NLU Criminal Justice Student Hired As Roselle Police Officer Aggie Wajda came to NLU with the goal of working in law enforcement


Richard Schak, director of NLU’s Criminal Justice program and retired Chicago Police sergeant, attended student Aggie Wajda’s swearing-in ceremony as a Roselle Police Department officer.

Congratulations to Agnieszka (Aggie) Wajda, a student in NLU’s Criminal Justice program and U.S. Navy veteran, who has been hired by the Roselle Police Department as a police officer.

“From the moment we met Aggie, she made it clear she wanted to become a police officer,” said Richard Schak, director of NLU’s Criminal Justice program, who attended her swearing-in ceremony in Roselle.

Wajda was born in Tarnow, Poland and moved to Chicago in 2002. She became a naturalized citizen in October 2008 and, not wasting any time, enlisted in the U.S. Navy in November 2008. She worked in helicopter maintenance and Navy intelligence until being honorably discharged in 2013. She attended Harper Community College in Palatine and, when she was seeking advice on where to complete her bachelor’s degree,  a mentor advised her to enroll in NLU’s Criminal Justice program.


Wajda’s mother performs the traditional honor of pinning her badge to her uniform.



Wajda’s family members accompany her as Roselle Mayor Gayle Smolinski conducts Wajda’s swearing-in ceremony to the police department.


Wajda finished her NLU coursework this past winter, started to apply for police positions and was hired in Roselle. She plans to attend the Commencement ceremony in June.

She was also recently employed with Walgreen’s corporate in Deerfield as an asset protection officer.

Wajda lives in Palatine. She loves to travel and her dream destinations include Machu Picchu in Peru and  Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain.

She is currently attending police training academy for a 12-week period.

“Becoming a police officer was her dream come true,” said Schak. “Congratulations to Aggie and to those here at NLU that worked with her along the way.”