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Darin J. DeHaan M.A.
Chief of Police
Oregon Police Department
115 North 3rd Street
Oregon, IL 61061
815-732-2162 (24hr Dispatch)
Our mission is to maintain peace and public order by providing high quality police services that are responsive to the needs of the community, we protect life and property by apprehending those who commit criminal acts, by developing partnerships to prevent, reduce, or eliminate neighborhood problems, and by providing police services that are fair, professional, and respectful of the dignity of all individual.
About Chief DeHaan
I have served the City of Oregon as a police officer for 21 years. I was hired as a full-time officer in 1996 and worked my way through the ranks of the Oregon Police Department. From Patrol Officer to Corporal, Sergeant, Detective, Lieutenant, and finally appointed as Chief of Police in 2005.
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Law Enforcement Administration from Western Illinois University.
On June 20th 2008 I completed the requirements and received my Masters of Arts Degree in Public Administration from Northwestern University.
I am also a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command #192 where I served as Vice-President of my class.
I am an active member of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police as well as The International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Please visit our department webpage where you can learn more about the ways the Oregon Police Department members serve their community. We are active on Facebook and Twitter. Feel free to message us!
My goals as the Chief of Police are simple. Maintain the quality of living in Oregon that our citizens have come to expect.
As you are also aware we now live in a time when domestic terrorism is a real threat. I am diligently working to upgrade and install a wireless database access for our patrol officers. This database will allow them real-time access to a multitude of information on terrorist activity across the country. In 2010 we connected to the Ogle County Sheriff’s Department records system and we now utilize the same database for criminal records. The next step in this process is to get the same system in the squad cars on the laptop computers so the information will be right at your officer’s fingertips.
Keeping our stated goals in mind of maintaining the quality of living in this community our lines of communication are always open for each of you. You can call, or stop in, or email me at any time with concerns or questions for myself or any of my officers.
I truly believe that the Oregon Police Department is staffed by some of the brightest, most qualified police officers around. We continue to train and educate our officers to maintain the level of service you all have come to expect and deserve.
The Oregon Police Department is a full service police agency that works closely with our community and visitors to provide a safe environment to live, work and play. We work constantly to maintain a high quality of living for our residents. We are always open to new ideas and community input.
Chief Darin DeHaan