Services > Police
Contact: Commander Joseph Licari
The Investigations Division is responsible for the investigating of the most serious crimes that occur in the Village of Wheeling. The Investigations Division is broken down into two units, the Investigations Unit and the Special Operations Unit. Both of these units work in conjunction with each other but are assigned different tasks. The Investigations Unit investigates crimes such as burglaries, robberies, homicides, death investigations as well as financial crimes such as identity theft. They also perform background investigations of all civilian and police applicants who are being considered for employment. The Investigations Unit is responsible for maintaining professional relationships with other local Police Departments as well as Federal Agencies. The Detectives in the Investigations Unit work on a Monday through Friday schedule. Detectives are scheduled to work the day-shift and the afternoon-shift. A Detective is scheduled to be on-call overnight during the midnight-shift and during the weekend providing coverage every day around the clock.
Contact: Sergeant Joe Schaff
The Investigations Unit handled 708 cases in 2014. The Detectives in the unit are assigned cases based on ‘solvability factors’ and the seriousness of the criminal offense. The Investigations Unit is staffed by 1 Sergeant, 4 adult Detectives, 1 juvenile Detective, 2 School Resource Officers and a civilian Crime Analyst. In 2014, the Investigations Unit made 148 arrests including 44 felony arrests. A total of 93 other cases were Exceptionally Cleared without criminal charges being brought. Click here to read about an unsolved murder case. Maybe you can help.
Internet crimes and identity theft are some of the most challenging crimes to investigate. The Internet Crime Complaint Center is a partnership between the F.B.I., the National White Collar Crime Center and the Bureau of Justice Assistance which receives and investigates complaints of internet crime. Internet crimes complaints can be sent via email to ic3.gov
The Cook County State Attorney’s Office has set up an online information site for the crime of identity theft which can be accessed at www.statesattorney.org/identitytheft.html
The Cook County State Attorney’s Office has set up a bad check diversion program for citizens and business that have received checks that did not clear at some point during the financial process. Information on this program can be obtained at www.checkprogram.com/cookcountyil
The school liaison program provides full-time Police Officers: Officer Czapla is assigned to Holmes Middle School and Jack London Middle School, and Officer Brittany Vore is assigned to Wheeling High School. The Duties and responsibilities of a School Liaison Officer include:
Special Operations Unit
Contact: Sergeant Vic Chirio
The Special Operations Unit is comprised of 1 Sergeant and 3 Tactical Officers working in a plain clothes capacity. The unit works closely with the Investigations Unit and the Patrol Division. The primary goal of the Special Operations Unit is gang enforcement, but they also work to curtail drug activity, enforce liquor and tobacco laws, as well as state statutes and local ordinances in a proactive approach to reducing crime within the Village of Wheeling. The unit is also responsible for the collection and dissemination of gang information throughout the department, the control of confidential informants and the seizure program. The Tactical Officers maintain a liaison with other police agencies, the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department, the Cook County State Attorney’s Office, the Illinois State Police and federal agencies such as ICE, ATF and the DEA. In 2014, the Special Operations Unit made 109 total arrests including 19 felony arrests. The unit handled 12 firearm related incidents, seized over 100 grams of cannabis, 4 grams of cocaine and seized $6,206 in drug related offenses.
Contact: Peter Rodgers
The Evidence Room is staffed by one civilian, Evidence / Property Officer Peter Rodgers. The position of Evidence / Property Officer is a specialist position appointed by the Chief of Police. Evidence / Property Officer Rodgers is responsible for the receipt, recording, custody, security and disposition of all lost property, evidence and contraband coming within the custody of the Wheeling Police Department. It is the policy of the Wheeling Police Department to strictly inventory all property which comes into police department control from any source to protect the integrity of the Wheeling Police Department. In 2014, a total of 3,914 different pieces of property were submitted into evidence under 1,361 different cases.