Bloomington Police Department

  • Agency: Bloomington Police Department
  • Address: 305 S East St, Bloomington, 61701 IL
  • Chief: Randall D. McKinley (Chief of Police)
Phone: 309-434-2700
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Bloomington Police Department is located at 305 S East St, Bloomington, 61701 IL. The Chief of Police of the department is Randall D. McKinley. The Bloomington Police Department phone number is 309-434-2700.

Bloomington Police Department News

Tired of sitting at a desk and want to make a difference? Apply now and start helping your community We are hiring new patrol officers starting at $65,327. The Bloomington Police Department has open applications for new hires as well as lateral transfers until the end of the year. Go to www.cityblm.org/policejobs for additional information. We are taking applications until December 31, 2018. City of Bloomington - City Hall

Mandi Lake-Gawronski and her son Carter (age 4) stopped by the station yesterday and presented the officers with treat bags. Mandi and Carter created the treat bags in remembrance of Rockford Police Officer Jaimie Cox, who was killed while on duty on November 5, 2017 in Rockford, IL. Thanks for supporting law enforcemet Carter and Mandi! #GoneButNotForgotten

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Kirkwood Homicide Assistance The Bloomington Police Department is seeking the public’s help in the investigation of the murder of Trevonte Kirkwood. Kirkwood was shot to death in the 1300 block of North Oak Street in Bloomington on Tuesday, 10/30/2018. Officers first received 911 calls reporting the shooting at 8:41 p.m. The Criminal Investigations Division continues to canvass the surrounding areas for possible security camera footage that could assist in the investigation. If you have security cameras, or are aware of security cameras, that point toward the street in the highlighted map area (below), we ask that you contact Det. Jeff Engle at 309-434-2371 or email him at jengle@cityblm.org. If you think your security footage may self-delete, we ask that you save a copy. The hours of interest are 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on 10/30/2018. Please do not presume any security camera footage you may be aware of is irrelevant. If the Bloomington Police Department has already been in contact with you about security video, there is no need to re-report that information.

LONG TERM DRUG INVESTIGATION During early morning hours on Friday, November 2, 2018, Bloomington Police Department’s Vice Unit concluded a three-month investigation focused on powder cocaine and crack cocaine distribution in Bloomington, IL. With the assistance of members of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, United States Marshals Task Force, Illinois State Police Tactical Response Team and Bloomington Police Department’s Special Weapons and Tactics Team, federal search warrants were executed at three apartments located in Bloomington, Illinois: 2102 E. Empire St., 2010 E. Empire and 705 Fairmont Drive. Seized during the execution of the search warrants were approx. 185 grams of powder cocaine, approx. 115 grams of crack cocaine, approx. $6,900 in United States currency, three handguns, one shotgun and one bullet proof vest. Arrested today as a result of this investigation were four Bloomington men: Khalil R. Hood, age 23, of 705 Fairmont Drive Lorenzo L. Aken, age 38, of 601 S. Lee Larry J. Lanier, age 52, of 2010 E. Empire Raymone Stephens, age 30, of 1108 Ekstam Drive Pictured left to right are Hood, Lanier, Aken then Stephens. Federal charges are also pending on several of the defendants in this case. The investigation continues and further arrests are expected. No further information will be released at this time. Additional information related to the details of this case will be available next week. All subjects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

** HOMICIDE UPDATE ** The Bloomington Police Department, the McLean County Coroner’s Office and McLean County State’s Attorney’s Office continue to investigate the homicide that occurred on 10/30/2018 in the 1300 block of North Oak. The victim has been officially identified by the McLean County Coroner as Trevonte D. Kirkwood, 27, of Bloomington. An autopsy was performed by a forensic pathologist on 10/31/2018. The cause of death is multiple gunshot wounds. Additional details regarding this incident are not being disclosed at this time. If you have information regarding this incident, you are asked to contact Detective Jeff Engle, 309-434-2371, or Detective Paul Jones, 309-434-2548. If you wish to remain anonymous, you are encouraged to contact the McLean County Crimestoppers at 309-828-1111. If your call leads to the arrest and indictment of a suspect, you may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

HOMICIDE - 1300 block of N. Oak St. On Tuesday, 10/30/2018, at approximately 8:40 p.m., Bloomington Police officers responded to the area of the 1300 block of N. Oak, Bloomington, IL., for a report of a person shot. Upon arrival officers located an unresponsive adult male laying on the sidewalk. The male was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Additional information will be released in conjunction with the McLean County Coroner’s Office later in day on 10-31-2018. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact Det. Jeff Engle, (309) 434- 2371 or Det. Paul Jones, (309) 434-2548 of the Bloomington Police Department or the department’s main line at (309) 820-8888. If you wish to remain anonymous, please call McLean County Crime Stoppers at (309) 828-1111. If your call leads to the arrest and indictment of suspect(s) you may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Bloomington Police officers are once again taking part in “No Shave November” to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Officers that made personal monetary donations to the American Cancer Society have been allowed to get their shaggy on. At the end of November, we will conduct a Facebook poll - complete with beard photos - to declare the best beard at BPD. Put down those razors and help us raise cancer awareness this month!

Large Drug Seizure with Two Arrests On Thursday, October 25, 2018, members of BPD's Vice Unit, Street Crimes Unit and Special Weapons and Tactics Team concluded a drug investigation into the sale of illegal narcotics. As a result of this investigation a search warrant was executed by the BPD SWAT team in the 1000 Block of South Main Street, Bloomington, IL. During the execution of the search warrant, Jason Greene, age 40, of Bloomington, was arrested. A second suspect, Parish Mayberry, age 39, of Bloomington, was also arrested near Oakland Avenue and Clinton Street by the members of the BPD's Street Crimes Unit. A search of the S. Main St. residence resulted in the recovery of 2,516 ecstasy pills (approximately 632 grams of MDMA) as well as $1,533 in U.S. currency. Greene (pictured left) and Mayberry (pictured right) were each charged with one (1) count of Delivery of a Controlled Substance. Both men were transported to the McLean County Jail. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The kindergarten and 1st grade class at Moses Montefiore Temple (Bloomington) took the time to create this beautiful poster for the officers at Bloomington Police Department. While dropping it off at the station today, they asked that we accept their act of kindness and friendship - only asking that we pass on this kindness to others. Sounds like a deal. We accept! (pictured are two of the students with dayshift patrol Sgt., Rob Raycraft)

Promotion announcement On October 23, 2018, Bloomington Police Chief Clay Wheeler promoted Officer Jim Clesson to the rank of Sergeant. Clesson, who was hired by BPD in 2012, was previously a police officer with LaSalle (IL) Police Department from 2008 to 2012. At Bloomington Police Department, Clesson served as a patrol officer on both first and second shifts. Sgt. Clesson also served as a Field Training Officer, was a Standardized Field Sobriety Test Instructor and was a co-coordinator of the Explorers Program. Please help us congratulate Sgt. Clesson on his promotion.

ARMED HOME INVASION On Thursday, 10/25/2018, at approximately 9:26 a.m., Bloomington Police officers responded to 716 Arcadia Drive, Bloomington, IL., for a report of armed subjects. Further investigation indicates that two masked black males, wearing all black, both 18 to 20 years of age, knocked on an apartment door. As the victim answered the door the suspects pushed the victim toward the ground. One of the suspects then pointed a gun at the resident while suspect(s) demanded money from the victim. Suspects then fled the area on foot. Additional information indicates the suspects may have been seen walking in the area the day before this incident. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact Det. Bierbaum of the Bloomington Police Department at (309) 434-2807 or the department’s main line at (309) 820-8888. If you wish to remain anonymous, please call McLean County Crime Stoppers at (309) 828-1111. If your call leads to the arrest and indictment of suspect(s) you may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Hey Jimmy John's! Thanks for bringing in sandwiches for our employees today. We are grateful for your support of local law enforcement!

Promotion announcement On October 22, 2018, Bloomington Police Chief Clay Wheeler promoted Sgt. Chad Wamsley to the rank of Lieutenant. Wamsley, who was hired in 2001, previously served as a 2nd shift patrol officer for four years before being moved into the Criminal Investigations Division as a detective for an additional seven years. In 2011, Wamsley was promoted to the rank of Sergeant where he supervised our 3rd shift patrol officers. More recently, Wamsley was assigned to the Office of Professional Standards prior to his promotion to Lieutenant. Lt. Wamsley has also served as a member of the SWAT Team, was a Field Training Officer and supervised the Crisis Negotiation Team. Please help us congratulate Lt. Wamsley on his promotion.

*** HE HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED *** In short order, our followers identified this subject! If you are a local business and are a victim of this subject, please continue to call. Person of Interest – Short Change Scam The Bloomington IL Police Department is requesting the public's assistance in the identification of a person of interest in two short change incidents. Both incidents took place at a local retail store in Bloomington on 9-27-18 and again on 10-16-18. The person of interest in these incidents (pictured) is a white male, 60 to 70 years of age, clean shaven with white hair and blue eyes. If you can identify this person, please contact Det. Bierbaum at 309-434-2807. If you would like to remain anonymous please call McLean County Crime Stoppers at 309-828-1111. If your call leads to the arrest and indictment of a suspect, you may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000. Case Reference: 2018-13766

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day This Saturday, October 27th, the Bloomington Police Department is participating in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The event is aimed at providing a safe and responsible means for disposing of prescription drugs. On Saturday, a large drop box will be located in our front lobby area from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We are located at 305 S. East St. in Bloomington. Those dropping off drugs will can remain anonymous and there is no cost associated with the event. If you are not able to make it by on the 27th, please be aware that our lobby also has a smaller prescription drop-off box open to the public year around Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 11 p.m.

Don't Let Them Take Your Stuff Fall signals the approach of several holidays – some of which may take you away from home for days at a time. Take a minute to think about the security of your house or apartment. Have you taken any steps to protect your home when you are away? We created this short video to help you better secure your home as well as deter potential burglars. Keeping your stuff makes you happy

A Special Honor We would like to recognize local citizen, Fred Marling. This week, Mr. Marling brought in an American flag that had been flown over the Pentagon on October 7, 2018 in honor of the Police Department's service to the citizens of Bloomington. Pictured below is Mr. Marling and Assistant Chief Dan Donath with the flag and certificate.

HOMICIDE SUSPECT EXTRADITED On 10/18/2018, Sydney T. Mays Jr., age 25, was extradited to McLean County, Illinois, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Prior to his extradition, Mays had been arrested in Milwaukee on July 12, 2018 for outstanding McLean county warrants for First Degree Murder (six counts), Attempt First Degree Murder (two counts), Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm and Aggravated Battery. These warrants stemmed from the shootings at 311 Riley Drive, Bloomington, IL, on June 18, 2018. Upon his transport to McLean County by Bloomington Police Department detectives, Mays was remanded to custody of the McLean County Jail. All arrestees are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

From the Lincoln, Illinois area? Interested in a career in law enforcement? TODAY from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., come out to the Davidson-Sheffer Gym at Lincoln College, 300 Keokuk St, Lincoln, IL., and speak with Sgt. Kosack from Bloomington IL Police Department. He will be there answering questions about policing and explaining our hiring process. If you can’t make it today, the Bloomington Police Department is taking applications until 12-21-2018 for Entry Level Police Officers. Additional information concerning the position and application can be found online at: www.cityblm.org/policejobs

Promotion Announcement On October 15, 2018, Bloomington Police Chief Clay Wheeler promoted officer Tim Power to the rank of Sergeant. Power, who was hired in 2005, previously served as a patrol officer on 2nd shift for seven years before moving to the Criminal Investigations Division as a detective for last six years. Power has also served as a member of the SWAT Team, was a Field Training Officer and held the role of Range officer and PPCT Instructor for the department. Please help us congratulate Sgt. Power on his promotion.

ROBBERY On Tuesday, 10-16-2018, at approx. 12:15 pm, personnel from JC Sales (inside Eastland Mall), reported a black male forced open the rear door of the store and removed two bank bags from her purse, which she kept in an employee-only area of the store. The reporting person heard the commotion and walked to the rear of the store to see what was happening. At that time, the black male fled the store with two of the business’ bank bags that contained an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect left the mall area on foot the direction of the 2000 block of E. Empire. Witnesses describe the suspect as a black male, approx. 5'8", in his late teens or early 20s, some facial hair, short cropped hair, wearing a black jacket, jeans and tennis shoes. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact Det. Steve Moreland of the Bloomington Police Department at (309) 434-2548 or the department’s main line at (309) 820-8888. If you wish to remain anonymous, please call McLean County Crime Stoppers at (309) 828-1111. If your call leads to the arrest and indictment of suspect(s) you may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

The City of Bloomington's official hours for Halloween trick-or-treating in 2018 are from 5 p.m.- 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31st. Barring further snow storms, it won’t be long before local children are racing from door to door yelling “Trick-or-Treat”. While Halloween is a special night for children, it is also a time when children can get hurt. Most accidents in which children are injured can be prevented, if parents educate their children on a few basic safety tips prior to Halloween night. In order to ensure the safety of our children, here are some Halloween safety tips to follow: Limit trick-or-treating to the day and time designated in your community. Know the specific area in which children will be trick-or-treating. Restrict residential trick-or-treating to homes of people you know. Give older children a specific time to return home. Younger children should be accompanied by an adult. Review traffic safety rules such as using sidewalks, crossing at the corner, obeying all traffic signs and looking both ways before crossing streets. Instruct children not to eat collected goodies until they are inspected by an adult. Advise children to never go inside any house. Costumes should be short enough to avoid tripping. If costumes contain dark-colored clothing, use reflective tape so children are more easily seen by motorists. Use face paint instead of masks, which can block children’s vision or make it hard for them to hear. Avoid hard plastic or wood costume props, such as daggers or swords. Use foam rubber props, which are softer and more flexible. Make sure children carry flashlights while trick-or-treating.

NATIONAL EMERGENCY ALERT TEST - Today at 1:18 p.m. This afternoon, do not be alarmed when your cell phone reads "THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency System". Minutes later, your TV and Radio should broadcast a similar audio/video message. The purpose of this test is to ensure that the national emergency alert system is operational. The test is also intended to ensure public safety officials have the methods and systems that will deliver urgent alerts and warnings to the public in times of an emergency or disaster, including requirements to help ensure that televised messages are accessible to individuals with disabilities.