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“As a Law Enforcement Officer, my fundamental duty is to serve mankind; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the constitutional rights of all men to liberty, equality and justice.”
~ Excerpt from the Toledo Police Department’s Law Enforcement Code of Ethics
In May, the Toledo Police Department proudly swore in its 59th class. Among those taking the oath to serve and protect were Lourdes students and criminal justice majors Mitchell Mielcarek and Michael Tucker. Graduation was a special day for the 39 recruits who successfully completed training.
“It was definitely a challenge but worth it,” offers Michael. “Graduation was very fun. Each graduate was able to get a photo taken with the Chief of Police (Derrick Diggs) and with their family.” Always desiring to be a police officer since being a young kid, Michael adds, “I didn’t want a boring or desk-type of job. At first, I wanted to be a U.S. Marine but that scared my family so this was a happy medium.”
Mitchell was also drawn to this type of service-oriented career. After serving four years in the U.S. Navy with two tours in Iraq as a Field Medic with the Marines, he chose to become a Toledo Police Officer. While he says his time in Iraq was “interesting,” overall he finds both jobs “always provide something new; and we get to provide a valuable service.”
From May through September, Michael and Mitch each spent time in the field with veteran officers as part of their one-year probationary period. “Each new officer is assigned a total of four veteran officers during that period, one for each month,” notes Michael. Mitch adds that the guidance these officers provided was very helpful.
As far as their assignments, Michael works the 3:30-11:30 p.m. shift in Toledo’s north side and Mitch works the midnight shift on the city’s east side. While their work is “rewarding,” the two hope to return to Lourdes as the demanding training period required them to take some time off from school. Michael hopes to return in spring 2013.
Their future goals are similar. Both hope to eventually be members of the SWAT team. In addition, Michael looks forward to taking the sergeant’s test when it becomes available and Mitch has plans to eventually become a member of the homicide detective bureau.
Dale Lanigan, EdD, Chair of the Sociology & Justice Studies program, and Professor Larry Murphy congratulate Michael and Mitch on “their hard work and dedication as Criminal Justice (CJ) students. We are very proud of their most recent accomplishments as Toledo Police Academy (TPA) graduates. It marks the 1st time in our program’s history that 2 CJ students were accepted into a TPA class. They made the cut over hundreds of applicants. Their success is a testament to the strength and future success of Lourdes’ CJ program and graduates.”
Read more about the new class of Toledo Police recruits in the Toledo Blade: 42 begin 26-week push to become Toledo officers
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