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Volunteer work inspires academy grad to become a Police Officer

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: March 31, 2020


By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor

Jacob AC Yglesias’ volunteer work with the Detroit Goodfellows – distributing Christmas gifts to needy Detroit-area children – united him annually with Detroit Police while he was growing up. This past December, while applying for law enforcement positions, he was thankful for the help he received as recipient of a $1,000 Law Enforcement Education (LEEP) Award.

Yglesias was among the 29 pre-service cadets in a graduating class of 39 recruits Dec. 17, 2019 from Macomb Police Academy.

Photo courtesy of Macomb Police Academy                                                                      Macomb Police Academy graduate Jacob AC Yglesias receives the LEEP Award from POLC Executive Committee Vice Chairman Brian McNair.

He worked as an Uber and Lyft driver to save money to pay for his academy training. “When I got accepted into the police academy, it basically took all my money,” Yglesias said. “As soon as I heard about a scholarship, I applied for every single one. (The LEEP Award) is going to help me tremendously. It will give me a cushion before I start working. I have no words for it. I really appreciate it.”

“Another reason the scholarship really helped is being at the academy you don’t really have time to work,” he said. “I’ve been going to academy and that really consumed all my time.”

The 24-year-old grew up volunteering through Detroit Goodfellows, where his father runs the warehouse. “When I was young, every Christmastime me and my family would help deliver packages to Detroit police precincts. The families that live in that area would come pick those up,” he said. “It was very fun, and I got to talk with a lot of police officers and that’s what got me interested in law enforcement too.”

Prior to academy, he obtained an associate degree in Criminal Justice from Wayne County Community College and bachelor’s in Criminal Justice at Michigan State University.

“He’s been very mature throughout the academy. He’s respectful to people, yet has a very strong presence, so he appears confident when he interacts with people,” said Macomb Police Academy Director Raymund Macksoud. “He’s above class average as far as academics in the academy. I had to find a reason to give him a demerit yesterday because he’s just a rule follower,” Macksoud said jokingly days before graduation.

In February, Yglesias was hired as a Fraser Public Safety Officer. In March, the department is sponsoring his training at Macomb Fire Academy.

“He loves to help people. He’s just a great young man,” Macksoud said, adding Yglesias also volunteers with City Rescue Mission of Lansing. “He’s going to be somebody who will care when interacting with people. You can see he’s compassionate. He likes to get involved with the disadvantaged in the community. This is a person who will understand peoples’ problems.”

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