Dixon Police Sergeant to Lead Training Academy at Sauk Valley Community College – Shaw Local
DIXON — A 25-year veteran of the Dixon Police Department will lead the new, upcoming police academy at Sauk Valley Community College.
Sauk’s board approved the hiring of Dixon’s police sergeant. Jason LaMendola on Monday as director of the police academy, which is set to launch with its first batch of cadets in January.
He will begin in August to prepare for the academy.
“We are proud that Sergeant LaMendola is leading our first police academy here at SVCC, where his extensive teaching and community policing experience will not only provide excellent training for Sauk Valley law enforcement officers, but also to those across the state,” Jon Mandrell said. , vice president of academics and student services at Sauk.
LaMendola has over 25 years of law enforcement experience, including serving as a patrol supervising sergeant, field staff instructor, school resource officer for eight years, and as a weapons team leader. Specials and Tactics for Region 2 Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm Systems. training in response to terrorist events.
He is a certified instructor for ALICE training for school shooting situations as well as Gracie Survival Tactics in jiu jitsu.
“Sgt. Jason LaMendola has been a tremendous asset to the Dixon Police Department for the past 25 years,” said Dixon Police Chief Steve Howell. “His knowledge, leadership and, most importantly, his abilities as an instructor will help him create the gold standard for police academies and for the future men and women of the law enforcement profession.”
LaMendola has worn many hats during his law enforcement tenure.
He served as a team leader for a multi-agency tactical response team, patrol officer, detective, sergeant, and the aforementioned SWAT.
“His training and experiences were recently recognized by the Illinois Fire Service Institute as a Field Personnel Instructor for Critical Incident Management courses,” according to a college press release. “LaMendola has given back to the community by implementing related training programs for local businesses and churches regarding active shooter response and incident management.”
“From responding to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans as a task force team leader, to the active shooter incident at Dixon High School, or calling in the SWAT team, he acquired leadership and management skills at different scales,” the statement added.
Earlier this year, the college began working with the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board to become the site of a police academy, which will be the first in northwest Illinois.
“Discussing with our local law enforcement and municipalities, we have identified an urgent need, which is to provide immediate access to local community police officer training for the Sauk Valley and beyond” , said Mandrell.
New law enforcement officers are sent to one of the state’s seven police academies where they receive 560 hours of training over 14 weeks. The academies are in Chicago, River Grove, Springfield, Decatur, Champaign, Belleville and Glen Ellyn.
Currently, the SVCC offers degrees in criminal justice, as well as simulation police training.