2011-2015

  • In 2011 there were 60 sworn officers and 16 civilian personnel.  The FY12 budget was $10,142,254.  The department had 15 marked patrol cars, 16 unmarked squads, 2 motorcycles, 6 bicycles, and 1 K9.  
    • In 2011 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 security back.
    • The 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 - 700 block of W. Lincoln Highway.
    • On February 1 through February 2 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 county.
  • In 2012 the Police Department underwent big changes.  Chief Feithen retired after 12 years as Chief of Police.  Retired Lt. Ron Pearson was appointed as Chief Administrator to serve until a new Chief of Police was hired.  He served from February 27th until May 31st.  Gene Lowery was hired as the new Chief of Police.  Upon the hiring of Chief Lowery the department started reorganizing.  The department's first Deputy Chief was created appointing Lt. Wes Hoadley to fill this position.  
    • Construction began for the new police department in September with the goal of a move in date in the Fall of 2013.  
    • The implementation of new software for the department began.  Many hours were spent converting old data into the new system, setting up the new system, training everyone on the new system, and having a go-live date in April.  The new system, Sungard OSSI, is a windows-based system having many applications.  The Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) and a Records Management System (RMS) are the hub of the system.  Additional modules were purchased to aid the department in record retrieval and analysis, as well as for property and evidence, gang information, internal affairs, and a web based program for citizens to view calls for service on the world-wide web.
    • Another big change the department underwent was the redesign of the squad cars.  The squad cars went from green and white to a traditional black and white look.  
    • Additional officers were hired bringing our strength to 63 sworn officers.  A lateral entry program was also initiated for new hires.  
    • In 2012 the department joined the social media world with Facebook and Twitter.  The department primarily uses Facebook with the plan to use Twitter in the future.  The department also implemented a mobile application for crime reporting called "iWatch."  Crime tips can be submitted via text and sent into our dispatch center.  
    • In 2012 the department reassigned an officer to the Department Enforcement Administration (DEA) to help improve the quality of life for our citizens and reduce crime.  
    • The FY12/13 budget for the department was $9,656,419. 
  • In 2013 the department moved from the old station at 200 S. 4th Street to our new headquarters at 700 W. Lincoln Highway. Starting at 200 S. 4th Street a processional of squad cars, with their red lights flashing, proceeded down Lincoln Highway making their way to the new facility.  Visit our Dedication and Opening Ceremony page.
    • The department implemented the Crime Free Housing Bureau to help reduce crime in the nearly 9000 rental properties in the City.  
    • A Resident Officer Program (ROP) also began in the Pleasant Street Neighborhood in an effort to reduce crime and improve the quality of life in this neighborhood.  The City purchased a home in this neighborhood, renovated the home, and an officer and his family moved in.  
    • A Community Relations and Training section was formalized helping to improve community relations and improve training for the department's staff.  This section consists of 1 officer. 
    • The department also introduced a  Domestic Violence Unit to review incidents of domestic violence in an effort to help with the prosecution of cases and attempt to decrease repeat calls for service.
    • A Targeted Response Unit (TRU) was deployed to serve as a proactive policing measure to address street crime, narcotics trafficking, and gun violence within the City.  This unit consists of 1 Sergeant and 3 patrol officers.  
    • Re-established was the department's Canine Unit.  "Tach," a Belgian Malinois born in Slovakia, joined the department and serves as a dual purpose drug detective and patrol dog.  He is trained in narcotics detection, handler protection, suspect apprehension, building and area searches articles searches and tracking.
    • The department added a prisoner transport vehicle to its fleet by reconditioning a former DeKalb Fire Department ambulance.  It is called "Squad 300." 
    • The department joined forces with the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department to form the county's 1st multi-jurisdictional Special Operations Team (SOT).  This team is used to address high risk warrant service and arrests, as well as any hostage or barricaded gunmen situations.
  • In 2014 an Open House was held on April 26th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  A ribbon cutting ceremony was held with the Mayor, past and present City Council members, and staff.  Citizens were invited and given a full tour of the new police facility with presentations regarding the history and evolution of the DeKalb Police.  Visit our Open House page.
    • In 2014 the department was authorized to increase their strength to 65 sworn police officers.  The hiring of these two additional police officers will be completed in 2015.  The civilian strength was 24.  
    • The department continued to work closely with the Northern Illinois University (NIU) Police Department in ways to work together to address student and community needs.
    • The implementation of "GovPay," a vendor that facilitates credit card payments for parking tickets, posting bond, and other administrative fees, was installed in 2014.  This system distributes payments to the intended recipients, such as the Circuit Clerk office for bond.  This system increased officers' time on the street opposed to having to transport prisoners who are unable to post bond.
    • Another implementation was the automated traffic accident reporting system - "APRISS."  This system allows officers to electronically complete and submit traffic accident reports, streamlining the process of dissemination to motorists, insurance companies, and the Illinois Department of Transportation.  It currently does not integrate with our OSSI computer system and a portion of the report is still manually entered in the Records Management System by Records personnel.
    • The "Narcon program" was implemented to the Patrol Division, which trained officers on how to administer a drug known as Narcon.  This drug is used to counteract the effects of a narcotics overdose.  The drug is administered by the first responder, which increases the victim's chance of survival when "seconds" count.  
    • On December 27th two patrol officers attended the funeral of a New York Police officer who was one of two officers killed in the line of duty while sitting in their squad car.  The death of the two NYPD officers occurred due to an incident in Ferguson, Missouri that sparked civil unrest a few months prior.  Thanks to JetBlue Airlines they offered to fly two officers per department, across the country, for free so they could attend the funerals.  Attendance to both funerals was in excess of 30,000 police officers.  Unfortunately, several other officer deaths continue to occur due to the ongoing civil unrest, including another NYPD officer killed in 2015.  JetBlue Airlines again flew officers to attend that officer's funeral for free.  
    • The budget for the department was $11,286,463.