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Decatur Police Department News

Illinois Department of Transportation awarded DPD Officers DUI Certificates and Pins:

Officer Hagemyer received Pins for 600 and 700 career DUI arrests
Officer Tertocha received a pin for 100 career DUI arrests
Officer Brooks received a pin for 400 career DUI arrests
Officer A. Jostes received a pin for 100 career DUI arrests
Officer Matthews received a pin for 50 career DUI arrests

Officer Scott Gilman was awarded the Decatur Police Department's Key Award for seizing 15 grams of crack cocaine and $1,840.00 dollars as a result of a minor traffic violation that escalated into a short vehicle pursuit and the apprehension of the driver. Great police work Officer Gilman!

Officer Eric Matthews was awarded the Decatur Police Department's Key Award for his investigation of a suspicious vehicle incident which led to the discovery of an operating clandestine meth lab. The meth lab was safely dismantled and the suspects were taken into custody. Great police work Officer Matthews!

Officer Jason Derbort received the 2011 Patrol Deputy Chief’s Performance Award. Officer Derbort initiated a Problem Oriented Policing Project to address the growing number of residential burglaries and thefts involving copper, brass, aluminum, and other metals from vacant houses. Over 20 arrests have been made with numerous convictions.

On November 8th Detective Diane Beggs retired from the Decatur Police Department after 31 years of service. Detective Beggs served as a patrol officer and a juvenile detective. Congratulations to Detective Beggs!

On October 25th Decatur Police Chief Todd Walker handed out awards at the Coalition of Neighborhood Organizations annual volunteer awards program. Congratulations to Old King's Orchard Neighborhood Organization for being recognized as the Neighborhood of the Year.

On October 15th approximately 200 police applicants participated in the 2011 Decatur Police Patrol Officer testing day. Applicants participated in the physical agility portion of the test first. Those that passed the physical agility went on to complete the written examination.

On October 13th the Decatur Police Department participated in Youth Leadership Institute's Government Day. The event gave area students a chance to handle training equipment, witness a K9 demonstration, and the opportunity to ask police department personnel questions about working in law enforcement.

On October 1st Decatur Police Department personnel attended "Child Safety Day" which was sponsored by Senator Kyle McCarter and State Representative Adam Brown. The event was hosted by Robertson Charter School. A K-9 demonstration was performed and officers were on hand to answer questions from the public and pass out items to the kids.

On September 29th six Decatur Police Officers graduated from the Police Training Institute. These six officers will now receive two weeks of in house training before being placed in the field training program which lasts several months.

On September 27th, Chief Todd Walker conducted the swearing in ceremony for the three new members of the Decatur Police Department. Jason Danner, Brent Morey and Shane Wendell will begin training at the Police Training Institute on October 2nd.

On August 24th the Decatur Police Department initiated its "Caring Officers Program". The police department partnered with Prairieland Towing and Peeless Cleaners to donate multiple boxes of clothing and toys to the Northeast Community Fund.

Chief Todd Walker presented Lieutenant Gary Buenting with his retirement plague on September 09, 2011. Lt. Buenting retired from the Decatur Police Department after serving 32 years. Lt. Buenting served as a Patrol Officer, Police Sergeant and was promoted to Lieutenant in 2006. Congratulations and best of luck Gary!

On September 12th, 2011, Chief Todd A. Walker promoted Brad Sweeney from Sergeant to the rank of Police Lieutenant. Lt. Sweeney is a 16 year veteran of the Decatur Police Department. Lt. Sweeney previously served as the Professional Standards Sergeant, third shift Patrol Sergeant, and a Master Patrol Officer. Lt. Sweeney will be the Second Shift Patrol Lieutenant. Congratulations!

Local Officers Win State Title” The Decatur Police Benevolent & Protective Association Unit #39 won the 2011 State PB & PA Softball Tournament. The tournament was held August 20 -21, 2011 in Rockford, Illinois. The Decatur’s team record for the weekend was 6 -0. This team is comprised of nine Decatur Police Officers, two Macon County Sheriff’s Deputies and one Champaign Police Officer. This is the second state title for the Decatur PB & PA Unit #39 team in the past three years.

August 8, 2011, Cody Moore was promoted from Sergeant to the rank of Lieutenant. Lt. Moore is a 21 year veteran of the Decatur Police Department. Lt. Moore has previously served as the Investigations Sergeant, Patrol Sergeant, and a third shift Master Patrol Officer. Lt. Moore will be the Lieutenant in charge of the investigations division. Congratualations!

The 28th Annual National Night Out was held August 2nd in Decatur. National Night Out is designed to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. It also sends a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

The Decatur Police Department, Chief T. Walker, conducted the swearing in ceremony for the 6 new members of the department. The six new Decatur Police Officers Christopher Skalon, Chad Reed, Kenneth Duffy, Adam Siefman, Brad Saul and Christopher Snyder, started on July 6th, 2011 and begin training at the Police Training Institute on July 11, 2011. The ceremony was attended by Mayor McElroy, Councilman Dawson, numerous City of Decatur staff members and numerous family members of the new officers.

In June 0f 2011 Patrol Officer Tony Tertocha was presented with an award by the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM) for his efforts to prevent deaths and injuries caused by intoxicated motorists in Illinois. Lt. Taylor presented Officer Tertocha with the DUI enforcement award.

In June 0f 2011 Patrol Officer Steve Hagemeyer was presented with an award by the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists for his efforts to prevent deaths and injuries caused by intoxicated motorists in Illinois. Lt. Buenting presented Officer Hagemeyer with the DUI enforcement award.

Retired Decatur Police Lieutenant Harold Miller, also a United States Marine who survived the Battle of Iwo Jima of 1945, joined other Iwo Jima veterans in signing an Iwo Jima flag on June 7th at the Veterans Memorial in Forsyth Village Park. The flag has been signed by many of the survivors of the battle of Iwo Jima as it has traveled across the country.

Donna Bates retired from the City of Decatur on Friday, May 6th, 2011. Donna served the City for over 39 years. Donna was most recently the administrative secretary for the Chief of Police. Donna had served eight different Chiefs in her tenure. Prior to the Police Department, Donna also served at the Fire Department. Happy Retirement Donna!

The 2011 State of Illinois Crime Stoppers Conference was held May 5, 6, and 7th in Decatur at the Decatur Conference Center and Hotel. Decatur Police Chief Todd Walker was one of the honorary guests that spoke at the conference. There were 16 different crime stoppers groups in attendance at this year's conference.

The Decatur Police Department recognizes the critical work that our Emergency Communications Center staff members perform daily. The staff performs many tasks, to include answering the 911 call, dispatching the first responders, providing valuable information to the field operations and serving as a lifeline for those first responders. The center’s staff plays a critical role in the safety of police officers, firefighters and citizens. This week, NATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATOR WEEK / April 10-16, 2011, we want to join the community and publically thank our Communication Center staff.

On April 8th, 2011, Todd A. Walker was named the Chief of Police for the Decatur Police Department. Co-workers, friends, & family gathered at the Decatur Civic Center as City Manager Ryan McCrady made the announcement. Chief Walker is a 24 year veteran of the Decatur Police Department.

Deputy Chief Awards were presented to K-9 officers Baldwin, Wise, Brandel, and Jostes by Deputy Chief James Chervinko