New Osseo Police Department Office Dillon Saraniecki, right, poses with his brother, Trooper Christopher Saraniecki prior to the CVTC Law Enforcement Academy graduation Dec. 21. Christopher is a previous graduate of the Academy, which Dillon just completed.
Eau Claire, WI – Osseo’s newest police officer followed his brother from their home town of Lake Zurich, Ill. Into law enforcement in Wisconsin.
Dillon Saraniecki graduated from the Law Enforcement Academy at Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire Dec. 20, clearing the way for an increased level of responsibility with the Osseo Police Department.
“I have a brother in the State Patrol,” said Saraniecki. “He went through CVTC first and I liked how the program up here is run, so I decided to give it a try.”
Trooper Christopher Saraniecki, who attended the Academy graduation ceremony to support his brother, started with the State Patrol just a few months ago.
Being a law enforcement officer in Wisconsin takes a great deal of training. The Academy graduates needed to complete 60 hours of college credits to qualify. Many did so through CVTC’s two-year Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement program, though Saraniecki earned his associate’s degree in general arts in Illinois.
CVTC Associate Dean of Emergency Services Eric Anderson said the academy instructs the recruits in six areas: policing in America, tactical skills, patrol procedures, legal context, relational skills and investigations. Completion of training at a Law Enforcement Academy is required to become certified as a law enforcement officer in Wisconsin. However, officers can start work with a department before completing the training.
Saraniecki was hired by the Osseo Police Department while attending the Academy. “I’ve been doing ride-alongs with them while I finished up in the Academy,” he said.
Becoming a police officer achieves a lifelong dream for Saraniecki. “I always wanted to be in law enforcement since I was a little kid,” he said. “I joined the Lake Zurich Explorers post program where they teach young kids about law enforcement and leadership skills.”
The graduating class of the CVTC’s Law Enforcement Academy was the second to complete the program under a 720-hour training format after statewide expansion from the former 520 hours of training.
Chippewa Valley Technical College delivers superior, progressive technical education which improves the lives of students, meets the workforce needs of the region, and strengthens the larger community. Campuses are located in Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Menomonie, Neillsville and River Falls. CVTC serves an 11-county area in west central Wisconsin. CVTC is part of the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) and is one of 16 WTCS colleges located throughout the state.