Madison Kuklinski

Madison Kuklinski

Elizabethtown Police Department

When Madison Kuklinski, 29, of Elizabethtown, heard that the Elizabethtown Police Department was hiring in 2011, she hadn’t really given much thought to becoming a police officer .

“My dad has been in federal law enforcement my whole life and although I’ve always been the proud daughter of an officer, I never dreamed of being one myself,” she said.

She applied to prove she could do it.

“I love being challenged physically and mentally,” Kuklinski said. “This proved to be one of the best and most important decisions I have ever made in my life.”

She began as a patrol officer and is now in the investigations section of EPD.

“Individuals within the community see police officers every day, often during the worst moments in their lives,” her nominator, Detective Sgt. Matt Hodge, said. “Madison’s professionalism, honesty, integrity and communication skills ensure that members of the community walk away with confidence in the Elizabethtown Police Department to help them with their problems.”

Hodge said Kuklinski’s current responsibilities include investigating serious criminal activities in Elizabethtown.

“After becoming an officer, I developed a deep-routed love and respect for the position because I could help people in a multitude of ways,” Kuklinski said. ”I pride myself in being able to effectively communicate with people, regardless of the situation.”

Kuklinski doesn’t think of herself as being successful, she’s just doing her job.

“It’s a lot easier to have successful case work and positive outcomes when you’re surrounded by other officers and supervisors who work relentlessly towards the same goal,” she said.

In her spare time, she enjoys camping, kayaking and hiking with her boyfriend, Brad, and three dogs.

Becca Owsley can be reached at 270-505-1740 or

bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com.

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