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LEEP Award humbles police academy graduate

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: February 27, 2020

By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor

Alexander Mutchler is off to a great start in his career securing a full-time Officer position with the West Bloomfield Police Department upon graduation from Wayne County Regional Police Training Academy.

A $1,000 LEEP Award will help him in that endeavor. “It was just a phenomenal award. I’m very humbled by that award,” he said. “It definitely helps with getting into a new career and with the academy expenses.”

Mutchler graduated Nov. 8, 2019 in his West Bloomfield Police uniform. Out of a class of 48, he was one of the 28 pre-service cadets.

Photo courtesy of Wayne County Regional Police Training Academy
LEEP Award winner Alexander Mutchler also received the MCOLES Outstanding Performance Award when he graduated from Wayne County Regional Police Training Academy.

“He was just stellar in everything he did,” said the Schoolcraft College Police Academy Director Anthony Mencotti. “He was voted Captain by his peers the last four weeks of the academy. Physically he was one of the top guys. He was a standout academically. He was in the fifth place out of 48 recruits. With a 91 percent class average, he received the MCOLES Outstanding Performance Award.”

Mutchler also received a $500 Class Leadership Award from Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police. “We take the top eight people pre-service and they’re judged by leadership, performance and academics,” Mencotti said.

The 26-year-old obtained a Criminal Justice bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University. He served with the U.S. Coast Guard from 2015-19, where he was a Boarding Officer. His ultimate goal was law enforcement, like his father Todd Mutchler, Director of Public Safety in Northville Township and former Canton Public Safety Director. “As soon as I got out, I went straight to the academy,” Mutchler said.

“I definitely couldn’t have done it without the support of my family and without the command staff at the academy building me up to the Police Officer I am today,” he said.

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