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Macomb Police Academy LEEP Award winner has military, corrections experience

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: October 29, 2020

By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor

Kyle Cobus’s military, corrections and security background has prepared him well for a career in law enforcement. He completed the final step Aug. 7 graduating from Macomb Police Academy.

The 26-year-old earned the respect of his commanding officers and fellow cadets who chose him for the Law Enforcement Education Program (LEEP) Award of $800. He was one of nine pre-service cadets along with 15 sponsored cadets in his graduating class.

Photo courtesy of Macomb Police Academy
Kyle Cobus graduated Macomb Police Academy with an $800 LEEP Award.

“It’ll probably go toward rent because I haven’t got hired yet,” Cobus said in August. “Believe it or not, I’ve been surviving off of savings. I haven’t had a job since January. The hiring process for police takes a long time. It can take two to three months.”

In addition to the LEEP Award, he also received the Stephen Thomas First Responder Scholarship through Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union.

Cobus, who graduated the academy with a 3.4 GPA, previously worked as a Macomb County Sheriff’s Corrections Officer and completed Macomb’s Basic Fire Academy after serving in the U.S. Army Infantry for 16 months.

“I was a Corrections Officer last August and left in January to put myself through the (police) academy,” Cobus said. “After the fire academy, I did a few security jobs, then I was a Federal Security Officer and I did that while I worked on my education.”

Cobus completed his General Studies Associates Degree at Macomb Community College just in time for his police academy graduation. This accomplishment was by no means easy as the pandemic shut down Macomb Police Academy during COVID-19 restrictions, just a week and half after Michael Ciaramitaro took over as the academy training director.

“He did a pretty good job. There was a lot of restrictions with COVID – the college and MCOLES had a lot of rules,” Cobus said. “It was definitely unique trying to social distance when you have to do the hands-on training. We were able to do it with masks and (protective) glasses on.”

While Cobus has encountered some unforeseen hurdles, those will be useful as he enters a sometimes unpredictable career in law enforcement.

“Kyle is driven to be a superior police officer,” said Ciaramitaro, also Advanced Police Training Manager at Macomb Community College. “With his previous military service and commitment to the community, he has demonstrated he has what it takes to serve with honor and respect. I expect great things from Kyle.”

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