LANSING | On June 23-29, Lansing Police Cadet Capt. Alex Ascolani attended the 2013 National Law Enforcement Exploring Leadership Academy hosted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
Ascolani was one of 30 Explorers selected to attend from more than 225 applicants from the entire nation. The academy focused on leadership development and insight into federal law enforcement.
The Explorers arrived in Washington, D.C. on June 23 and were treated to a night tour of the nation’s capital and the memorials. June 24 brought small group tours of the Smithsonian Museums prior to boarding the bus for the ride to the DEA Academy in Quantico, Va. Classes were held every day at the Academy.
Other highlights of the trip included a trip to the U.S. Secret Service Academy in Beltsville, Md., and a behind-the-scenes tour of the U.S. Capitol complex including a visit to the House Justice Committee hearing. The Explorers also visited Arlington National Cemetery where they participated in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This visit culminated with an informal dinner with U.S. Army Provost Marshal Maj. Gen. David Quantock.
The Explorers also visited the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial where Ascolani was selected to participate in a wreath laying ceremony to honor those officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, including our own former Cadet Kenny Novak Jr.
The week ended with the graduation ceremony at the DEA Academy. Each of the Explorers were presented their graduation certificate by the administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Michele Leonhart.
Ascolani served as a platoon and squad leader while attending the Academy and was the runner-up for the prestigious DEA Billy Yout Leadership Award. The Lansing Police Department is extremely proud of Ascolani and the manner in which he represented the village of Lansing at the National Leadership Academy.
The Lansing Police Cadet Program is currently accepting applications through Aug. 31 for the 2013-14 Cadet Academy. Applicants must be 15 1/2 tO 18 years old with a good background and high moral character. Applications are available at the Lansing Police Department or at www.villageoflansing.org.