1951-1999

  • In 1954 members of the DeKalb Police Department were still under the direction of the Mayor. The department consisted of 14 men – approximately 1 for every 1000 residents. The staff consisted of the Chief of Police, 2 Lieutenants, 3 Desk Sergeants – 1 for each shift, and 7 Patrol Officers – 2 of whom serviced the parking meters.
    • In addition to the regular police staff there was an auxiliary police force composed of 21 uniformed men – all trained in first aid and basic police work. The auxiliary officers were used for special events and in times of emergency. The auxiliary force was financed by police benefits to raise the required funds.
    • The total budget in 1954 for the police department was $52,790, about 10% of the total city budget.
  • In 1961 the DeKalb Police Department grew to 20 men. No longer were members of the department under the direction of the Mayor. The City Manager appointed the Chief of Police, which was Victor Sarich. The Board of Police and Fire Commissioners was formed and took over the hiring of police officers. The department consisted of the Chief of Police, 2 Lieutenants, 3 Desk Sergeants, and 14 Patrol Officers. The department also employed 1 plain clothes officer who worked with juvenile delinquents. There were 3 women now a part of the department – 2 meter maids and 1 clerk. A probation officer and a welfare officer also worked in conjunction with the juvenile officer. The auxiliary police still assisted the department in special events.
    • The police department added another squad car to its fleet – giving the department a total of three squad cars.
    • The budget for the fiscal year ending April 30, 1960 was $112,000, about 10% of the city budget.
  • On April 28, 1968 the new municipal building was dedicated and is located at 200 South 4th Street, which still holds many city offices and the police department today. The municipal building has 31,130 square feet of floor space, costing $23.67 per square foot. The total cost for the building was $898,000.
    • The department was staffed with 27 police officers and five civilian employees. The staff included the Chief of Police, 2 Lieutenants, 4 Patrol Sergeants, and 18 Patrol Officers. The department was also staffed with 2 plain clothes officers to work with juvenile delinquents and to conduct criminal investigations. Four women assisted the department – 2 meter maids and 2 clerks.
    • The fleet consisted of 6 squad cars, 2 ambulances, 2 services cars and 1 motorcycle – all equipped with 2-way radios.
    • The budget grew to $290,000, about 20% of the city budget.
  • In 1971 the Police Department employed 35 sworn personnel and 10 civilians. Two of the civilians were part-time. The budget was $484,960 – an approximate 18% increase from the previous year. The fleet grew to seven marked squad cars and five unmarked squad cars.
  • In 1977 the Fraternal Order of Police (F.O.P.) labor union was chartered having 44 members. For several years, the police were unionized through AFSCME. It was decided that when AFSCME endorsed presidential candidate Jimmy Carter, the police officers would leave the AFSCME union and form the Fraternal Order of Police.
  • In 1978 police communications started handling emergency calls for fire and ambulance services. Prior to this, the Fire Department received and dispatched these calls. It was projected that this would add an additional 2000 calls for the police communication center.
  • In 1980 a Kodak Microimage terminal, camera and processor was purchased. A clerk was hired through a CETA program to microfilm about 75,000 police reports dating back to 1966.
    • The Communication Center was remodeled replacing the radio consoles with up to date equipment. To improve the safety of the dispatchers, the citizen’s complaint window was replaced with safety glass, an electric lock was installed on the door leading from the police department lobby into the police department.
  • In 1981 the completion of the programming and installation of an IBM System 34 computer was done, which was reprogrammed and leased from NIU in 1979. The Crime Analysis and Management Information System CAMIS was installed and allowed for data base maintenance, uniform crime reporting, and data retrieval. This system was one of the most modern and versatile systems available to law enforcement.
  • By 1989, the department consisted of 1 Chief, 3 Lieutenants, 5 sergeants, 34 Patrol Officers, and 10 civilians. A patrol officer started at $11.29 per hour; a sergeant at $16.51 per hour and a Lieutenant at $19.09 per hour; a telecommunicator started at $8.20 per hour and a secretary started at $6.89.
    • The North Central Narcotics Task Force (NCNTF) was incorporated in 1989 due to the increase of drug activity in the community and the need for undercover officers to work this type of detail. Efforts were made in 1988 to form the Task Force by pursuing the Illinois State Police and requesting their assistance to organize the Task Force. The State of Illinois receives federal monies to assist the Task Force in its operation, as well as being supplemented by monies received from seizures. Members of the NCNTF are comprised of officers from the State, DeKalb County and Municipalities within DeKalb County. The undercover officers investigate and apprehend those citizens selling, using, and producing narcotics and/or cannabis. The Task Force has been successful and very useful to law enforcement agencies.
    • The FY1988/89 budget was $2,493,254.
    • During this time, the department began a time consuming project in looking for a new computer system for the department. The current system at that time was 10 years old and lacked adequate storage capabilities. The department formed a steering committee and hired a consultant in researching a new system. The new computer system, Marks Systems, was installed in 1991.
    • The department also worked on buying a new police radio system. After researching and request for proposals were sent out, the department bought a General Electric radio system, mainly due to its encryption feature. The encrypted transmission could not be picked up by scanners and it gave an additional level of security when sensitive police information was needed to be transmitted. Another feature included a “help” key on the portable and mobile units. This help key, when pressed, sent a signal to the radio room alarming them that an officer was in need of assistance. The new system was installed in 1990.
  • In 1990 an Emergency Telephone Systems Board was formed to oversee the implementation of the new E911 system. The board consisted of nine members – three from the police department. Considerable time and resources were spent bringing the E911 system to operation. The E911 system became operational on April 26, 1993. The E911 system allows the telecommunicator to see the name and location of where the call is coming from.
  • In 1993 the 3 Lieutenant positions left the F.O.P. union and became a part of the city administrative staff. This was largely due to younger F.O.P. members taking on a leadership role and it becoming an untenable position for the Lieutenant to remain in the union and have a command presence.
  • By 1995, the department increased to 52 sworn, and 11 full time and 7 part time civilian employees. A corporal position was created to assist the street sergeant with their duties, as well as take over their duties when a sergeant is unavailable. Four officers serve at this rank. This was the 2nd year the school liaison officer continued to serve the high school and junior high.
  • In 1995 a police officer started at $14.788 per hour; a corporal at $20.49 per hour; a sergeant $21.50 per hour; a telecommunicator started at $10.86 and a secretary at $8.86.
    • The budget for the FY1995/96 was $3,146,980.
  • In 1996 the Communications Center was equipped with a Data Transmission Network (DTN) terminal. This is a comprehensive weather monitoring system, which is fed via satellite. It has the capabilities of past, present, and future weather conditions. This assists the city and department when inclement weather is imminent in the area. The department also receives weather reports from the National Weather Service and Murray and Trettel – both giving watches and warnings to the DeKalb County area.
    • Due to the flood of 1996, the City of DeKalb purchased a computer system - Reverse 911. This system is totally separate from Emergency 911. Reverse 911 enables the Police Department to contact residents in a specific geographic area or from a select list of phone numbers. Situations where Reverse 911 would be used is heavy rains, flooding, missing children, crime information and crime alerts. Reverse 911 has the capability of making 400 to 600 calls per hour depending on the number of lines used, length of the message, and number of callback.
  • In 1997 Mobile Data Terminals (MDTs) were installed in all marked and unmarked squad cars. This enables the police to participate in the Area Wide Law Enforcement Radio Terminal System (ALERTS), which is a data system developed for law enforcement purposes throughout Illinois. It provides the officer on the street with information they need for quick, effective decision making such as LEADS inquiries, criminal history access, car-to-car and car-to-station communication regional broadcast capabilities, and interfacing to CAD systems.
    • Members of the department worked on a new design for the police patch that is worn on the uniform. Three patches were designed and voted on by members of the department. The new patch was then incorporated. The original police patch had been used from the 1960s to 1997.
  • In 1998 discussions and training were held to establish a DeKalb County Major Case Squad. By May 27, 1999, the first meeting was held. The mission of the Major Task Case Squad is to enhance the ability of the law enforcement agencies in DeKalb County to solve major crimes. Major crimes are defined as: homicide, attempted homicide, kidnapping (non-parental), serial arson, rape, or sexual assault, police-involve shooting or deadly force incident and other exceptionally heinous offenses.
    • The Major Case Squad consists of members from law enforcement agencies of DeKalb County, DeKalb County State's Attorney office, DeKalb County Coroner's office, and the Illinois State Police. Since 1999, the Task Force has investigated 6 major cases.
  • In 1999 the department increased to 54 sworn personnel and 12 full time and 8 part time civilian personnel. On August 11 the department instituted Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) and 1 month later the Records Management computer system, which involved many hours of planning and implementing. This was purchased from H.T.E. of Lake Mary, Florida – a computer system used by police departments throughout the United States. This system has brought the department up to the ever-advancing technology. There are now 29 computers located within the department.
  • In 1999, a police officer started at $17.30 per hour; a corporal at $23.97 per hour; a sergeant at $26.42 per hour; a telecommunicator at $12.72; a secretary at $10.37 and a senior secretary at $14.54.