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24 chosen from nearly 900 applicants

The Madison Police Department (MPD) is proud to announce that the 2015 Pre-Service Academy class will begin their comprehensive training on Monday, September 14th. The Recruit officers will take the oath-of-office at MPD's Training Center at 5702 Femrite Drive at 10:30 a.m. in the Auditorium.
Nearly 900 applicants competed for the twenty-four positions. The class profile reflects a group that has an average age of approximately 28 years old, nineteen hold a bachelor’s degree and five have a master’s degree or higher. All have significant life, work, and community service experiences as evidenced by examining this list: (alphabetically ordered)
1. Casey Assmann was a campus service and security officer.
2. Keil Baitinger-Peterson was employed in customer service.
3. Katherine Bland was a social worker.
4. Lars Bland was a nurse.
5. Tucker Braunschweig was a woodshop monitor.
6. James Brennan was a security guard.
7. Keith Brown was a track and field coach.
8. Austin DuCharme was employed in security.
9. Rebekah Gasper was a special education assistant.
10. Damion Figueroa was a field training officer.
11. Christopher Hagen was a program assistant.
12. Hamp Johnson was a counselor.
13. Samuel Kirby was a counselor.
14. Luke Leiterman was a construction worker.
15. Alexander Lewein was an attorney.
16. Molly McManus was a substitute teacher.
17. Amanda Poli was a clerk.
18. Cruz Ramirez was a sales representative.
19. Andres Rivera was in the US Army.
20. Renee Robinson was an economic support specialist.
21. Alyssa Souza was a teacher.
22. Jason Spielbauer was a para-educator.
23. Alexander Vogelzang was a sales specialist.
24. Lisa Wedekind was a clinical exercise psychologist.
Recruit officers will be trained in a host of topic areas including criminal law and procedure, investigations, relational skills, cultural competence, community policing and problem solving strategies, professional communications, ethics, crisis intervention, defense and arrest tactics, firearms, emergency vehicle operations, vehicle contacts and report writing. These subject areas are but a small sampling of courses that will be covered in great depth over the course of five and a half months.
Following the Pre-Service Academy, each Recruit will be paired with veteran officers for three months of practical application street training before being assigned to solo patrol in one of MPD's various districts and shifts.