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Four-time LEEP scholar gets her first job with paid training

— By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor Lena Illig was the first Law Enforcement Education Program (LEEP) Dream Scholar to receive a scholarship each of her four years of college. Now that’s she graduated, Illig reached out to LEEP to give thanks for helping her achieve her dream of becoming a Police Officer. “I wanted to inform you and the scholarship committee that I was finally hired as a Law Enforcement Office ...

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First Wayne County Regional Police Academy grad receives LEEP Award

— By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor The Wayne County Regional Police Academy selected their first LEEP Award recipient, providing the pre-service cadet with $2,000 to help pay for her academy training. The Law Enforcement Education Program (LEEP) Award was presented to Jennifer Ratliff during the Nov. 9, 2017 graduation ceremony at Schoolcraft College in Livonia. “This is the first one we gave out to Schoolcra ...

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Police academy grad’s dedication pays off with LEEP Award

— By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor John D’Amico took the necessary steps to prepare for and put himself through the Law Enforcement Regional Training Academy (LERTA) and his initiative showed in his academic and training performance. “I already had my associate’s in Criminal Justice from Oakland Community College,” D’Amico said of the degree he completed in 2015. “I’ve been working security full time. I’ve be ...

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Oakland Police Academy grad earns LEEP Award, hired as Deputy

— By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor Thomas McClure has no previous law enforcement experience, but his proven abilities at Oakland Police Academy earned him a $2,000 Law Enforcement Education Program (LEEP) Award and a full-time Deputy job immediately after graduation. “He worked very hard in the academy and was well-liked by his peers,” said Oakland Police Academy Director David Ceci. McClure was one of 36 pr ...

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Macomb Academy grad earns LEEP Award, hired by MSP

— By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor Derek Staelgraeve dreamed of becoming a Michigan State Police (MSP) Trooper, but after he applied, he didn’t wait around to be hired. He paid his way through Macomb Police Academy. So he was grateful when he received a Law Enforcement Education Program (LEEP) Award of $2,000 to help with those costs. “It meant a lot because, going through the academy, I didn’t exactly have m ...

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2017 LEEP Dream Scholars

LEEP awards Michigan, national 'Dream' Scholars — By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor TROY, MI — Law Enforcement Education Program (LEEP) Dream Scholarships doubled to $2,000 each this year and a record number of top students interested in public safety careers will receive the college scholarships to encourage their pursuit of law enforcement/public safety careers. The professional public safety officers of LEE ...

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LEEP Award ‘tremendous help’ to Mott police academy graduate

— By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor Garrett Guest left his job to successfully complete the Law Enforcement Regional Training Academy at Mott Community College. So when he was given the Law Enforcement Education Program (LEEP) $2,000 Award, he couldn’t have been more thankful. [caption id="attachment_3099" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo courtesy of Mott Community CollegePOLC Executive Committee member Co ...

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LEEP Award recipient is passionate about law enforcement

— By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor Ryan Nicley was having a hard time deciding if he wanted to be a police officer or a teacher. He listened to advice to pursue the latter, but after a couple years in college he knew he made the wrong choice. “Coming out of high school it was either teacher or police officer. I listened to some outside opinions and I let that influence me,” Nicley said. “I was headed towards ...

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LEEP Awards continue legacy of former Macomb College Police Director

— By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor The man who led the charge to honor police academy graduates who excel in the academy while bearing all of the tuition costs themselves recently retired, but his efforts continue to pay off. Aaron Coates, 24, is the last Macomb Police Academy graduate to be awarded the Law Enforcement Education Program (LEEP) Award while Tom Wilk was Director of Macomb College Police. Wilk r ...

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OCC’s new director taught latest LEEP Award recipient

— By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor The new Director of Law Enforcement Training at Oakland Community College enjoyed teaching recent Law Enforcement Education Program (LEEP) Award recipient Alex Linke. “I taught at the academy for 14 years before I got this job,” said Lt. Dave Ceci. “I teach defensive tactics and physical fitness. I’m with (the cadets) quite a bit. He was a great recruit.” [caption id="attach ...

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