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Fifteen-year-old Kayla Smith decided she wanted to be a police officer when she was 8 years old.
This week, she got a taste of real life in the South Bend Police Department. Smith was one of 21 participants in the department’s police camp for high school students interested in law enforcement.
“I wanted just to find out who the police officers are and what their job is,” she said. “I want to be a patrol officer. I like adrenaline rushes.”
Lt. Dick Powers organized the weeklong camp at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge in South Bend.
Four year-old Wyatt joined the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department in May of 2008. “First week he was on the road, he found about 1lb of marijuana in the engine compartment of a vehicle,” says Sheriff Virgil Miller.
Since then he’s helped them track down criminals and sniff out drugs alongside Sgt. Marshall Powers, “we were at the training facility for two weeks, he was already trained prior to that, but this was to introduce me to the training, and then I’ve trained weekly with him, since then,” says Sgt. Powers.
Veteran investigator Denise Powers has been selected as the Will County Sheriff’s Deputy of the Year.
Powers, who has worked for the sheriff’s office for 25 years, was chosen by the awards committee because of her knowledge and professionalism, spokesman Pat Barry said.
“She is a ‘team player’ and is gifted with a sensitive, caring attitude that creates a bond with everyone,” he said.
Powers, who grew up in Lockport, was interested in law enforcement from a young age.
“It was just something I always wanted to know more about. I worked as a correctional officer at the old jail underneath the courthouse for three years and then took the deputies test,” she said.
Powers has been a detective for nearly 10 years and was assigned as the primary or secondary detective on all major cases in 2008.
“Due to her expertise, with 93 cases assigned, she was able to close 70 with arrests including 21 felony arrests. In addition, in order to ease the caseload on other detectives, Powers requested additional cases, of which she completed 30,” Barry said.
She is also a field training officer for new detectives.
“I deal with all (types) of investigations … whatever lands on your plate,” Powers said. “Obviously, the more serious cases like homicides are the ones we prioritize,” she said.
Powers believes she received the award to recognize the effort of the entire investigations division.
“I’m kind of a humble person. I’m honored of course. (The award) is huge for me, I just wish everyone could be recognized,” she said.
Powers credited Detective Brian O’Leary, who was her partner last year, and the support of her family with helping her earn the award, which will be presented during a luncheon Thursday.
Sheriff Paul Kaupas will also recognize Vincent Perillo as Correctional Officer of the Year. Perillo, who has worked at the county jail for five years, serves on both the facility’s expansion project team and emergency response team.
“(He’s also) the key control officer, which places him in charge of all facility keys and key cards,” Barry said.
Barry and Kaupas cited Perillo’s ability to manage multiple projects and professional demeanor for his award.
“It is with great pride that we honor these two for their professionalism and dedication,” Kaupas said. “They are both assets to this department.”