Orland Park Police Department Seeks State Accreditation

Orland Park Police Department Seeks State Accreditation
Posted on 01/09/2012

An independent team from the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (ILEAP), representing the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, will arrive on January 25, 2012 to review and examine all aspects of the Orland Park Police Department's policies, procedures, management, operations and support services against established criteria of professional excellence. The ILEAP assessors assigned to conduct the evaluation and audit are Deputy Chief Jeff Wold of the Channahon Police Department and Detective Sergeant John Lawson of the Roselle Police Department.

Wold has served sixteen years with the Channahon Police Department and is a graduate of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, School of Police Staff and Command at Northwestern University, Joliet Junior College, Lincoln Land Community College and the Illinois State Police Academy.

Wold is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (ILACP), the Police Chiefs Association of Will County, and the Grundy County Law Enforcement Managers Association (GCLEMA). He is certified as chief eligible by the ILACP and serves as an officer for the GCLEMA and on the Advisory Board of the Grundy Area Vocational Center Criminal Justice Program.

Lawson is a 27-year veteran of the Roselle Police Department and holds a Master of Science Degree in Criminal/Social Justice and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal/Social Justice from Lewis University. Lawson attended Northwestern University where he successfully completed School of Police Staff and Command, Supervision of Police Personnel, accident reconstruction, and several advanced criminal investigation courses throughout his career.

Lawson was assigned to the Investigation Division as a criminal investigator in 1998 and in May 2003, became the supervisor of the Criminal Investigation Division. He was then assigned to administration as the administrative sergeant and as the department's accreditation manager. Lawson is currently the department's investigation commander/administrative commander.

During the two-day onsite assessment, Wold and Lawson will determine if the Orland Park Police Department meets and exceeds the standards necessary to achieve ILEAP's highest level of accreditation. If successful, the Orland Park Police Department will join only seven other law enforcement agencies that have received the coveted accreditation status through ILEAP as of December 2011.

As part of the onsite assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments to the assessment team regarding the Orland Park Police Department's ability to comply with ILEAP's professional standards. The public may contact 708-364-8124 on January 25, 2012 between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Telephone comments are limited to five minutes in length. Persons may also comment on the department's ability to comply with ILEAP standards via email with Deputy Chief Jeff Wold at jwold@channahon.org.

The ILEAP accreditation standards are available for review on the Illinois Chiefs of Police Association website www.ilchiefs.org, under the "programs" tab. Further questions about the ILEAP accreditation process can be directed to Orland Park Police Chief Timothy J. McCarthy or Lieutenant Joseph Mitchell of the Orland Park Police Department.