On Friday, October 25, 2019, 57 cadets graduated from the Illinois State Police Academy and were sent to their assignments throughout the state. Two of those troopers will call District 1 their home. Trooper Tavis Fivek and Trooper Josh Vos reported for duty on October 28. They received their squad cars and all the equipment they need to serve and protect.
Trooper Vos is excited about the career growth possibilities and the opportunities from within the department. After completing his “stressful” six months at the academy, he says he understands why it has to be that way. “They really pushed the little details because they are very important in this career,” said Vos. Vos grew up in Morrison and graduated from Morrison High School before attending Luther College where he majored in Exercise Science and Health. Just before joining ISP, Vos worked for the Whiteside County Sheriff’s Office. While field training in District 1, he will also be planning his wedding with his fiancé, Rebecca!
Trooper Fivek joined the ISP because he “likes the professionalism of the agency, and the duties that a trooper perform”. Fivek is already familiar with the duties of a trooper since he was a telecommunicator for the ISP before getting his invitation to attend the ISP Academy. He currently lives in Peru with his wife and two sons, and will continue to live there while he serves in District 1. He graduated from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, with a B.A. in Disciplinary Studies. Fivek is very appreciative of his wife while he spent six months at the academy, she kept her full time job and continued raising their two children at home. He says his love and admiration for his family grew during his time away. He’s thankful to rejoin his family at home permanently and get his ISP career started.
Both troopers will ride along with a field training officer for the next 14 weeks before being released to solo patrol