New police officer for Monticello

Carolynn Wallenberg is not only thrilled about coming on board with the Monticello Police Department, but about moving to the community.

“It seems like a really nice town. I’m really excited to move here,” said the 27-year old Yorkville native who currently lives in Rantoul with husband Ryan. They are currently building a home in Monticello.

“We’re happy with that. We’ve always had fixer-uppers,” she added.

Wallenberg earned her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Illinois-Chicago in 2007, and for the past five years has worked as an asset protection manager at Walmarts in Champaign and Savoy. She was officially hired by Monticello in September, and returned from the Police Training Institute at the U of I in Urbana-Champaign earlier this month. She excelled at the training, topping the 40 officers in that class on written tests to earn the Warren award.

With a pair of uncles in law enforcement, Wallenberg obtained an interest in police work at a young age, and likes digging into cases.

“I really enjoy doing investigations,” commented Wallenberg. “Ultimately when I thought about getting into law enforcement, it was for investigations, and being able to follow through on that.”

Wallenberg is one of five full-time and four part-time officers on staff with the Monticello Police Department.

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Ebony Newbold wrote on March 19, 2013 at 8:03 pm

I am very proud to see and know every woman that is now police officer. This is also my dream and now searching for how to become a police officer in NY or even in California.

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