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27 citizens graduate from 2019 Citizens Police Academy

Accomplishment marked with certificates and cake

by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (March 23, 2019) – After 10 weeks of two-hour classes, members of the 2019 Citizens Police Academy gathered in the courtroom at Lansing Police headquarters on March 20 to receive their certificates along with words of encouragement from Lt. Scott Bailey, who led the class, and Chief Dennis Murrin.

Deputy Chief Steve Roberts played “Pomp and Circumstance” on his smartphone while Lt. Bailey called the names and Mayor Patty Eidam presented the certificates. The Class of 2019 included:

  1. Dawn Bailey
  2. Robert Bailey
  3. Jean Britton
  4. Douglas Cable
  5. Brenda Chapman
  6. Robert Chapman
  7. Sandra De Vries
  8. Renee Dykstra
  9. Sylvia Gutch
  10. Jaqueline Herrera
  11. Katrina McGee
  12. Thomas McSwiggan
  13. Shelia Mills
  14. Erin Nauta
  15. Catherine Knetl
  16. Gregory Parran II
  17. Kathleen Przybyl
  18. Jamica Quillin
  19. Janet Rokita
  20. Vivian Sarbieski
  21. Tom Stallinga
  22. Terri Stallinga
  23. Kelsee Stallinga
  24. Altheria Turner
  25. Paul Turner
  26. Clara Wells
  27. Joseph Wells

Following the ceremony, classmates gathered in the atrium for generous servings of graduation cake, coffee, and cola.

Lt. Scott Bailey (far right) announced the name of each graduate as part of the ceremony. Bailey has led the revitalized Citizens Police Academy for two years. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Mayor Eidam (right) was on hand to congratulate each graduate and present the certificates. Here she congratulates Graduate Vivian Sarbieski. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Human Relations Commissioner Jamica Quillin (red shirt) was part of the Class of 2019. From left, her children (daughter Sheyla Quillin and son Marc Quillin, Jr) and mother (Theresa Jamison) attended the ceremony to watch her graduate. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Graduate Shelia Mills (right) gained appreciation for the work of Sgt. Scott Butler and other members of the force. She expressed her personal thanks by bringing a homemade pound cake to the department. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Graduates were honored with an official Citizens Police Academy cake. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

The Lansing Police Department plans to offer another Citizens Police Academy next January, though if enough interest is expressed, they may offer it more than once a year. For more information, or to be put on the waiting list, contact Lt. Scott Bailey:

Classes are held at the Lansing Police Department, 2710 170th Street in Lansing.


Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.