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SYSK: Former law enforcement officer and teacher set to retire

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Thank you. That's what people came to say to Mike Tripolino.

After 23 years of teaching criminal justice at Hawkeye Community College, Tripolino is retiring.

"A great 23 years," said Mike Tripolino.

Before going to the classroom, Tripolino worked in law enforcement for Bremer County, the city of Waverly, the State of Iowa and the city of Denver.

"We just really want to show him how much we appreciate everything he's done for us and the college and communities," said student Alysha McArthur.

Members of the Criminal Justice Club at Hawkeye Community College helped organize a retirement party.

Club president Alysha McArthur sat in several of Tripolino's classes.

"A lot of people wouldn't be law enforcement officers without his help and dedication and his caring character," she said.

McArthur said Tripolino's passion for law enforcement resonates with his students.

"He spoke so highly of it. He loved being an officer, and I wanted to be the best I could kind of as a thank you to him," said McArthur.

Tripolino suffers from Parkinson's Disease, but that's never stopped him from passing on his knowledge to these young adults.

"I want them to understand a law enforcement officer is there to serve and protect and primarily to serve," he said.

Tripolino hopes his students give 100 percent to their profession and his last words of advice....

"People are people. Treat them with respect," he said.

The same respect Mike Tripolino has shown to all these people during his career.

Tripolino's last day at Hawkeye Community College is June 30th.

In retirement, he plans to golf, read and maybe even write a book.

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