LANSING | Lansing Police Cadet Captain Alex Ascolani attended the 2013 National Law Enforcement Exploring Leadership Academy hosted by the US Drug Enforcement Administration July 23 through 29. Alex was one of thirty Explorers selected to attend from over 225 applicants from the entire nation. The academy focused on leadership development and insight into federal law enforcement.
The Explorers arrived in Washington DC on Saturday, June 23rd and were treated to a night tour of the Nation’s Capital and the memorials. Sunday brought small group tours of the Smithsonian Museums prior to boarding the bus for the ride to the DEA Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Classes were held every day at the Academy.
Other highlights of the trip included a trip to the US Secret Service Academy in Beltsville, Maryland, and a behind the scenes tour of the US 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 US Army Provost Marshal Major General David Quantock.
The Explorers also visited the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial where Alex 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. (see attached photo).
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 (see attached photo).
Cadet Captain 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 Alex 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 August 31st for the 2013-14 Cadet Academy. Applicants must be 15 ½ - 18 years old with a good background and high moral character. Applications are available at the Lansing Police Department or at www.villageoflansing.org.