Decatur Police Department

  • Agency: Decatur Police Department
  • Address: 707 W. South Side Drive, Decatur, 62523 IL
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Phone: (217) 424-2711
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Decatur Police Department is located at 707 W. South Side Drive, Decatur, 62523 IL. The Decatur Police Department phone number is (217) 424-2711.

Decatur Police Department News

Press Release - 05/17/2018 On 05/16/18, at approximately 1358 hours, members of the Decatur Police Department / Macon County Sheriff’s Office Interdiction Team, which are assigned to the Decatur Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit, stopped a vehicle in the vicinity of the 152-westbound mile marker off of I72. During the traffic stop, contact was made with the driver (in his 30’s) and sole occupant of the vehicle. Another Interdiction Detective responded with their K-9 partner and conducted a free air sniff around this vehicle, upon which the K-9 alerted to the presence of illegal drug odors emanating from the vehicle. During a subsequent search of the vehicle, Detectives located a concealed compartment which contained 2 packages, the total of which was later discovered to be approximately 2,596 grams of field tested positive cocaine. While attempting to arrest the driver following the discovery of the packages in the concealed compartment, he ran from Interdiction Detectives and fled into a wooded area. Following the response from other Decatur Police Officers / Detectives, Macon County Sheriff’s Office Deputies / Detectives, Illinois State Police Troopers, Illinois Conservation Officers and an agent from the Drug Enforcement Administration, the subject was apprehended near the area of Parr / Klamath Roads southeast of Argenta, IL. He was taken into custody at approximately 1740 hours on 5/16/2018. The arrested received some minor injuries due to fleeing from Detectives through densely wooded areas. He was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for these minor injuries, as well as symptoms of apparent heat exposure. The individual faces arrest for Manufacture / Delivery of Cocaine Over 900 grams. The street sell value of this cocaine is approximately $259,600.00. The Decatur Police Department and Macon County Sheriffs Office thanks the additional above listed agencies and area residents for their assistance in ensuring the apprehension of the driver.

UPDATE: The suspect was apprehended. Thank you to all of the agencies and citizens who helped capture this suspect! The Decatur Police Dept and the Macon County Sheriff's Dept are looking for a suspect who fled from a vehicle on a traffic stop near the rest area of I-72 and the Argenta exit. The suspect is a black male, app. 25-27 years of age, 5'10", 170 pounds, mutliple tattoos, white shirt, and blue jeans. If you have any information or see the suspect, call the Decatur Police Dept at 424-2711.

Officers of the Decatur Police Department responded to a Bank Robbery at First Mid Illinois Bank, 3100 N. Water this morning at around 8:05 AM. At around 8:35 AM the suspect was taken into custody at a nearby hotel located in the 3000 block of N. Water. There were no injuries to anyone involved in this inicident. Great Job to the Officers and the Employees of the bank! Chief Getz

Congratulations to the newest officers who graduated from the Basic Law Enforcement Training on April 12, 2018 from the Macon County Law Enforcement Training Center.

This Wednesday, May 2, the Law Enforcement United bike ride will travel across Macon County as the riders make their way from St. Louis to Washington DC for Police Memorial Week. The riders will enter Macon County from the west on Old Route 36 and continue through Decatur on Route 36 to 105 (William St). The riders will take a rest stop at the New Vision Church at 550 N. Van Dyke. This ride is for a great cause; to memorialize fallen police officers. Please come out & show your support as the riders travel across our area or at the scheduled rest stop. For more information and for times, see the included release.

Chief Getz is aware of a Facebook video of a use of force incident that occurred yesterday involving our officers. The Department Administration is reviewing the matter, as is standard protocol in all use of force incidents. We would like to request that anybody who may have further video of the incident, please contact us at 424-2743. Chief Getz wants to thank you in advance for your assistance in this matter.

Press Release Date 04/19/18 For Information Contact: Sgt. Steve Hagemeyer 424-2711 shagemeyer@decaturil.gov 2018 Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week Decatur Police to Participate in Second Annual Distracted Driving Week Education, Enforcement Campaign to take place April 23-27 DECATUR, IL – Each day, 10 people are killed in distracted driving crashes - contributing to the 37,000 people killed in crashes on U.S. roadways during 2016, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). To help bring attention to the dangers associated with driving distracted, the Decatur Police Department, announced today it will again participate in Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week (DDAW) and conduct an enforcement campaign of Illinois’ distracted driving laws. “No distraction- whether texting or talking on the phone - is ever worth the loss of life on the roadway,” said Sgt. Steve Hagemeyer. “These senseless deaths can easily be prevented if drivers simply choose to focus on the core task of driving when behind the wheel. We aim to do our part to help keep Decatur’s roads safer.” The second annual Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week is a coordinated effort between the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (ILACP), AAA, The Illinois State Police, The Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois High School High School and College Driver Education Association (IHSCDEA) and nearly 300 local law enforcement throughout Illinois to educate motorists about the dangers of driving while distracted and enforcing the laws on Illinois’ roadways. Last year’s DDAW efforts resulted in over 18,000 warnings and citations for distracted driving offenses. Contrary to what some drivers may think, hands-free, handheld and in-vehicle technologies are not distraction-free, even if a driver’s eyes are on the road and their hands are on the wheel. The latest AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety research found that: • Drivers who text when behind the wheel more than double their odds of being involved in a crash; • Drivers who use in-vehicle technologies, like voice-based and touch screen features, can be distracted for more than 40 seconds when completing tasks like programming navigation or sending a text message. • Removing eyes from the road for just two seconds doubles the risk for a crash. Violating Illinois’s distracted driving laws can be costly. Know before you go. In Illinois: • Law prohibits all drivers from texting and driving • Law prohibits all drivers from using a hand-held phone while driving • Law prohibits all teen drivers from using a cell phone while driving For more information on Illinois Distracted Driving Awareness Week visit www.iddaw.org. These partnerships have been formed to help further a traffic safety culture in Illinois and to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries resulting from distracted driving. Please help the ILACP, AAA, and Decatur, to keep Illinois’ roadways safe and Illinois strong.

Come join us for coffee and conversation tomorrow morning.

Decatur Police Department to host Coffee with a Cop on April 18, 2018 Program offers opportunity to meet local officers, discuss community issues Decatur, IL—On April 18, 2018, Officers from the Decatur Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee. All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 7:30 A.M. on April 18, 2018 at Blue Brew Coffee, 225 N. Water St., located inside the Hickory Point Bank Building. The event will conclude at 8:30 A.M. Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Decatur’s neighborhoods. The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction. “We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers,” said Chief Getz. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.” Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the county, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve. The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.

The Decatur Police Department would like to remind you the last day we will accept applications is 3/30/18 for this round of testing. Those interested should have all required paperwork and written test completed prior to this day. Information on how the testing process works can be seen at the attached link. Best of luck to all that apply!

The Decatur Police Department needs your help in solving this week’s crime of the week. On 03/19/18, at approximately 10:42 pm an armed robbery and home invasion occurred in the south parking lot of 1330 E. Wellington Way. A black male wearing a black hoodie, blue jeans, and black shoes with white accents approached the victim who was sitting in their vehicle. The black male brandished a silver revolver and stole U.S. currency from the victim. The black male then forced the victim back to their apartment where he stole other valuable items from another victim who was inside the apartment. The Decatur Police Department needs your help in solving this crime. If you have any information regarding this crime, please call Crime Stoppers at 423-TIPS. You do not have to give your name. Crime Stoppers will pay $500 dollars or more for information that leads to an arrest on the crime of the week. Thank you.

On March 13, 2018, Acting Chief of Police Jason Walker presented Decatur’s newest Police Officer, Andrew Barr, with his badge. Officer Barr is a lateral transfer from Del City, Oklahoma. He previously worked for the Del City Oklahoma Police Department (May 2012-March 2018). Prior to that he was employed by the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office and Guthrie Police Dept. Welcome Aboard Officer Barr.

The Crime Stoppers website is now running correctly. Feel free to sumbit any tips online or via text. Crime Stoppers will pay a reward for any information that leads to a felony arrest.

The Decatur Police Department would like to inform the public that a portion of the Crime Stoppers website is currently down which won’t allow you to submit any tips via text, or online until further notice. You can still call and leave tips by calling Crime Stoppers at 423-TIPS (8477). As a reminder, all information given is anonymous.

Deadline extended until March 30, 2018: The Decatur Police Department is currently accepting applications for the position of Police Patrol Officer. With our new testing process, you pick your testing date! Visit our website at www.decaturil.gov/police/recruitment/hiring-process for more information.

Please read this Herald and Review article. DPD is proud of our officers and all they do for the community!

Chief Getz presenting Officer Jeremy Williams with his badge. Jeremy F. Williams. Age 27. From Caruthersville, Mo. Graduate of Bethel University (Bachelors in Physical Education). Served in Marine Corps Reserves at USMC Reserve Center Memphis, TN. Prior police officer with the Blytheville Police Department, Blytheville Arkansas.

Chief Getz presenting Officer Judson Wienke with his badge. Judson L. Wienke. Age 25. From Tuscola, IL. Served with U.S. Army Reserves at Fort Lee. Prior Police Officer with the Arthur Police Department, Arthur, IL and Sullivan Police Department, Sullivan, IL.

Chief Getz presenting Officer Xxaviar Warren with his badge. Xxaviar D. Warren. Age 22. From Mt. Zion, IL. Xxaviar is currently working towards his Bachelors in Criminal Justice, at Western Illinois University.

Chief Getz presenting Officer Jacob Stewart with his badge. Jacob P. Stewart. Age 23. From Mt. Zion IL. Graduate of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (Bachelors in Criminal Justice). Completed Internship with the Swansea Police Department in Swansea, IL.

Chief Getz presenting Officer Samuel Robeson with his badge. Samuel R. Robeson. Age 28. From Beardstown IL. Prior police officer with the Beardstown Police Department, Beardstown IL.

Chief Getz presenting Officer Clay Pollmann with his badge. Clay R. Pollmann. Age 22. From Bartelso, IL. Graduate of Illinois State University (Bachelors in Criminal Justice Sciences). Completed Internship with the Decatur Police Department prior to employment. Prior Correctional Officer with the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Chief Getz presenting Officer Andrew Medina with his badge. Andrew T. Medina. Age 26. From Bartonville IL. Graduate of Illinois State University (Bachelors in Criminal Justice). Completed Internship with the East Peoria Police Department.

Chief Getz presenting Officer Philip Ganley with his badge. Philip J. Ganley. Age 22. From Decatur IL. Graduate of Millikin University (Bachelors in Sociology). Completed Internship with the Decatur Police Department prior to employment.

Chief Getz presenting Officer Nicholas Errett with his badge. Nicholas C. Errett. Age 22. From Springfield, IL. Graduate of Southern Illinois University (Bachelors in Criminal Justice).