Indian-American cop set to become first person of colour to hold post of Brookfield Police chief
Michael Kuruvilla, an Indian-American officer from Kerala, is slated to become the next police chief of Brookfield, a suburb in the state of Illinois in the United States. He will be the first African-American to occupy this position. Michael Kuruvilla, an Indian-American officer, is slated to become the next police chief of Brookfield, a suburb in the US state of Illinois. Kuruvilla, a Kerala native, will be the first person of colour to hold this position. On the advice of interim Police Chief Edward Petrak, Kuruvilla's candidacy for the top post was accepted by Brookfield Village Manager Timothy Wiberg. On July 12, Kuruvilla will take over as police chief from Petrak. "He has all the abilities and expertise to be chief," Petrak told the Riverside-Brookfield Landmark in a recent interview. “Fifteen years is a good amount of time to lead a department. At every level, he has been a success. He's up to the task.” Kuruvilla, who is now a Deputy Chief, was the first Indian-American recruited by Brookfield Police in 2006. Kuruvilla served as a civilian crisis worker with the Brookfield Police Department before becoming a cop shortly after receiving his master's degree in social work from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2006. "Coming into this, especially coming from an immigrant background, being a cop was never on my radar as a career choice. I have no acquaintances in law enforcement "Riverside-Brookfield Landmark spoke with Kuruvilla.