Two HHC Security Staff Graduate from the Police Academy

Two University of Michigan security staff graduated this month from the Washtenaw Community College Police Academy and soon will begin field training with the University Police.

Ben Poniatowski and Sean Taylor, formerly staff members with the U-M Hospitals and Health Centers (HHC) Security Services, graduated December 13 from the four-month Academy. Later the same day, they were sworn-in as U-M Police officers.

Ben Poniatowski, Police Academy Class President, provides Class Remarks Sean Taylor receives the Subject Control Excellence Award

"We are very proud of these two young men as they continue to pursue their career aspirations," said Marilyn Hollier, HHC Security Services Director. "We believe the experience of working for HHC Security Services was very beneficial and helped prepare them to successfully complete the rigorous police academy program. Now they'll return to continue helping provide a safe campus for our students, faculty, staff, patients and visitors."

The University Police Department sponsored the two recruits through the Academy. "We are looking forward to Ben and Sean joining our police force," said Police Chief Joe Piersante. "Since they already know the medical campus so well from their deployment with HHC Security, they bring a wealth of experience that will be an asset to the Police Department and ease their acclimation to the remainder of the campus community."

Poniatowski, who joined the HHC Security staff in 2006, served as the Academy class president. At the graduation ceremony, he also received the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) Outstanding Recruit Award. Additionally, he is a graduate of Michigan State University.

Taylor, who joined the HHC Security staff in 2012, also earned the Subject Control Excellence Award at the ceremony. Additionally, he is a graduate of U-M Dearborn.

Decemember 23, 2013