SLEA Graduates Class of 43 Recruits

SLEA graduating class

The Suburban Law Enforcement Academy at College of DuPage recently graduated 43 recruits representing 30 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 summer.

Six special awards were presented to the recruits. Officer Daniel Slocum of the Oswego Police Department was presented the Firearms Proficiency Award and the Academic Achievement Award. Officer Brock Larkin of the Huntley Police Department received the Best Overall Physical Fitness Award and Officer Theresa Wollgast of the Braidwood Police Department received the Most Improved Physical Fitness Award. Officer Danny Rios of the Aurora Police Department earned the Leadership Award. Officer Michael Recupito of the Schaumburg 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:

Andrew Anderson, Elwood Police Department
Evelyn Bona, Park Forest Police Department
Jeff Brenka, Berwyn Police Department
Jeff Brown, Palatine Police Department
Tom Brubaker, Addison Police Department
Carol Camacho, Darien Police Department
Daniel Djukic, Elmhurst Police Department
Paul Dublinski, Northwestern University Police Department
Ray Duncker, Skokie Police Department
Michael Essig, Burr Ridge Police Department
Alex Fairall, Hoffman Estates Police Department
Richard Foytik, Stickney Police Department
Andrew Gagner, Brookfield Police Department
Angel Garcia, Aurora Police Department
Jonathan Garrity, Park Forest Police Department
David Gryczewski, Elmhurst Police Department
Kyle Hallett, DuPage County Forest Preserve Police Department
James Jachymiak, Park Forest Police Department
Michael Kieca, Lincolnwood Police Department
Eric Kistler, Bartlett Police Department
Brock Larkin, Huntley Police Department
Charles Levy, Round Lake Police Department
Timothy Madden, Naperville Police Department
Reinier Marfil, Roselle Police Department
William Melendez, Aurora Police Department
Matthew Michaels, Burbank Police Department
Luis Nunez, Lincolnwood Police Department
Joe Parker, Glendale Heights Police Department
Gabriel Perez, Kane County Sheriff’s Office
Eric Puchalski, Warrenville Police Department
Michael Recupito, Schaumburg Police Department
Mike Redmann, Braidwood Police Department
Danny Rios, Aurora Police Department
Thomas Robideau, Schaumburg Police Department
Daniel Rowe, Huntley Police Department
Timothy Scanlan, Arlington Heights Police Department
Daniel Slocum, Oswego Police Department
Jeremy Spirakes, Park Forest Police Department
Joseph Stranski, Hanover Park Police Department
Troy Suarez, Palatine Police Department
William Thrun, Warrenville Police Department
Meghan Vold, Park Forest Police Department
Theresa Wollgast, Braidwood 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 Sheriff Pat Perez of the Kane County Sheriff’s Office, who welcomed the graduates to the law enforcement profession.

The ceremony was held at Abbington Banquets in Glen Ellyn. For more information on the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy, visit the web site at www.cod.edu/slea.