Homewood police hire village native, H-F graduate

  Ephraim Dorsey takes the oath of office Tuesday, June 6, 
  to become the latest addition to the Homewood 
  Police Department.
(Photo by Quincy Crump/H-F 

It just became a little more difficult for criminals to outrun the Homewood police.

Ephraim Dorsey, who ran middle distance for track teams at Homewood-Flossmoor High School and Eastern Illinois University, took the oath to become an officer at the June 13 village board meeting.

"I’ve wanted to do this all my life. It’s been a lifelong dream, so to get this opportunity to serve the town I grew up in and went to school in, is great,” Dorsey said. “I see a lot of people that I knew and grew up with and it’s really cool to be able to look at it from the police side of things and know that I’m helping to protect people in Homewood.”

The Homewood native placed fourth in 800-meter run as a senior and eighth as a junior at the state meet for the Vikings. Dorsey set the school record in the 800-meter run at Eastern Illinois. He was also a member of decorated relay teams both in high school and college.

Dorsey was offered a chance to train with Nike in a pre-qualification camp for the Olympics, but chose a career in law enforcement instead. The shoe giant even asked him to contact the team a year later.

“It was a hard decision,” Dorsey said. “But I started doing the things that I’ve wanted to do since I was a kid.”

He spent almost a year as an officer in the Lynwood department, during which he attended the Illinois Police Academy and obtained state certification.

Dorsey officially joined the Homewood department May 30 and is in his third week of the village’s 15-week training program, Police Chief Bill Alcott said. He graduated from H-F in 2011 and has a bachelor’s degree in criminology and sociology. Dorsey attended James Hart School and still lives in Homewood.

“That’s why he’s such a qualified individual,” Village President Richard Hofeld said.

“As I grew up and I saw how the dynamic was changing, I wanted to be a cop that everyone could look up to and just want to be around,” Dorsey said. “I wanted to show that there are really great cops and Homewood has some of the best cops around.”

Dorsey was hired to a new position on the police department. 

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