Photo courtesy Robert J. Lifka

Davor Pavlovic signs paperwork after being sworn in as a new probationary police officer as Mayor Anthony Calderone looks on. Pavlovic, 34, of Melrose Park, was sworn in at the Monday, March 27, village council meeting. On hand for the swearing in were his wife, Brianna; her parents, Barbara and Brad Dahly; and a contingent of police officers.

The addition still leaves the department two officers short of full strength, which is 38. Police Chief Tom Aftanas said he hopes to have two more recruits ready to start the next academy in August.

Pavlovic received his associate’s degree in criminal justice from Triton College in 2015 and is continuing work toward a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Fluent in six languages, he has been employed as a land surveyor.

“I am pleased to welcome Davor to the police department,” Aftanas said. “I know that he was on other police agency lists, so I am glad that he accepted our job offer. I know that he is eager to start the academy and I am confident he will do well.”

Pavlovic will start at the Illinois State Police Academy in Springfield on April 9.