Michael Casey, a Woodridge resident, has joined College of DuPage as the manager of the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy and the Homeland Security Education Center. Casey joined the College recently and brings with him an extensive background in law enforcement.
Casey began his law enforcement career with the DuPage County Sheriff’s Police before spending 26 years as an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. In his time with the agency, he worked several undercover operations, including the investigation that led to the arrest and conviction of the leaders of the Latin Kings gang in Chicago.
One of six credentialed police academies in Illinois, Suburban Law Enforcement Academy offers training for new recruits from a variety of local departments. In his new role, Casey said he is responsible for the continued success of the agency and hopes to expand training opportunities not only for recruits, but seasoned officers as well.
While Suburban Law Enforcement Academy’s curriculum is state-mandated, Casey said he does hope to add more opportunities for scenario-based training. That, along with additional online coursework, could produce better-trained officers, he said.
Casey also said he’d like to explore additional training opportunities beyond those currently offered for existing law enforcement officers.
“So much has changed in law enforcement in the last several years and we must continue to offer the very best training to keep our men and women safe,” Casey said.
For more information on the Suburban Law Enforcement Agency, visit http://www.cod.edu/slea/.