Police assessment team invites public comment about OFPD

O'Fallon PDO’FALLON – The O’Fallon, Illinois Police Department and Chief Eric Van Hook are pleased to announce that a team of assessors from the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (ILEAP), sponsored by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, will arrive Thursday, October 18, 2018 to complete a two-day on-site assessment of the organization.  

The assessors, representing the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, will conduct inspections, interviews, policy reviews, and audits of the department to determine if the O’Fallon Police Department is worthy of professional accreditation through the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police.

During the accreditation process, the department will be assessed based on 67 separate ILEAP standards regarding administration, operations, training, and personnel.  This is the first time, in the history of the O’Fallon Police Department, to be assessed for professional accreditation.  

As part of the accreditation process, Chief Van Hook and the accreditation team invite the public to voice their opinions, experiences, and other information with the accreditation team.  On Friday, October 19, from 9-10 a.m., citizens can call the assessors and speak privately to discuss their experiences with the O’Fallon Police Department and whether you, the citizens, believe your police department should be accredited.  Citizens may call the O’Fallon Police Department at 618-624-4545, ext 0 and ask to speak with an assessor.  

Once the on-site visit is completed, the assessment team confers, develops an on-site report, and meets with the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police ILEAP Council to discuss their findings.  The Council then votes to determine if the O’Fallon Police Department has met the professional standards to be awarded the esteemed title of “accreditation”.

For more information, please feel free to contact the O’Fallon Police Department’s Accreditation Coordinator; Captain James Cavins (618)624-4545, ext 9539, or jcavins@ofallon.org.