the Evergreen Park Police Department earned the Leadership Award. Officer Ryan Harrison of the Glencoe Department of Public Safety 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:

Nikki Arroyo, Hanover Park Police Department

Alex Bandas, Highland Park Police Department

Brian Bastian, Broadview Police Department

Bartosz Bazan, Glenview Police Department

Emily Beck, Aurora University Police Department

Kevin Berland, Hinsdale Police Department

Samantha Bishop, Tinley Park Police Department

Zach Carney, Elmhurst Police Department

Michael Ciupka, Hanover Park Police Department

Garrick Corder, Lake County Sheriff's Office

Michael Crowe, Morton Grove Police Department

Quentin Davie, Deerfield Police Department

Andrew Derry, Aurora Police Department

David Emrich, Crystal Lake Police Department

Jeffrey Fabis, Huntley Police Department

Timothy Gannon, Round Lake Beach Police Department

Kevin Gauer, Hanover Park Police Department

Thomas Gilbert, Addison Police Department

Kathryn Gordon, Lake County Sheriff's Office

Ryan Harrison, Glencoe Department of Public Safety

Phillip Hernandez, Mount Prospect Police Department

Rachel Heyde, Libertyville Police Department

Justin Hough, Morton Grove Police Department

Jason Kidd, Palatine Police Department

Andrew Kolodziej, Addison Police Department

Brian Kruschke, Northlake Police Department

Joseph Kurpiel, Skokie Police Department

Jeffrey Kutschke, Wilmette Police Department

Kevin Lackey, Evergreen Park Police Department

Shane Long, Skokie Police Department

Michael Maloney, Crystal Lake Police Department

Chris Murphy, Round Lake Police Department

Joseph Pastick, Darien Police Department

Bret Potter, Wheeling Police Department

Michael Rojas, Countryside Police Department

Richard Romani, Downers Grove Police Department

Alex Ruffolo, Addison Police Department

Ricardo Sarabia, Bellwood Police Department

Ognjen Saric, Mount Prospect Police Department

Robert Sbarboro, Batavia Police Department

Jessica Sexton, Skokie Police Department

Katrina Smolarczyk, Wheeling Police Department

Adrian Stapor, Chicago Heights Police Department

Benjamin Steinmetz, Streamwood Police Department

Robert Toussaint, Morton Grove Police Department

Martin Vega, Elgin Police Department

Alexander Wagner, Woodridge Police Department

Jonathan Walker, Barrington Police Department

Latasha Williams, Elgin Police Department

Paul Wrona, Northlake Police Department

Mark Zajac, Shorewood 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 officers' employing agencies. The keynote speaker was Chief Brian King of the Wilmette 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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