January 23, 2020
On Wednesday, January 15, at the Iroquois County Youth Workforce Holiday Party, Patrolman Mario Martinez with the City of Kankakee Police Department—who completed his Law Enforcement degree in 2016 as a dislocated worker through the RPC’s Workforce Development program—returned to speak to local youth about the law enforcement pathway and personal safety.
Martinez talked about his journey from dislocated worker to student; how he completed his law enforcement degree and went through Physical Training Instruction and Field Training; and, finally, how he got hired on by a police department. The group discussed the emphasis on making a favorable first impression and acquiring good contacts along the way.
Mr. Martinez expressed his sincere gratitude to the Workforce Program and talked about how his success can serve as a model to youth interested in pursuing law enforcement or any career they have always wanted to pursue.