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Contact: Commander Pete Panagakis
The Commission on Accreditation
for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), was formed in 1979 to
establish a body of standards designed to:
In addition, the Commission was formed to
develop an accreditation process that provides law enforcement
agencies an opportunity to demonstrate voluntarily that
they meet an established set of professional standards.
Increase Law enforcement agency capabilities to prevent
and control crime.
Increase agency effectiveness and efficiency in the
delivery of law enforcement services.
Increase cooperation and coordination with other law
enforcement agencies and with other agencies of the criminal
Increase citizen and employee confidence in the goals,
objectives, policies, and practices of the agency.
The Commission began accrediting police
agencies in 1986. Initially, accreditation was awarded to agencies for a
period of five years, after which agencies must reapply and be
subjected to the reassessment process. Currently this process is
done every three years.
The Wheeling Police Department was
first Accredited in November of 1990. In July of 1996,
January of 2001, November of 2004 and November of 2007 the
Department was reaccredited by the Commission demonstrating
continued compliance with the Standards.
Sergeant Larry Carmody
This unit is necessitated by the complex demands of
modern police service which acknowledges the necessity of
providing police services in the most efficient and effective
means possible. The supervisor of this unit is assigned on a
full-time basis. Some of the functions of this unit include:
Coordination of all internal and external training
requirements and maintenance of training files. This
includes Roll Call training, Field Training, and ongoing
in-service training for department personnel.
Development of operational plan and strategies.
Research and preparation of budgetary proposals.
Development of operational procedures and policy
Presentation of such other studies analysis, or
assignments as designated by the chief of Police or Deputy
Chief of Police.
Contact: Sergeant Larry Carmody
The Wheeling Police Department administers and maintains a
police records system which efficiently, effectively and
accurately records and processes reported complaints/calls for
police services. This unit utilizes police records management
computer software to record and retrieve information which aids
in the investigation of crimes; the planning of selective
enforcement and preventative patrol; and assists the Department’s
Command Staff in reaching decisions regarding department
staffing levels and utilization of other department resources.
The Records Unit is supervised by a Sergeant and
staffed by six full-time personnel.
Contact: Commander Pete Panagakis
The Communications Center of the Wheeling Police Department is
staffed by a Supervisor and nine full-time employees who serve
the 39,000 residents of the Village of Wheeling. The personnel
assigned are responsible for answering administrative and
emergency telephone lines as well as all 911 calls for the
Police and Fire Departments. They are also responsible for
dispatching Police units and monitoring the various radio
frequencies used by the Village of Wheeling.
The Communications Center handles approximately
for police services each year. The Wheeling Police Department
operates on a conventional 800 MHz radio frequency with mobile
and portable radios. A separate VHF radio frequency is used for
non-emergency traffic as well as providing back-up capabilities
if the 800 MHz system should fail. Two additional 800 MHz
additional VHF frequencies are available for parades, special events or other
situations where the primary frequency could be
overloaded. Capabilities also exist in
the Communications Center to communicate on the Public Works,
Fire Department, Fire Department Mutual Aid and Police
intersystem (Point-to-Point) radio frequencies.
The Communications Center has computer links with the State
of Illinois and National Crime Information Center (NCIC)
computer systems as well as the ability to communicate with the
in-car mobile data computer terminals. The computer also allows
communication with any other computer equipped police department
in the country.
A satellite downlink provides Doppler radar images and
weather forecasts for advance warning of severe weather
conditions in the area that would affect not only the safety of
the community but vehicular traffic as well. An emergency
telephone notification system is in place to provide information
to residents on emergencies or disaster situations.
The Illinois Premise Alert Program (Public Act 96-0788) provides for
Public Safety Agencies in the State of Illinois to allow people with
special needs to provide information to police, fire and EMS personnel
to be kept in a database. The information can then be provided to
responders dealing with situations involving the Special Needs
individuals. The below information provided by you will be kept
confidential and used only to provide Police, Fire and EMS personnel
with the information needed to deal with situations or emergencies
involving a Special Needs person.
expires 2 (two) years after the date it was submitted. You may update or
renew it at any time by filing the form.
Click here to download the Premise Alert Program Form.