Graduation day for Coal City’s new cop

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COAL CITY POLICE patrol officer Josh Nugent graduated from the University of Illinois’ Police Training Institute’s basic law enforcement training program Dec. 19. Coal City Police Chief Tom Best was on hand for the ceremony.


After 14 weeks of rigorous training, Josh Nugent is ready to assume his new duties as a a patrol officer with the Coal City Police Department.
Nugent, who wears badge 924, graduated from the University of Illinois Police Training Institute on Thursday, Dec. 19 and Monday was his first day on the street.
Coal City Police Chief Tom Best previously reported that like all new patrol officers, Nugent will spend several weeks working alongside a field training officer getting to know the department and its policies.
The university’s basic law enforcement training program is a 560-hour course that prepares recruits to meet the challenges of a complex policing environment. The state requires all new police officers to attend training and the university’s program exceeds the requirements set by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.
In addition to the basic law enforcement course, recruits can enroll in a series of elective courses that range from taser certification to juvenile specialist.
Nugent was hired by the village in August. His selection was based on his placement on the department’s eligibility list. The Coal City High School graduate was one of the top candidates based on oral and written test scores,
Nugent’s path into law enforcement followed his studies at Eastern Illinois University and time with the United States Air Force.
Nugent joins the force comprised of the chief, sergeants Chris Harseim and Tom Logan, two full-time school resource officers, seven patrol officers and the department’s administrative assistant/records clerk.