Aledo swears in two new officers

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record
New Aledo police officers Adam Baker, left, and Anthony Johnson, center, are introduced by Aledo Police Chief J. Michael Sponsler.

The City of Aledo swore in two new police officers Wednesday, March 25 in City Council chambers..

Both candidates have successfully passed all the required tests and qualifications to be sworn in.

The first new Officer is Anthony L. Johnson, 30, of Kewanee. Mr. Johnson graduated from high school at Temple Christian Academy in Moline. Mr. Johnson attended Black Hawk College and Western Illinois University and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Mr. Johnson is also a member of the Army National Guard, Kankakee Armory and holds a rank of 1st Lieutenant. Mr. Johnson has worked at the Macomb Police Department, New Windsor Police Department and his latest position was Police Chief in Woodhull. Mr. Johnson is Aledo Police Department’s first lateral entry applicant to be hired. Mr. Johnson starts his training on Sunday March 29.

The second new Officer is Adam L. Baker, 29, of Aledo. Mr. Baker graduated from high school at Aledo High School. Mr. Baker attended Black Hawk College where he obtained an Applied Sciences/Law Enforcement Justice Degree and Mr. Baker has also attended additional classes at Western Illinois University, Macomb. Mr. Baker has worked at the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department as a Correctional Officer and most recently was working for DeBlock Farms. Mr. Baker reports to the Police Training Institute at the University of Illinois, Champaign on Sunday March 29 training. After his basic training Mr. Baker will be assigned to a Field Training Officer for additional training.

The Aledo Police Department welcomes both of these new Officers and we look forward to them serving our Community and Citizens.