The White Lake Police Department has been busy implementing new programs, receiving promotions and earning lifesaving awards.
Recently, Chief Dan Keller re-instated the department’s cadet program. The cadets’ core responsibilities will be in assisting dispatch, records and patrol. Additionally, they will assist citizens at the station filing paperwork, performing vehicle maintenance, assisting prisoners and maintaining department cleanliness, freeing officers to spend more time on patrol.
The program serves as an apprenticeship where cadets gain experience in the police field with the intent of working in law enforcement once they complete their studies.
The department’s newest cadets are Emily Ebaugh and Nickolas Johnson. Ebaugh currently attends Oakland Community College where she is pursuing a degree in criminal justice. Johnson earned an associate degree in criminology from Oakland Community College and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in criminology/law enforcement from Madonna University.
In promotions, officers Gregory Gondek and Jeff Way were promoted to sergeants. Sergeant Gondek has a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from Ferris State University and has been with the department since 2005, earning Officer of the Year in 2010. Sergeant Way has a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in criminal justice from Michigan State University. He has been with the department since 2003, earning Officer of the Year in 2016.
Dylan Matthews is the department’s newest rookie officer. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in criminology from Ferris state University and is the first police officer in his family.
New hire officer Steven Moore earned a Bachelor of Science from Eastern Michigan University and graduated from the Mott Community College Police Academy in May 2015. He formerly worked for the Genesee Township Police Department.
Sergeant Christopher Hild was promoted to lieutenant. Hild’s 94-year-old grandmother, Barb, pinned on his new lieutenant badge. Hild earned a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from Wayne State University and has been with the department since 1995.
Office Jessica Snow earned the Hundred Club of Detroit Life Saving Award after saving the life of a 74-year-old female with the quick response of CPR in late November 2016.
Both Sergeant Matthew Ivory and officer Kevan DiClaudio also earned the Hundred Club of Detroit Life Saving Award. After a male subject suffered an arterial cut on his arm, Ivory and DiClaudio applied a tourniquet. Due to their quick response, the man was able to get the necessary treatment required to save his life.