Officer Justin Lomasney, Officer Carrie Van Thomme and Officer Alec Hanser pose for a photo at the ceremony.

Officer Justin Lomasney, Officer Carrie Van Thomme and Officer Alec Hanser pose for a photo at the ceremony.

Photo provided by the Shelby Township Police Department

Shelby Township police welcome 3 new officers

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published January 7, 2019


SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Shelby Township welcomed three new officers to its team from the Macomb Police Academy graduating class No. 104, which had its commencement ceremony Dec. 17.

The new officers — Justin Lomasney, Carrie Van Thomme and Alec Hanser — were sworn in Dec. 18 by Township Clerk Stanley Grot at Township Hall.

“We have found that locating and hiring young, talented people that are hungry to learn about law enforcement and want to help people is mutually beneficial to both the young person and the police organization. I want to hire good people. We will train them to be good police officers. By installing a cadet program, we are able to judge someone’s work ethic and character over a period of many months, versus the traditional way of hiring someone based off of an interview and background investigation. These three officers are the first fruit borne of our new program,” Shelby Township Police Chief Robert Shelide said via email.

“We are all extremely excited and expect great things from our new officers.” he said.

According to Raymund Macksoud, the Criminal Justice Training Center manager and basic police academy director for the Macomb Public Service Institute, the requirements for admittance to the academy can be achieved one of two ways: being hired by a law enforcement agency and sent as an in-service candidate, in which the law enforcement agency pays the tuition costs and employee salary; or entering the academy before being hired by an agency, in which case the students pay all costs themselves and need to meet minimum requirements, including possessing an associate degree or higher and passing a physical fitness test.

Academy students must also be U.S. citizens, have 20/20 eyesight corrected to each eye individually, have no color blindness, possess normal hearing, pass a physical exam and a drug screening, be free from criminal convictions, and possess a valid driver’s license.

There are also several other requirements to be met, including a personal interview and an in-depth application process.

Macomb Police Academy graduates must complete more than 800 hours of instruction over 18 weeks. While in the academy, their typical day begins with physical training at 6:30 a.m. followed by classroom and/or practical instruction from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Macksoud said that during the last part of the academy, cadets have to take the written Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards licensing exam and must pass it in order to be licensed to work as police officer in Michigan.

“Chief Shelide sponsored three solid candidates who performed very well academically and physically in the Macomb Police Academy. Each will bring a specific approach and style to the position and come very proficiently qualified. They will represent the Shelby Township Police Department with the utmost professionalism and will display the competency expected, which will result in positive and appropriate service to the community and an optimistic reflection to the profession of law enforcement,” Macksoud said via email.

“These were three individuals who needed little supervision, displayed proper demeanor, and were able to get along with their academy classmates and instructors over the course of 18 weeks,” he added.

Lomasney, 24, graduated from Dakota High School in 2013, continued his education at Grand Valley State University, transferred to Oakland University, and received his bachelor’s degree with a major in criminal justice in April 2018. He began his career with the Shelby Township Police Department as the fleet assistant in May 2016 and became a cadet with the department’s newly established cadet program last June.

Van Thomme, 22, graduated from Anchor Bay High School in 2014 and continued her education at Macomb Community College, where she received an associate degree in December. She began her career in law enforcement with the New Baltimore Police Department as a cadet before coming to the Shelby Township Police Department as a cadet in June.

Hanser, 22, graduated from Romeo High School in June 2014, continued his education at Oakland University, and received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with specialization in homeland security in April 2018. He was previously an intern for the Shelby Township Police Department in the fall of 2017 before he became a cadet in June 2018.

All three officers were sponsored by the Shelby Township Police Department in the academy.

Shelide delivered the keynote address to the Macomb Police Academy’s graduating class at the ceremony.

“With Officers Hanser, Van Thomme and Lomasney joining the ranks, the STPD now has 71 sworn officers keeping the people, property and lives in Shelby Township safer, and making our community an even better place than it was before,” said Shelby Township Supervisor Rick Stathakis.

He looks forward to the addition of more officers in 2019.

“The department plans to add four more officers throughout 2019 and increase the force to 75 sworn officers, which will be larger than it has ever been. Because of sound budgeting and management by Chief Robert Shelide and the township Board of Trustees, this can be accomplished without increased taxes,” said Stathakis via email.

“Shelby Township continues to have the lowest local tax rate for any full-service municipality in Macomb County, and our newest officers will work to ensure it also stays the safest community of its size within the county,” he said.

“I want to credit and thank Chief Shelide for this historic achievement. Under his watch, our Police Department has truly excelled beyond belief. Because of Chief Shelide’s leadership, the STPD has become a blueprint for how a police force should train and equip its officers and manage its operations to meet the needs of a modern, growing, vibrant community,” Stathakis said.