MATTOON, Ill. (WCIA) — The law enforcement community welcomes two new officers to the department.
Officers Luke Wilson and Tyler Poland graduated from the police academy after fourteen weeks training. Their hiring will help maintain staffing levels after the retirement of two MPD officers.
Wilson graduated from Mattoon High School, earned an associate’s degree from Lakeland College and a bachelor’s degree from Lakeview College of Nursing. Wilson was previously employed as an RN in area hospital emergency rooms.
Wilson won the coveted Physical Fitness Award while at the police academy. He outperformed 51 other recruits being tested on three separate occasions for a maximum bench press, number of sit-ups in one minute and a time 1.5 mile run.
Poland graduated from Mattoon High School and earned an associate’s degree from Lakeland College. Poland worked previously as the second shift supervisor for Pinnacle Foods.