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Macomb Academy LEEP Award winner hired as Royal Oak Police Officer

Posted by: Jennifer Gomori Posted date: April 9, 2019

Macomb College Police Chief James Matheney (left) presents Police Academy graduate Trevor Holston with a LEEP Award at graduation Dec. 17, 2018.

By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor

It didn’t take Macomb Police Academy graduate Trevor Holston long to find a job. He walked into the Dec. 17th academy graduation ceremony in uniform as a newly hired Royal Oak Police Officer.

Holston was one of 23 pre-service cadets, who paid for his own police academy training, out of 42 graduates. He was thankful the Law Enforcement Education Program (LEEP) helped him recoup a good portion of his costs when he received a $2,000 LEEP Award at graduation.

“It’s helped me out a lot – tremendously,” Holston said, thanking LEEP for choosing him for the award. Like most cadets, he did not have the time or energy to work while attending rigorous academy training.

“He came in pre-service and he was the first to land a job. He’s just been ecstatic,” said Macomb Police Academy Director Raymund Macksoud days before graduation. “He’ll start right away on the road there. He passed his licensing exam here yesterday.”

The 23-year-old made quite an impression with the academy staff, cadets, and with Royal Oak PD, being hired three weeks before completing the academy. “He carries himself well. He has a mature, positive attitude and he is a leader,” Macksoud said. “He’s always the first in line to drill, raise his hand and volunteer for things.”

The staff could trust him to get the job done and cadets and staff liked his demeanor. “He was very accommodating and needed little supervision,” Macksoud said. “He was well-liked by the class.”

“When Royal Oak said they were looking into him, I told the background investigator that they were recruiting one of the top two pre-service candidates, and firmly believe he would have been in their top three picks,” Macksoud said.

Holston seems to be following in a lot of family footsteps. His great grandfather, John Maki, and great uncle, Ray Ellero, were both Warren Police Officers. His father, Donald Holston, was a Military Police Officer in the Army and his uncle, John Kanakry, works for the federal government in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Holston said.

The Siena Heights University graduate has a bachelors’ degree in Criminal Justice. He completed an internship at Roseville Police Department as part of his education, gaining experience with road patrol, the detective bureau and in the courtroom. He was a college and high school athlete, playing college basketball.

Macksoud said his tall, athletic build coupled with strong communication skills gives Holston strong presence as a leader. “When he speaks, he’s very positive. He’s not unsure at all,” Macksoud said. “He was a cadet that didn’t need much prodding for anything. He physically performed well and has done well academically.”

Royal Oak PD peaked Holston’s interest while they were recruiting new officers at the academy. He decided to research the community a little more on his own. “As I was starting to find out more about the City and (the department), I liked it more and more,” Holston said.

Holston said he’s interested in working his way up to the Detective Bureau if possible. Right now, the new Royal Oak Police Officer said, he’s very excited to begin police work and see where it takes him. “I hopefully will have a great career in law enforcement,” he said.

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