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Detective Stephan Bakowski was promoted to the rank of Sergeant at the August 7th council meeting, taking the oath of office in front of a crowd of family, friends and colleagues gathered in council chambers.
Bakowski was hired as a full-time officer in 2005, expanding his training and expertise within the Police Department by volunteering for specialty assignments. During his 6 years in the Patrol Division, Sergeant Bakowski was a member of the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System Mobile Field Force Unit (Mutual Response Team), a select team of officers that provide aid to other communities in public safety emergencies.
In 2011, his exemplary work and dedication led to his promotion to the detective division. While serving in the Detective Division, Sergeant Bakowski worked hundreds of cases and his dedication and professionalism resulted in a position working homicide cases in the Southland regions with the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force.
Sergeant Bakowski continued to build on his wealth of investigative experience over the next 3 years culminating with the promotion to the rank of Sergeant. “Detective Bakowski took the Sergeants test and ended up finishing #1 on the list out of 31 candidates, receiving the highest written score and the highest Merit and Efficiency points awarded in the testing process,” stated Chicago Heights Chief of Police Thomas Rogers.
Mayor Gonzalez recognized Sgt. Bakowski on his promotion while acknowledging his family for their support throughout his career with the City of Chicago Heights Police Department.