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LEEP Award recipient recognized for excelling at police academy

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: October 14, 2020

Photos courtesy of WCRPTA
Kayla Norgan (right) was honored by Plymouth Police Chief Al Cox with the LEEP Award among other honors at WCRPTA graduation.

By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor

Kayla Norgan was rewarded for her dedication and work ethic as a Wayne County Regional Police Training Academy (WCRPTA) graduate. She received a Law Enforcement Education Program Award (LEEP) and two academy scholarships.

“She excelled at all aspects of the academy. She worked extremely hard,” said WCRPTA Director Anthony Mencotti. “She gave a 110 percent at everything she did. She was an outstanding recruit with a great attitude.”

The $1,000 LEEP Award will come in handy while Norgan, applies for law enforcement positions.

“I plan on applying it toward some of my college education loans from Lake State and Schoolcraft,” she said. “It was the only scholarship I’ve gotten besides the two from the academy. I was definitely surprised when I heard my name called.”

In a graduating class of 38 on July 2, Norgan was one of 20 pre-service cadets, who paid their own tuition. She received the Kehrl Academic Excellence Award of $150 from Schoolcraft College Foundation and the $2,500 Patrick O’Rouke Scholarship. A West Bloomfield Sergeant who died in the line of duty, O’Rourke was a graduate of WCRPTA.

With a 3.90 GPA, Norgan held a 91.7 class average in the academy. She received her associate degree in Criminal Justice from Alpena Community College and her bachelor’s in Law Enforcement and Homeland Security from Lake Superior State University.

Norgan was a leader in her class, overseeing that other recruits had their homework completed and materials turned in on time.

“She was a Team Sergeant and Recruit of the Week,” Mencotti said. “As Team Sergeant she has to make sure her team is on time and prepared to carry out the daily activity and make sure their uniforms are neat and clean, shoes are shined, and men are clean shaven.”

With COVID-19 shutting down the academy for two months, Norgan was impressed with the measures taken to keep students safe when they returned. “We had to wear masks and were six feet apart in the classroom,” she said, adding masks were worn during training activities as well. “I think they did a great job with trying to accommodate and make it as normal as possible with everything going on.”

The graduation ceremony was performed without guests. “They live streamed it so parents, families and friends could watch it,” Norgan said. “It was socially distanced. We had to wear a mask and everything.”

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