Springfield Park District Police Department

  • Agency: Springfield Park District Police Department
  • Address: 2500 South 11th St, Springfield, 62704 IL
  • Chief: Jonathan Davis (Chief of Police)
Phone: (217)753-6221
Fax: (217)698-7456

Springfield Park District Police Department is located at 2500 South 11th St, Springfield, 62704 IL. The Chief of Police of the department is Jonathan Davis. The Springfield Park District Police Department phone number is (217)753-6221.

Springfield Park District Police Department News

Calling all hockey fans...If you're looking for a family fun event this Saturday come join us at the Nelson Center and support this worthwhile cause and our local Children's Hospital.

Thank you to our local sponsors and to everyone who stopped by our Halloween Safety Event on Saturday. We enjoyed seeing all of the different costumes and hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween!

Congratulations to our most recent Citizens Police Academy graduates!

With Halloween only two days away, we wanted to remind you of a few simple tips to have a safe and fun holiday.

Working together for a safer community!

Proud to welcome students from Springfield Christian School. Always good to see students interested in law enforcement.

Tomorrow, Saturday, October 27th the Springfield Police Department is participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. From 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. we will be collecting expired and unused prescriptions at the following locations: • Hy-Vee Pharmacy located at 2115 S. MacArthur Boulevard • Prevention First located at 2800 Montvale Drive The Sangamon County Sheriff's Office will also be collecting at the Sangamon County Public Health Department, 2833 South Grand Ave. East.

Springfield Police are once again proud to be a part of the fight against cancer and are participating in the 3rd annual "Beards & Badges." This program goes from October 1st through the end of the year and for a monetary donation to the American Cancer Society, officers can show off their facial hair and pink badges. Pictured below are some of our officers helping in this year's fight against cancer. Thank you to our officers and for the continued support of the community. Stay tuned for the first SPD Officer of the Beard Award!

Congratulations to Officer Paul Carpenter for being voted Officer of the Quarter by his supervisors and peers for the months of June, July, and August. Officer Carpenter has been with the Springfield Police Department for 25 years and currently serves as one of our K-9 officers on the afternoon shift. Chief Ken Winslow recognized Ofc. Carpenter during a staff meeting today and presented him with a pin and a Certificate of Appreciation. Officer of the Quarter is a new program within the SPD. We look forward to highlighting more of our officers and their hard work throughout the community!

James Pickett was sworn in today as the newest officer to join the Springfield Police Department. Officer Pickett is a lateral hire, joining the force from the Christian County Sheriff’s Office. He is a graduate of Taylorville High School and received a Bachelor of Science from Illinois State University in Criminal Justice Sciences. During his time with the Christian County Sheriff’s Office, he received the IL Law Enforcement Medal of Honor from Governor Rauner and was selected Deputy of the Year in 2014. Chief Kenny Winslow commented, “Officer Pickett is well-respected and holds remarkable credentials and understanding of community policing. His background will be a great addition to our already dedicated department, and we are proud to welcome him.”

Do you know the vast amount of car burglaries and motor vehicle thefts involve unlocked vehicles? These are crimes of opportunity and mostly preventable with a little effort. We ask for the public's assistance in reducing crime by not being an easy target and reporting suspicious activity. An ounce of prevention can go a long way in reducing your chances of being victimized.

Congratulations to Detectives Douglas Sapetti and April Smiddy (both pictured below) and to Officer James Stewart for completing 20 years of service at the Springfield Police Department on October 5th. Your daily hard work and dedication are very much noticed and appreciated. Thank you!!!

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. When a bullying situation is met with a quick and consistent response from an adult, research has shown this can stop the behavior over time. Thank you Hyvee for hosting this event. The kids enjoyed the craft time and we had some great conversation.

We are conducting a full-scale emergency response training exercise today, together with the Springfield Fire Department, other response agencies and District 186 at Springfield High School. This will go on until 12-noon. There is a large presence of emergency vehicles and first responders in this area however, it is only a training drill. Today is a holiday for the district and school is not in session.

Today, one of Springfield's Finest was laid to rest. Robert "RL" Williamson served the citizens of Springfield as a Police Officer for more than 32 years. RL was extremely fond of Superman, hence the attached photo from his service earlier today. Thank you RL.....for your dedication and service.....you are missed already.

A special thank you to our brother Ofc. RL Williamson for his 32 years of dedicated service to the citizens of Springfield. We stand with you in this battle. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Stay strong!

Far to often we see the tragedy that results when pedestrians trespass on railroad property, vehicles disobey traffic signals or drivers try to beat a train. You can't win! Officers are focusing on violators this week--use common sense, stay safe and spend your money elsewhere!

Thank you to everyone who came out to the 2018 Bridging the Gap BBQ on Saturday. This event, in partnership with The Outlet, focuses on bringing members of the community together with police and first responders to develop a more familiar and trusting relationship in an environment that is fun and relaxed. We appreciate everyone who made this day possible and look forward to next year.

Last week, Lt. Sara Pickford and Sgt. Paula Crouch from SPD and Sangamon County Court Security Ofc. Rhonda Kopeitz made a visit to Feitshans School as part of the "COPS in Kindergarten" program. They used donations received from the community and SPD to purchase snacks for the three kindergarten classes. The kids do not eat lunch until later in the school day so they get very hungry in the mornings! The snacks supplement on days when they otherwise would not have anything to eat until lunch. Thank you Lt. Pickford, Sgt. Crouch, and Ofc. Kopeitz for your efforts in caring for the well being of these kiddos!!!