WIU Alumnus Byron Nudd named Officer of the Year Illinois State Police (ISP).

MACOMB, IL – Western Illinois University 2003 School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration Graduate Byron Nudd has been named Officer of the Year by the Illinois State Police (ISP).

"Assigned to District 15, Trooper Byron Nudd exemplifies the tenets of the Illinois State Police – Integrity, Service, and Pride. His work ethic, professionalism, courage, and overreaching desire to be of service to others is evident in his daily work performance. Trooper Nudd's unwavering dedication to serve the people of Illinois is reflected through the daily performance of his duties, his high criminal arrests and traffic enforcement record, as well as his lifesaving efforts," according to ISP Director Brendan F. Kelly

In addition to his enforcement efforts, Nudd provided critical support for various administrative functions within District 15, where he has single-handedly developed a Patrol Guide for District 15 troopers.
"His dedication to improving processes has had a direct and positive impact on his co-workers functional understanding of their duties and of the ways that available technology can augment their success," Kelly added.

In February 2019, Trooper Nudd responded to the deadly active shooter incident at the Henry Pratt Company in Aurora, Illinois, where he served as a member of the Rescue Task Force. Throughout 2019, he has also responded to various incidents where he was called upon to administer NARCAN to five different subjects, thus saving their lives.

"Our graduates, who are employed in various capacities at local, state and federal agencies around the nation and the globe, receive an outstanding education at Western. Our academic degree program lays the foundation for successful careers," said School of LEJA Director Jill Joline-Myers. "Congratulations to Trooper Nudd for this honor from our state's police force."

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