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Saturday, September 19, 2020

Clermont police department tabs first-ever cadet for academy

Clermont Police Chief Charles Broadway and new cadet Alexa Vakratsis.

After reviewing numerous applications, interviewing candidates, and conducting a rigorous testing and vetting process, the Clermont Police Department has selected its first cadet.

Starting Feb. 12, Alexa Vakratsis will attend the Police Academy at the Institute of Public Safety in Tavares, a news release states.

Clermont Police Chief Charles Broadway recently announced the new program in the recruitment and hiring process for city police officers. During fiscal year 2017, the Clermont City Council approved a new police cadet position, which enabled the department to interview and select an individual to attend the police academy. The city will pay the tuition and lab fees, and an hourly wage as well. “Police work is more than a job or profession,” the chief says in the release. “It is truly a calling; a calling that involves service to our community for the greater good.”

Alexa has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Siena Heights University in Michigan, and worked as a dispatcher for the Siena Heights Institute of Public Safety. She also served as an intern at the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office in Detroit and, most recently, held a leadership position at Disney World, focusing on security for cast members and guests.

New cadet Alexa Vakratsis, center, with members of the Clermont police.
Photos by Clermont Police Department