Michael Kuruvila, whose family hails from Kerala will be appointed as the police chief of Brookfield, a city in the state of Illinois in the US. Michael is a native of Mannanam in Kottayam. He is the first Indian to get appointed to the top brass of the Brookfield police.
Kuruvilla’s candidature for the top job was approved by Brookfield Village Manager Timothy Wiberg on the recommendation of acting Police Chief Edward Petrak himself. Kuruvilla will take over the police chief post from Petrak on July 12.
“He has all the skills and knowledge to be chief. Fifteen years is plenty of experience to run a department. He’s been successful at every level.
He’s ready for it” said Petrak said in an interview with a regional publication.
37-year-old Michael Kuruvila is currently the deputy police chief of Brookfield police. He completed his master’s degree in social work from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2006. Soon after his studies, he worked as a civilian crisis worker with the Brookfield Police Department before becoming a cop.
“ It was accidental, I didn’t have any plans to join the police force. But within a very few years, I turned more passionate about my job,” said Michael Kuruvila.
In September 2020, Kuruvilla was presented with the “40 Under 40” Award by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the world’s largest and most influential professional association for police leaders.