Two officers graduate from police academy

URBANA, Ill. — The University of Illinois Police Department is welcoming two new police officers.

Officers Rachel Bishop and Kennedy Hartman graduated on Thursday from the University of Illinois Police Training Institute. They will begin field training in January, during which time they will be paired with training officers who will spend several months helping them to further refine their skills and abilities.

Officer Hartman obtained a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Webster University in St. Louis and attended Parkland College. In addition, she played basketball at Webster and Parkland. She attended Unity High School.

Officer Bishop has previously worked as a volunteer firefighter and as a nuclear security officer for Exelon. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management from Millikin University, and she is also a graduate of Villa Grove High School. Rachel played softball during her time at Millikin.

“These officers were part of a wonderful police academy class and they have already demonstrated a caring attitude and a commitment to serving their community,” said Executive Director of Public Safety and Chief of Police Craig Stone. “We are looking forward to having their passion, energy and commitment to integrity here at the University of Illinois Police Department.”