Police Academy Graduates

SWIC photo by James Haverstick

The Southwestern Illinois College Police Academy recently celebrated the graduation of part-time Session 28. The SWIC Police Academy is an intensive academic and physical training program designed to prepare recruits to enter a career in law enforcement. It is one of only six police academies in Illinois. Graduates include: in front: Officer Justin R. Hewitt of the Brooklyn Police Department, Deputy Steven C. Herndon (of O’Fallon) of the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department and winner of the Defense Tactics Award, Officer Jeffrey D. Hammel of the Chester Police Department, Deputy Steven J. Frierdich (of O’Fallon) of the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department, Officer John P. Ciszczon of the New Douglas Police Department and class president, Deputy Dane J. Brueggemann (of Freeburg) of the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department and Officer Sydney A. Ahlmeyer of the Marine Police Department; in the second row: Officer Christopher L. McMillen of the Greenfield Police Department and Academic Honors Award winner, Officer Robert A. O’Rear of the Coulterville Police Department and recipient of Southern Illinois Police Chief’s Association Most Outstanding Officer Award and Most Improved in Physical Fitness Award, Officer Molly C. Margaritis of the Benld Police Department, Officer Andrew W. Kersting of the East Carondelet Police Department and Officer Marlyn V. Jackson of the Washington Park Police Department; in the third row: Deputy Gene P. Rowell (of Nashville) of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Officer Jonathan E. Pearce of the Thayer Police Department, Officer Abdulrahman M. Salama of the Washington Park Police Department, Officer Damarre C. Smith of the South Roxana Police Department and Officer Jonathon E. Stambaugh of the Nashville Police Department; in back: Office James F. Witcher of the Brooklyn Police Department, Office Vance E. Wilhelm of the South Roxana Police Department, Officer Timothy P. Troup of the Grantfork Police Department recipient of Best Overall in Physical Fitness Award, Officer Scott G. Stroud of the Lenzberg Police Department and Officer Joshua D. Stevens of the Nashville Police Department.