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Good first impression lands Oakland Academy grad LEEP Award, Officer job

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: September 13, 2019

– By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor

Nicholas Shoemaker made a good impression at Oakland Police Academy right from the start. His hard work and demeanor landed him a $1,000 Law Enforcement Education Program (LEEP) Award and a full-time Police Officer position with Royal Oak Police Department.

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Oakland Police Academy Director David Ceci (left) presents Nicholas Shoemaker with his LEEP Award.

“He’ll be able to graduate in uniform,” said Oakland Police Academy Director David Ceci. “Royal Oak came in to recruit in Week 2 of the academy. I said, ‘That young man right there, that’s the one you want to look at.’ He’s that solid of an individual. He was just so respectful … and I got a good read from him right away. He has not disappointed from that first couple of weeks – he’s been solid the whole time.”

Royal Oak PD kept Shoemaker in mind and offered him the position at the end of academy. Shoemaker was one of 20 non-sponsored cadets in a class of 33 who graduated June 14.

The 23-year-old was chosen for the LEEP Award, which is given to a non-sponsored recruit based on peer evaluations, academic performance and overall skills. “He’s honestly a well-rounded person, but I think one of his strongest characteristics is he is a nice guy,” Ceci said. “He’s professional, he’s kind, he is smart, and he’s well spoken. People take a liking to him because of the way he carries himself.”

“I was really honored to get (the LEEP Award),” Shoemaker said. “I think we had a really good group of cadets and it was great to learn from all of them. I’m a humble guy and it makes me feel good that the instructors and director saw something in me. I put my all into everything I did at the academy.”

Shoemaker, who graduated Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, was also chosen for the MCOLES Outstanding Recruit Award.

“He is a hard worker. When things got tough, he never complained,” Ceci said. “He leads by example.”

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