1. Office of the Chief
  2. Support Bureau

DeKalb Police Department 1The Office of the Chief oversees the day-to-day operations, balances demands for service and resources, and sets short term objectives and long term goals for the Police Department. 

The Deputy Chief is responsible for the development of the Police Department budget. He works with the Command Staff to identify the operational needs, oversees special projects, and acts in lieu of the Chief of Police in his absence. 

The Chief's Administrative Assistant is primarily responsible for auditing the department's reports, reporting crime information in accordance to the CLERY Act, the federal government Uniform Crime Report (UCR), the State of Illinois Racial Profiling data collection, gather and disseminate intelligence for DeKalb County, and provide crime analysis that assists in guiding police operations and protecting our community.


  1. Telecommunications Center

The Communications Division understands the importance of good communication between ourDispatcher performing work at computer agency and the community we serve. The direct link between the public and our officers is the Telecommunications Center, which is staffed 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.

Their primary function is to receive, prioritize and assign calls for service to both Police and Fire departments. They are certified in Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) and are certified through the State of Illinois. They also monitor radio traffic for Public Works and the Fire Department as well as monitor all security cameras throughout the Police Department and the Municipal Building. 

They are staffed with 1 Communications Coordinator, 11 full time telecommunicators, and 6 part time telecommunicators. In 2016 they entered 45,566 police calls, 5661fire/ambulance calls and answered over 22,094 911 calls.


The Investigation Division consists of 1 Commander, 1 Sergeant, 6 Detectives, and 2 Detectives/SRO (School Resource Officer). The division is divided into 4 sections. Crimes section primary responsibilities are investigating general criminal cases requiring follow-up investigations; major criminal offenses assigned directly to the division; investigations of license applicants; and background investigations of police personnel.


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  1. School Resource Officers
  2. Targeted Response Unit

The School Resource Officer program is a cooperative effort betweDect. Lockhart with children at Camp Poweren the DeKalb Police Department and the DeKalb School District. Detective Lockhart, Officer Sullivan, Officer Remnes work together and serve as the DeKalb Police Department School Resource Officers (SRO). They are sworn police officers assigned to the DeKalb School District. Officer Sullivan primarily works at the junior high schools, Officer Remnes primarily works at the elementary schools, and Detective Lockhart primarily works at the DeKalb High School.

The School Resource Officer serves as a teacher, counselor, role model, and advocate for students, families, faculty and staff. The SRO is not the school disciplinarian, nor does he perform any other staff function. He brings full service, personalized policing to an important segment of our community. With a full time presence in the schools, he is an easily recognized and approachable resource for students.

These officers handle the majority of complaints requiring police action in the schools, and they interact with students and staff on non-criminal matters. They also are assigned to investigate criminal offenses committed by juveniles who are referred to the division and make determinations as to their disposition and referrals. They also investigate abuse cases committed against juveniles. The SRO is under the direct supervision of the Criminal Investigation Commander. He also works closely with the principals, dean of students, and school security officers.

The goals of the SRO are:

  • Provide students, faculty and staff the opportunity to meet and interact with a police officer in a non-confrontational setting.
  • To act as a deterrent to crime in the school buildings, on campus, and in the community surrounding the school not only through uniformed presence, but also by developing positive relationships with students, faculty, staff, and community members.
  • To provide for the safety and security of the school’s students, faculty, staff and visitors.


The Patrol Division continues to strive for service excellence as they deal with a wide variety of activity. In addition to handling calls for service and self-initiated activity, community policing remains a high priority with efforts concentrated on high visibility patrols and interaction with local businesses. Officers remain vigilant in preventing criminal activity as they patrol in cars, on motorcycles, foot and bicycles. Criminal and traffic law enforcement and accident investigation are just some of the areas that officers focus on each day. Preventing and displacing crime through walk patrols, bike patrols, business and vacation checks, all contribute to making the City of DeKalb a safer town. 

The Patrol Section consists of 1 Commander, 11 Sergeants, and 37 Patrol Officers. Patrol shifts are 10 hours in duration and officers are assigned to 1 of 3 shifts.


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  1. Bike Patrol
  2. Community Service Officer
  3. Canine Unit
  4. Domestic Violence Unit
  5. Field Training
  6. Honor Guard
  7. ILEAS
  8. Motor Unit
  9. Resident Officer Program
  10. Special Operations Team

Officer Ackland on Bike PatrolIn the Spring of 2001, the DeKalb Police Department started a Bike Patrol program. Currently, 9 officers are assigned to this patrol with the days and hours varying. The officers received a week-long training covering bike safety, traffic laws, nutrition, bike maintenance, tactical moves, and various maneuvers to control the bike.

A Bike Patrol officer is more approachable when patrolling. The officer is encouraged to stop and talk to residents and establish an open and positive communication with the citizens. The Bike Patrol is especially effective during special events and parades. The bike officer can be on roadways and in parking lots providing patrol and still only be seconds away if needed to respond to a call.

There are many benefits in having a bike patrol:

  • Bicycles can go where cars can not.
  • Bike officers have more contact with our youth and become positive role models.
  • Costs are less for bicycles than for cars.
  • Much more ground can be covered on the bike.
  • Officers are out of their cars and are more accessible to the public.
  • Officers can approach silently on the specially designed bikes.
  • Subjects can not generally outrun officers on bikes.