The Patrol Officer is the
most visible member of the Police Department. Assigned to motorized
patrol in marked police vehicles, officers of the Patrol Unit provide
emergency services to the community 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.
The Patrol Unit is directly responsible for the protection of life and
property, prevention of criminal activity, preliminary investigation of
offenses reported by the public, apprehension of criminal offenders,
investigation of traffic accidents, and continuous preventative patrol
of the community.
The Wheeling Police Department K-9 Unit is comprised of Officer Christopher Kanches and his German Shepard partner, K-9 Riggs, who was born May 5, 2015 in the Czech Republic. Riggs was brought to the United States in the early spring of 2016 and immediately started his pre-training for police work at TOPS. Riggs is trained to assist the Wheeling Police Department in numerous areas including narcotics searches, tracking, area searches, building searches, and
Riggs graduated from the canine police academy on June 3rd, 2016 and started his police service on June 5, 2016. Since completing the initial training, Office Kanches and K-9 Riggs train two to three times a week in order to keep their skills sharp and meet the standards set by our criminal justice system.
Within a week of hitting the streets Riggs made his first arrest for possession of cannabis from a traffic stop. You can see Office Kanches and K-9 Riggs at one of their many K-9 demonstrations they do each year.
The Primary functions of the Traffic Unit are selective enforcement of
traffic regulations and investigation of serious traffic crashes.
Additionally, the Traffic Unit is responsible for traffic engineering
studies, review of development plans for traffic issues, coordination of
pedestrian and traffic safety programs, and planning related to traffic
movement and safety. The Traffic Unit can be reached at 847-459-2679.
Community Service Officers
The main objective of the Community Service Officer Program is to
provide assistance to sworn personnel. They are required to assist the
general public with requests for service which do not require a sworn
police officer. Some of the duties include:
complaints and issuing citations for violations of the Wheeling
Municipal Code. Animal complaints/investigations which include stray
animals, animal abuse, setting humane traps, and apprehending and
transporting impounded animals to the pound.
Assist with traffic control.
Complete tasks assigned by supervisory officers to allow orderly administration of the police service.