Police department welcomes 2 new officers | City brief

Jun 11, 2014

The Mukilteo Police Department recently welcomed two new police officers.

Vitaliy Shapoval and Nicholas “Nick” Leslie were sworn in as officers by Mayor Jennifer Gregerson on June 2. They were hired by Police Chief Rex Caldwell.

Shapoval, originally from Ukraine, moved to Washington state in 2001.

He wanted to become a police officer to “make a difference” and finally have a job that he was passionate about.

Prior to becoming an officer, Shapoval studied graphic design at Clark College in Vancouver, Wash.

“Vitaliy will be a great asset to the department, as he can speak both Russian and Ukrainian fluently,” acting Police Chief Chuck Macklin said.

Leslie is following in his father’s footsteps by becoming a police officer.

He received a bachelor’s degree from Carroll College in Montana. He worked for Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer for two years before moving to Omaha to attend law school.

After receiving his juris doctor in 2013, Leslie moved back to Washington state to pursue a career in law enforcement.

Leslie’s father is a police officer in Seattle, and Leslie said by being a police officer instead of a lawyer, he could make more of a difference.

“We are pleased to have Nick be a part of our department, as he will bring a lot of knowledge and experience with his background in the law field,” Macklin said.

-Sara Bruestle

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