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Suburban Law Enforcement Academy graduates 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.

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.

• 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:

Addison Police Department: Thomas Gilbert, Andrew Kolodziej, and Alex Ruffolo

Aurora Police Department: Andrew Derry

Aurora University Police Department: Emily Beck

Batavia Police Department: Robert Sbarboro

Barrington Police Department: Jonathan Walker

Bellwood Police Department: Ricardo Sarabia

Broadview Police Department: Brian Bastian

Chicago Heights Police Department: Adrian Stapor

Crystal Lake Police Department: David Emrich and Michael Maloney

Countryside Police Department: Michael Rojas

Darien Police Department: Joseph Pastick

Deerfield Police Department: Quentin Davie

Downers Grove Police Department: Richard Romani

Elgin Police Department: Latasha Williams and Martin Vega

Elmhurst Police Department: Zach Carney

Evergreen Park Police Department: Kevin Lackey

Glencoe Department of Public Safety: Ryan Harrison

Glenview Police Department: Bartosz Bazan

Hanover Park Police Department: Nikki Arroyo, Michael Ciupka, and Kevin Gauer

Highland Park Police Department: Alex Bandas

Hinsdale Police Department: Kevin Berland

Huntley Police Department: Jeffrey Fabis

Lake County Sheriff's Office: Garrick Corder and Kathryn Gordon

Libertyville Police Department: Rachel Heyde

Morton Grove Police Department: Michael Crowe, Justin Hough, and Robert Toussaint

Mount Prospect Police Department: Phillip Hernandez and Ognjen Saric

Northlake Police Department: Brian Kruschke and Paul Wrona

Palatine Police Department: Jason Kidd

Round Lake Police Department: Chris Murphy

Round Lake Beach Police Department: Timothy Gannon

Shorewood Police Department: Mark Zajac

Skokie Police Department: Joseph Kurpiel, Shane Long and Jessica Sexton

Streamwood Police Department: Benjamin Steinmetz

Tinley Park Police Department: Samantha Bishop

Wheeling Police Department: Bret Potter and Katrina Smolarczyk

Wilmette Police Department: Jeffrey Kutschke

Woodridge Police Department: Alexander Wagner

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