Oak Park police hire two new officers

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

The Oak Park Police Department has hired two new officers, bringing the force to 114 sworn personnel, according to Oak Park spokesman David Powers. 

Officers Kortney Possedi and Cassandra Roknich are the two recent hires and have begun orientation. They will later attend the Chicago Police Department's Field Training Program, Powers said. 

Possedi graduated from Aurora University, where she majored in psychology and criminal justice, and Roknich graduated from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville, where she majored in criminal justice. 

"Both officers were sent to the academy by other communities, so they came to Oak Park as state-certified police officers," Powers said in the email. "Officer Possedi previously worked in Lake Zurich and officer Roknich had worked part-time with the Thornton Police Department before attending the academy."

Powers noted that five new Oak Park police officers are set to graduate from the Chicago Police Academy in late May.

"The field training program requires new officers to work patrol shifts. New officers work street patrol duties with a field training officer," Powers said in the email. 

Timothy Inklebarger

Email: tim@oakpark.com

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