Illinois Police Association Tri-County Division

Illinois Police Association Tri-County Division The Illinois Police Association was formed by a group of law enforcement officers who were vitally i

Over the years, the Illinois Police Association (IPA) has been instrumental in getting legislation passed that benefits Police Officers. Some of these laws have dealt with wages, liability payments by the State of Illinois, pensions, indiscriminate use of the polygraph, promotions and the Police Officer’s Bill of Rights, just to list a few. BECOME A MEMBER TODAY....

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The IPA is the oldest and largest Police association in the State of Illinois, and is a not-for-profit organization, and as such all benefits accrue equally to the members. Features of membership in the Illinois Police Association include:

Death Benefit: $5,000.00 if killed in the line of duty. Annual Conference: Held every year at alternating sites within the State of Illinois. The Conference is a two (2) day event featuring Association Business meetings and opportunities for socializing at hospitality suites, Ladies program, and the Saturday night banquet. Proposal of legislation: Beneficial to Police Officers and Law Enforcement. Local Division Meetings: Where you can participate in the IPA on a local level and benefit from meeting and discussing issues with fellow Officers. Competitive Pistol Shoots: Show your skills in combat and bulls eye target shooting. Subscription to the IPA Journal: Receive your Official Journal on line at To receive a hard copy, contact the IPA office for further information. IPA VISA Credit Card: Help Support the IPA with every purchase when you use the IPA VISA Credit Card.


Are you looking for a rewarding career? Apply for a telecommunicator position at DuComm, the consolidated 911 center that serves Elmhurst. All Police, Fire and EMS responses begin with the valuable services provided by public safety dispatchers. For more information visit


Seeking qualified lateral transfers ➡️ Shift to better pay, benefits, and retirement packages with the Illinois State Police. Earn while you learn. Lateral cadets receive $5,603 a month during training. APPLY NOW for our June 2023 class:


Baltimore, MD – A television film crew had to shut down production in downtown Baltimore on Friday after they were threatened by drug dealers who tried to extort $50,000. Baltimore police said the incident occurred on Aug. 26 in the 200-block of Park Avenue, a couple of blocks from the Lexington M...


The City of Elmhurst announces the passing of honorable Police Chief, Michael R. Ruth. Chief Ruth passed away on May 30, 2022 at a hospital surrounded by family members while recovering from a medical procedure.

Chief Ruth was a dedicated police professional who served 44 years in law enforcement. He began as a dispatcher in Alsip and a Patrolman in Hometown before joining the Skokie Police Department in 1981, where he served in many roles, rising to the rank of Commander. Chief Ruth was selected as Chief of Police for the Village of Countryside, where he served from 2010 to 2012. He began leading the Elmhurst Police Department in 2012; serving for the last ten years building strong community support, implementing new crime prevention technologies, and achieving Tier 1 accreditation for the City’s police department. Chief Ruth also contributed to the profession of law enforcement as an adjunct professor, teaching criminal justice students at the University of Illinois-Chicago and Governors State University. He was a graduate of the 207th Session of the FBI National Academy and past president of the West Suburban Chiefs of Police Association.

“I am forever grateful to have worked alongside him,” states Elmhurst City Manager, Jim Grabowski. “He was an asset to our organization and his loss will not be easy to overcome.”

Chief Ruth was described as a strong leader, a trusted director, and a highly respected member of the City’s team. He will be remembered for his fearless guidance, outstanding commitment to his work, and tireless support in providing Elmhurst with high quality public safety services.

“Above all, Chief Ruth believed in the nobility of the Elmhurst Police Department’s work and the professionalism of its members.” states, Elmhurst Mayor, Scott Levin. “Our City has suffered a tremendous loss, however I am comforted in knowing that Chief was a mentor to many, and that his commitment to the highest level of public safety standards for our community will live on.”

Private arrangement will be made to honor Chief Ruth in line with his wishes. Deputy Chief Michael McLean who has been serving as Acting Police Chief in Chief Ruth’s absence will continue as Interim Police Chief.


Our photo is of Chief Ray Chapman who was the 9th President of our Association and served with the Berkeley Illinois Police Department for 38 years. Ray was a WWII Veteran and a member of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, the Illinois Police Association Tri-County Division, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #49, and he was a 3rd degree member of Assumption Council #3671 of the Knights of Columbus. He passed in 2004.



Pecatonica, IL - On Jan. 09, 2022, at approximately 9:37 a.m. Illinois State Police (ISP) officials investigated a two-vehicle traffic crash on Interstate 39 northbound near mile post 117, Winnebago County, involving a District 16 ISP Trooper.

On the above date at approximately 9:00 a.m., a District 16 Trooper responded to the scene of crash at the above location. The Trooper pulled onto the right shoulder behind the crash located in the right ditch with the emergency lights activated. At approximately 9:37 a.m. a blue 2019 Hyundai approaching the scene lost control and spun into the rear of the Trooper’s squad car. The vehicle from the original crash was not impacted in the crash.

The Trooper luckily did not sustain any injuries from this crash. The driver of the Hyundai, David A. Walker, an 18-year-old male of Malta, IL, complained of minor injuries. Walker was charged with; a violation of Scott’s Law, Too Fast for Conditions and Improper Lane Usage. A person who violates Scott’s Law commits a business offense and faces a fine of no less than $250 or more than $10,000 for a first offense.

The ISP would like to remind the public of the requirements of Scott’s Law, otherwise known as the “Move Over” law. When approaching an emergency vehicle, or any vehicle with their hazard lights activated, drivers are required to slow down and change lanes when it is safe to do so.

“Troopers risk their lives daily to protect the public. We ask that you do your part by paying attention as you drive, and obey Scott’s Law,” stated ISP District 16 Commander, Captain Joseph Blanchette. “These crashes are completely preventable, always drive sober and move over when you approach a stationary vehicle on the side of the road,” added Captain Blanchette.


Winter Storm Watch issued December 30 at 2:47PM CST until January 2 at 6:00AM CST by NWS Chicago IL

* WHAT...Steady, blowing snow and dangerous travel possible.
Total snow accumulations greater than 6 inches and northeasterly
wind gusts in excess of 40 mph are possible.

* WHERE...Lake IL, DuPage, Northern Cook, Central Cook and
Southern Cook Counties.

* WHEN...From Saturday morning through late Saturday night.

* IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult. Widespread blowing
snow could significantly reduce visibility, especially along the
Lake Michigan shoreline.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...The steadiest snow rates appear most likelybetween noon Saturday and midnight Sunday.

Monitor the latest forecasts for updates on this situation.


⏩ UPDATE: Ms. Ris has been found!! ⏪

🚨 Have you seen this person? Ms. Ris suffers from dementia & was last seen on the 3700 block of Elmwood. Please call 708-795-5600 with any information that could help us bring her back home safe!


Brookfield police on Nov. 21 issued a Silver Search Alert for a 73-year-old Brookfield woman who has been reported missing and is considered endangered. Joan Strom was last seen at 1:30 a.m. at a gas station in Kankakee County, said Brookfield Police Chief Michel Kuruvilla, who added police were not...


Our photo is of Chief Ray Chapman, who served the Berkeley Illinois Police Department for 38 years. Ray was a WWII Veteran and a member of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, the Illinois Police Association Tri-County Division, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #49, and he was a 3rd degree member of Assumption Council #3671 of the Knights of Columbus. Although he passed in 2004, we remember him as our 1969 Association President.


While traveling this Thanksgiving, we remind you to buckle your seatbelt, put down your phones, watch your speed and always have a designated driver.

On regular days and holidays alike, law enforcement too often see the results of driving impaired, driving distracted, driving too fast and not wearing a seat belt. They are all tragic and preventable.

To combat these trends, North Riverside is joining the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Police and local law enforcement agencies in a statewide effort to save lives by stepping up traffic enforcement.

Motorists will see this increase in safety patrols from November 19 – November 29. The Thanksgiving enforcement effort is made possible by federal traffic safety funds administered by Illinois Department of Transportation.


This week is Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Illinois. Are you prepared? Do you know the difference between a Watch and a Warning when it comes to ❄ weather? Be Prepared Don't be Scared!


A Phoenix police officer threatened to resign over radio traffic after dispatchers told him the entire shift needed to stay on the clock to answer more calls.


A GoFundMe fundraiser has generated more than $60,000 for a Bensenville police officer and his family, as he lays in a medically-induced coma after being shot several times over the weekend.


Our photo is from 2005 when Michael Pendola, then Chief of the Triton College Police Department, served as our Association’s 44th President. After his retirement from Triton, Chief Pendola began a second law enforcement career and joined the Chicago Zoological Police Department at Brookfield Zoo. In 2017, Mike again rose to the top and was selected to become the Police Chief of the Brookfield Zoo Police Department.



On Monday, November 1, 2021 at 8:09 p.m. the La Grange Police Department received a report of an Armed Robbery that had just occurred in the area of Harris Ave. and Madison Ave. The victim related he was walking in the area when he was approached by a subject telling him to, “come here man”. The victim observed a handgun in the subject’s left hand. The handgun was pointed toward the ground. The subject took the victim’s backpack, computer bag, and cell phone and then entered an awaiting vehicle. The victim was not injured in the incident. The vehicle was last seen traveling eastbound on Harris Ave.

The victim was able to provide a description of the vehicle to include a significant portion of the license plate information. Officers responded to the area and subsequently located a vehicle matching the description, including the license plate information provided by the victim. The vehicle was stopped on East Ave. south of Plainfield Rd. The victim was transported to the scene of the stop where he positively identified one of the three occupants of the vehicle as the individual that had robbed him. That subject was identified as Nicholas V. Sierra of Oak Forest, IL.

The vehicle and its occupants were transported to the La Grange Police Department for further investigation. On November 2nd, the vehicle was searched pursuant to a search warrant and property belonging to the victim was recovered. The handgun has not been located.

Sierra was charged with one count of Armed Robbery, a Class X Felony, and one count of Theft of Property from a Person, a Class 3 Felony. The remaining occupants of the vehicle were released without charges. Sierra will be transported to the Bridgeview Courthouse for a Bond Hearing on November 3rd.

The La Grange Police Department would like to thank the Major Case Assistance Team (MCAT) for their assistance. The MCAT is a multi-jurisdictional organization formed to provide investigative and forensic assistance to member police agencies during the investigation of major criminal events. The Major Case Assistance Team is comprised of police agencies from throughout the western suburbs.

Members of the public are reminded that a complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the governments burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

For further information and updates, please follow the La Grange Police Department page


In October, we honor 44 Official Line-of-Duty Fallen Heroes, whose names will be added to the Memorial in 2022. We will always honor and remember them and are eternally grateful for their selflessness and sacrifice.

To read more about Official Line-of-Duty Fallen Heroes, visit


Burglary to Fire Apparatus- 10/27/2021


to 2013 when North Riverside Police Department Chief Anthony Garvey was elected President of the Association. Sadly, he passed shortly after being elected as our President.


The shooting took place around 7:50 a.m. at the Speedway gas station near the intersection of Illinois 111 and Interstate 270. Illinois State Police say the officer approached a suspect in a stolen…


UPDATE: Mr. Lopez has been located.

At the request of the North Riverside Police Department, the Illinois State Police is activating an Endangered Missing Person Advisory. The North Riverside Police Department is requesting your assistance in locating Gilbert Lopez, who is an 88 year old Hispanic male, who is 5 foot 4 and weighs 140 pounds. Gilbert has gray hair and is wearing a beige striped shirt, grey pants and black and red shoes. He was last seen at 2310 Hainsworth Ave, North Riverside on Tuesday, October 5th, at 2PM. Gilbert was driving a black 2012 Hyundai Sonata with Illinois license T650948. Mr. Lopez has a condition that places him in danger. Any person with information regarding the whereabouts of Gilbert Lopez should contact the North Riverside Police Department at (708)447-9191, or contact 9-1-1.


Join us either in-person or via livestream during Police Weekend for the Candlelight Vigil to pay tribute to our fallen, to support the surviving families and agencies, and to honor our heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

When: October 14, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. Eastern
Location: National Mall in Washington, DC, and Livestream
More info:



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