SLEA Graduates Class of 38 Recruits
The Suburban Law Enforcement Academy at College of DuPage recently graduated 38 recruits representing 28 police agencies in Northern Illinois who completed 12 weeks (480 hours) of basic law enforcement officer training.
Six special awards were presented to members of the graduating class. Officer Peter Konow of the Westmont Police Department was presented the Firearms Proficiency Award as well as the Best Overall Physical Fitness Award. Officer Michael Todd of the Palatine Police Department earned the Academic Achievement Award as well as the Most Improved Physical Fitness Award. Officer Maxwell Taylor of the Rolling Meadows Department earned the Leadership Award. Officer Jason Gutierrez of the Burbank Police Department was awarded the George Graves Award for being selected as the most distinguished recruit by his officers in the class. All award winners received plaques with their names engraved.
Konow, also the Class President, provided words of encouragement and continued success during his speech. Class supervisors Sergeant Robert Lee of the Naperville Police Department, Officer Steve Wright of the Elmhurst Police Department and Deputy George Love of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office reflected on the past 12 weeks of intense training.
The Keynote Speaker, Chief Michael Ruth of the Elmhurst Police Department, welcomed the graduates as they enter the law enforcement profession. Each recruit’s name and department was then called out as they walked across the stage and accepted their training certificate from the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy. Some recruits had the privilege of having their certificates presented to them by a current or retired family member who served in the Criminal Justice field.
For more information on the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy, visit the web site at www.cod.edu/slea.
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