Police Department has gone through many changes
through the years and we certainly anticipate many
more changes to come.
2000, the department remained at 54 sworn
personnel. The Communications Division increased by
one giving us a total of eight full-time
Telecommunicators. In August 2001, City Council
approved another full-time Telecommunicator giving
us nine. This increase is largely due to
maintaining two full-time Telecommunicators on duty
at all times. The Police Department also hired a
Community Service Officer. The fleet of 20 squads
remains the same with future plans of increasing the
marked squad cars.
In 2002, the
department increased it sworn personnel to 57 and
the Communication Division to nine full-time
telecommunicators. One additional part-time
Community Resource Officer was also hired. The
department received a 1997 Dodge Stratus through a
drug seizure. This vehicle is used for drug and
In 2002 the
Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System (ILEAS) was
organized. The purpose of ILEAS is to provide a
system of mutual aid among participating law
enforcement agencies. Those agencies signing an
agreement express their intent to aid and assist
other participating law enforcement agencies during
an emergency by assigning some of their resources,
equipment, and/or law enforcement personnel to the
agency affected by natural or man-made emergencies.
The DeKalb Police Department signed an agreement.
department received a $311,482.00 federal grant.
These monies went towards the purchase of 14 laptop
computers that were installed in the squad cars.
The laptop computers allow officers to make LEADS
(Law Enforcement Agency Data System) inquiries such
as criminal histories, vehicle registration
information, driver's license information and
property information. It also allows the officer to
inquire the department's RMS (Records Management
System) for person, property, and location
The fleet of 20
was increased to 22 in 2003.
August 2003 LiveScan and Digitial Booking were
installed. LiveScan was made possible due to a
grant received from Illinois Criminal Justice
LiveScan is a system where
fingerprints are taken using a touch-screen display
and the person’s identifiers are entered into the
computer. Both are then submitted to the Bureau of
Identification electronically. Identification of
the person is then returned to the department within
minutes. LiveScan helps cut down the redundancy of
data entry performed by the clerical staff.
is a computerized system that
captures, stores and retrieves criminal mug shots,
images and data These images and data can be used
to create photo lineups and mug books to help
identify suspects involved in a crime and speed the
investigative process. The system interfaces to the
department's Records Management System where
retrieval of a person’s photo can be viewed from any
systems were made available through grants.
grant was also received this year allowing
us to purchase an additional squad car.
This additional squad car brings the
department’s fleet to 24.
2004 the department began the
collection of racial profiling data. This
new law was to be a four year statewide
study of traffic stops to collect data to
identify racial bias. The Illinois
Department of Transportation (IDOT) will be
responsible for collecting and compiling the
data. A racial profiling module was added
to our record management system (CRIMES) in
order to collect this data. The data
is collected on every traffic stop and it is
then submitted to IDOT once a month.
The study was changed to now be 1 years of
2004 the Communications Division upgraded
both of its main dispatch positions with new
desks and chairs. The desktop
workspace was greatly increased. The
desks feature a “lift” feature allowing the
desks to be adjusted from seated to standing
positions and allows the dispatchers to
adjust the height of the keyboard and mouse,
desktop and monitor heights for better
police officer was chosen to reside in a
housing project where deteriorating
conditions existed. The officer is the
liaison between the neighbors and government
resources. Identifying problems and
finding solutions will be one of the goals
in creating a safe neighborhood.
neighborhood to initiate the program was at
14th Street and Lewis Street. The
DeKalb County Housing Authority provided an
apartment to the officer in this complex
rent free. The Resident Officer is
assigned a marked squad car, which they take
2004, the Police Department received a
federal grant, COPS MORE, to hire three more
police officers. City Council
authorized the additional three hires and in
January 2005 those three officers were
hired—bringing the total of sworn officers
2004 the department received grant money
from the DeKalb County Community Foundation
and from WalMart. The money was used
to purchase four automated external
defibrillators (AED’s.) The AED’s were
placed in squad cars to be used by police
first responders. It is the department's
goal to equip all squad cars with AEDs.
past year the department switched over to
using LiveScan exclusively for
fingerprinting. LiveScan is a system
where fingerprints are taken using a
touch-screen display and the person’s
identifiers are entered into the computer.
Both are then submitted to the Bureau of
Identification of the person is then
returned to the department within minutes.
April 2004 an additional officer was
added to the Bike Patrol – increasing the
number to five and a new Giant© mountain
bike was purchased to accommodate the new
DeKalb Police Department joined the Drug
Enforcement Administration Task Force in
June 2004. DeKalb has assigned one
officer to work undercover assignments in
the multi-jurisdictional enforcement group.
The goal of the Task Force is to work in
close partnership with state and local law
enforcement agencies in the investigation of
major drug trafficking organizations. In
2009 the undercover officer returned to the
department due to budget constraints and
shortage of officers.
July 2004 City Council authorized adding the
motorcycle to our fleet. It had been
over 20 years since the department has had a
Motor Unit. The Motor Unit began service on
September 8, 2004. The Motor Unit will be
used for traffic enforcement, special events
and as a tool to interact with the public -
especially children and youths.
Traffic enforcement will occur in high crash
locations and in residential neighborhoods
within the City. In addition to
traffic enforcement, the Motor Unit will
patrol the parks and bike paths in the City.
They will be involved in the department's
traffic safety and community relation
assigned to the Motorcycle Unit are known as
“motormen.” They must pass an 80-hour
certified training program, which is put on
by Northwestern University's Department of
Public Safety and Harley-Davidson
motorcycle is a low cost addition to the
fleet as the department grows. The
motorcycle is leased from Kutter Harley
Davidson in Janesville, Wisconsin for $1 a
year. The motorcycle also helps to
control fuel expenses.
motorcycle unit was the lead position in the
Vice Presidential motorcade this fall.
year, Officer Johnson was selected to be
part of a Regional Law Enforcement Team
(Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm Systems
Region 3 [ILEAS]), Weapons of Mass
Destruction (WMD) and Special Response Team
(SMT). Members of this team were
to provide a
local tactical capability of response to
situations where a hazardous materials and a
human threat exists at the same time and
place. ILEAS was organized in 2002 and
formed for the purpose of providing to aid
and assist other participating law
enforcement agencies during an emergency.
the Fall of 2004 the department, along with
the DeKalb County Housing Authority, worked
together in an effort to combat crime in
location chosen are the Lewis Court
Apartments on 14th Street. The program
approved by the United States Department of
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has been
successful at other HUD properties across
the country. The goal of the Resident
Officer Program is to eliminate problems
caused by visitors and unauthorized boarders
at the low-income apartment complex.
allows the officer to live at the complex
rent free, paying only his utilities.
Officer Quist was chosen and he is also
provided with a take-home squad car to
increase the omnipresence not only at the
complex but in the surrounding Pleasant
St./Lewis St. neighborhoods.
In 2005 the
first Citizen Police Academy was held.
The academy helped us inform citizens about
law enforcement practices and issues.
Fifteen citizens graduated from this 10-week
In August 2005
Officers Burt Johnson and Jason Watson
responded to the call for aid to assist in
the Hurricane Katrina battered areas of
Louisiana. Officer Johnson joined
about 100 officers from Illinois as part of
the first wave of the Illinois Law
Enforcement Alarm System (ILEAS) team sent
for a two week deployment. Officer
Watson volunteered to go in the second wave
unit was expanded to three officers.
Officer Keith Rominski attended the
Northwestern University Center for Public
Safety Motorman School creating this third
department purchased a digital mugshot
system. In the past persons arrested
were photographed using a 35mm camera.
The film was sent off and two copies were
made of each photograph. Records
clerks hand wrote the persons' identifiers,
charge, and a negative number on the back of
each photo. One photo was filed in an
arrest jacket and one photo was filed using
the Identi-Kit IDMO Photo Classification
Chart (IDMO). The negative was filed
in a book in the event it was needed later.
Officers created line-ups by manually going
through the photo file and inserting the
pictures into a handcut file. Thanks
to today's technology, pictures and lineups
are stored on a server and retrieved via any
in-house computer. Creating line-ups
are as simple as click, drag and drop.
Photos and/or line-ups can be e-mailed to
other agencies, inserted into tip sheets,
wanted posters, missing persons, etc., or
sent to a local printer for internal use.
In 2005 our
dispatch center was a beta test site for its
CAD system manufacturer - Sungard H.T.E.
This upgrade (CAD 6) was a major
undertaking. The end results were for
a much improved CAD system, as well as a
Windows-based CAD Admin tool.
budget was $7,429,329. There were 12
marked patrol vehicles and 16 unmarked
patrol vehicles, along with one motorcycle
and five bicycles.
continues to undergo many changes. In
2006 a sixth sergeant position was created
for the patrol division to serve as
Administrative Assistant to the Patrol
Lieutenant. This position fills in for
patrol sergeants when necessary; however,
the main duties are spent on projects and
programs that were normally performed by the
street sergeants. This position frees
up the street sergeants' duties - allowing
them to concentrate more on street level
has increased to 62 sworn and 17 civilian
and one part-time canine unit. In 2006
the department's fleet is made up of 13
marked squad cars, two motorcycles, six
bicycles, one speed trailer, six detective
cars, one community service officer car, one
"drug forfeited" car and five administrative
cars. Three cars are used for drug
enforcement (two are owned by the state).
One additional squad car was added to our
"Take Home Squad" program. A program
to use to increase visibility in
neighborhoods. A squad car today is equipped
with a mobile laptop computer, digital
in-car video system w/in-car playback,
moving radar unit, AR-15 rifle, digital
camera, AED, tire deflation devices and a
police scanner, as well as various other
equipment. In 2006 approximately
488,487 miles were patroled.
In 2006 a metal
detector was installed in the Municipal
Building for the safety and of the courtroom
personnel and public. The DeKalb
County Sheriff's Department provided the
metal detector. It is mandated that a
police officer and a community service
officer work court security on Mondays for
traffic and city court.
In 2006 the
department has its first canine unit.
This came with the assistance of the North
Central Narcotics Task Force (NCNTF) where
approximately $18,000 was paid for by the
NCNTF using drug forfeiture funds. K9
Nick is a three year old German Shepherd,
born in Holland. He is provided with
body armor that was donated by the Illinois
Vest Dog - a charitable organization.
"Nick" will work for the Task Force the
first three years and then he will be with
the DeKalb Police Department full time.
He is trained in narcotics detection,
suspect apprehension, handler protection,
tracking and article searches.
2006/2007 budget is $7,942,415.00. In
2006 a starting patrol officer makes $24.73
per hour. In 2006, 10,989 911 calls
were received directly into the department.
*This number does not reflect how many 911
calls were transferred from the DeKalb
County Sheriff's Department.
In the 2006/2007
school year the first Teen Police Academy
was held at the DeKalb High School.
The Citizen Police Academy continues to be
held once a year.
In 2006 the
department instituted a new rifle program.
Rock River Arms AR-15 carbines were
purchased with the intention of replacing
the shotguns. An intense training
program was instituted, including a
qualification course of fire.
In the 2007/2008
school year another officer was assigned to
the DeKalb School District full time -
increasing this to two full-time officers.
The school district assists in paying for
this second officer.
has presented many challenges to the DeKalb
Police Department. Due to the
economy, a hiring freeze has occurred -
leaving the department at 63 sworn
personnel. Some of the budget cuts
within the department have been decreasing
training, eliminating teaching D.A.R.E. in
the schools, and only purchasing one new
declining economy, we are working hard at
moving forward in building a new police
facility as we have grossly outgrown our
current home. City Council has agreed
for the need of a new police facility;
however, they struggle with how to pay for
it. A Citizens' Police Facility
committee was formed to review a previously
conducted space needs analysis, determine if
the project should be delayed, and how to
pay for the facility. A space study
needs was done six years ago when our first
attempt was made at building a new police
department. It was recommended that a
55,000 square foot building would be needed
for our current needs and to meet future
needs. We currently reside in a 17,500
square foot area of City Hall.
Meetings were held between the architect
hired to assist the committee and City staff
members. The committee's
recommendations to City Council included
building a 56,500 square foot facility,
funding it with a property tax and
restaurant and bar tax increase and to begin
the project immediately.
On February 14,
2008 a tragedy struck Northern Illinois
University and the community. It is a
day we will never forget. A lone
gunman entered NIU Cole Hall, a large
lecture hall, and opened fire with a shotgun
and switched to handguns with about 100
students in attendance. A total of 24
people were shot - six of whom died,
including the suspect. Our thoughts
and prayers will always be with the family
and friends of those involved.
This year the
department underwent a new look. The
Administration Division went from wearing a
police uniform to a monogrammed shirt with
dress pants. Sworn personnel went from
wearing medium blue shirts to dark navy blue
with the bullet proof vest being worn on the
outside of the shirt. The Chief of
Police and Lieutenants continued to wear the
The FY09 budget
In 2009 a few changes occurred.
The department went to a new parking ticket
system - Complus. This system rids of
handwritten tickets and allows officers to
use a handheld computer that prints the
ticket onto thermal paper. The
handheld allows officers to select the
appropriate citation from a drop-down menu
and the "ineligible handwriting" will no
longer be an issue for the data entry people
or the courts. The handhelds also have
the capability of capturing a picture of the
department, also in alliance with other
nearby agencies, was part of the Prairie
Shield Regional Alliance grant. This
project replaced the old radio console and
portable radios with a Motorola Starcom 21
radio system. This system allows us to
talk to any Starcom agency across Illinois.
Plans also were made to move the dispatch
center into the conference room and vise
department sent a sergeant to the Marijuana
Leaf Identification course at the Illinois
State Forensic Lab in December. This
was an 80-hour course learning how to
analyze the plant material and determine if
it is cannabis. The minimum score on
the written and practical test is 100% -
which he passed. This certification
allows him to testify in court as an expert
2010 the City budget was greatly reduced due
to the severe recession. This impacted
the department by not filling three officer
positions and two secretaries were laid off
- replacing one of the secretaries through
attrition. This has greatly impacted
The dispatch center, conference room
and records room underwent a remodel.
The dispatch room moved into the conference
room - allowing for four workstations.
The conference room was then moved into the
dispatch center. The file cabinets
that homed the department's arrest jackets
were disposed of, the wall separating the
records room of the interior vestibule was
eliminated - opening up the room.
department received a grant from the DeKalb
County Community Foundation allowing the
purchase of two new squad car computers; a
grant from Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm
System (ILEAS) gave us the ability to
purchase five new squad car laptops and a
grant from Sigma Alpha Mu allowed us to
purchase two laptop computers - one for
administration and one for investigations.
the City also handled a nationally
recognized homicide case that occurred in
Prairie Park. The victim was a NIU
student. Antinette "Toni" Keller, who was
reported as missing. Numerous
investigative hours resulted in the
suspect's arrest - Billy Curl.
Investigators worked around the clock to
solve this heinous crime - giving the
citizens and students their sense of
FY11 budget was $9,440,572.
In 2011 talks
again took place to build a new police
facility. Unfortunately this time it
will be with less money and a smaller
building. The City finally voted to
have PSA Dewberry as the architect.
Many plans/changes have occurred in order to
build this new facility. The location
will remain the same - 800 block of W.
On February 1st
thru February 2nd the City prepared for a
blizzard. Officers were asked to bring
in their personal snowmobiles in order to
respond to calls for service. The
blizzard brought 18.7 inches of snow with
wind gusts of 50+ miles per hour. The
officers had to assist several stranded
motorists not only in the City but in the
department continues to move forward in the
21st century, we know that one thing will
remain the same - to maintain peace and
protect the citizens of DeKalb.