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LEEP Award winner follows in family’s footsteps

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: August 21, 2019

Clinton Township Police Chief Fred Posavetz (center) with his sons, LEEP Award recipient Eric Posavetz (left) and Clinton Township Police Officer Ryan Posavetz.

– By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor

Macomb Police Academy graduate Eric Posavetz is following in his family’s footsteps. The Law Enforcement Education Program (LEEP) Award winner graduated alongside his brother, Ryan on May 20, 2019.

Ryan, 27, was hired by Clinton Township Police Department right after graduation. The brothers’ father, Fred Posavetz, is Clinton Township Police Chief. Their uncle, Jim Watson, is a retired Detroit Police Officer.

“It was always law enforcement that made me excited,” said Eric Posavetz. “I like the idea of keeping our community safe. Dad being a K9 handler and having the K9s at the house, I always loved the stories about protecting people. He’s always been my role model since I was a little kid. If I could be half the man that he was, I will have a very good career in law enforcement.”

LEEP Award winner Eric Posavetz (left) graduated Macomb Police Academy with his brother Ryan, who was hired by Clinton Township Police.

Posavetz, 25, also knew he didn’t want an 8-hour a day desk job and he would enjoy the variety that comes with law enforcement. “I don’t know how some people do the same things day in and day out. I like that every day is a different challenge,” he said. “I like the idea you can make a difference in your community.”

He earned a General Studies associates degree from Macomb Community College, which will become a Criminal Justice degree once he completes one final law enforcement course.

In late August, Posavetz got the word he would be hired full-time to work with his dad and brother at Clinton Township Police Department. The co-owner of Size Up Supplement, a Novi vitamin store, continues to run his business. “I kind of get the best of both worlds. I own my own store. At the same time, I really wanted to go into Criminal Justice,” Posavetz said. “I will be working at a department with 12-hour shifts. If it gets to the point where it’s too overwhelming, I can sell my share of the store.”

During the 11-hour days at the academy, he had someone else run the store. “I was getting a paycheck for managing, but when I started academy, I stopped working,” he said, adding a lot of his income was invested in the store. “It’s a really new store, so (the LEEP Award) definitely helped me out tremendously paying my bills.”

Posavetz was one of 24 original pre-service cadets in the class of 44. Macomb Academy Director Ray Macksoud was impressed with his work ethic, maturity, determination and character. “He kept up to the physical standards. He did well academically,” Macksoud said. “Everything he did, he put forward the effort while still maintaining his business and (training at) the academy.”

“When he’s talking to you, he’s serious and presents himself well,” Macksoud said. “I think the best trait I can say is he combined hard work with maturity and he was focused on a goal.”

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