Standout officer receives dual honors at police academy graduation

Michael Wolf is valedictorian and best marksman in his class.

Steve Tawa
August 31, 2018 - 2:44 pm
99 recruits in Philadelphia Police Academy Class 385

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — As the Philadelphia Police Department graduated a new class of recruits, one of the new officers remained on stage for dual honors, because he was exceptional in the classroom, and on the shooting range. 

In his long tenure at the Academy, Captain William Maye of the Recruit Training Unit could not recall a recipient getting both the Academic Achievement Award and top honors for marksmanship.

The 99 recruits in Philadelphia Police Academy Class 385, now sworn in as police officers, include 24-year-old Michael Wolf, the valedictorian, who notched a 98.7 grade point average and was the firearms top shooter.

Police Academy valedictorian Michael Wolf with his girlfriend Kailey
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"I always took my academics very seriously, and it was no different when I showed up at the Police Academy," Wolf said. "Then, all my years in the military definitely guided me through that."

Wolf grew up in Mayfair in the Northeast section of the city, went to Central High School, and then enlisted in the Army National Guard, spending six years there. Now he's wearing a different badge.

"I hope to promote immediately. I'm looking to eventually end up in a leadership role," he said. 

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross told the new officers "tolerance and understanding" are essential skills during these turbulent times. Ross says there's so much intolerance today — in his words — "when we judge everything, we learn nothing."