College of Community and Public Service

Criminal Justice & Police Academy Success Story

Date: March 24, 2014

28 of the 30 graduates from last year’s GVSU Police Academy are already employed in law enforcement. Here’s the success story of one alum.
Ysquierdo grew up in the Holland area and went into the United States Marine Corps after graduating from high school.  He returned to West Michigan after his enlistment and enrolled in Grand Valley State University, taking advantage of the educational benefits he earned while serving in the military.  Over the course of several years, Ysquierdo completed all the necessary classes to obtain his BS in Criminal Justice at Grand Valley.  During the spring of his final year, he was granted admission to the 2013 GVSU Police Academy.
Ysquierdo quickly distinguished himself as a leader in the recruit group and after the first week of training, was selected to serve in the position of “Recruit Commander.”  This position is a difficult balance of being a class leader but also a peer in the group.  Ysquierdo performed well throughout the intense academy training session, not only as a recruit himself, but as the Recruit Commander of the class.
Immediately upon successful completion, Ysquierdo was hired at the GVSU Police Department and worked for several months in the capacity of part-time officer.  Within months, Ysquierdo was offered a full-time law enforcement position at the Kent County Sheriff’s Office as a deputy.  He has successfully completed the field training program and is working as a Road Patrol Deputy.

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