Dennis Koletsos, Northlake’s Police Chief since May, 1998, retired on December 31, 2014 after serving 16 1/2 years.

Chief Koletsos was selected by the entire City Council in 1998 after the Illinois Police Chief’s Association conducted a national search. Coming into the position, Chief Koletsos was facing a situation where the reputation of our department had suffered severe damage with the conviction and incarceration of one of the previous chiefs from a prior administration. Training was virtually non-existent and the command structure was in need of rebuilding.

The physical facilities of the department, including the jail cells, were in need of upgrading, having all been built in 1970.

Chief Koletsos began the task of restructuring the department through training and revising the command structure. New officers were hired. In fact, almost 80% of the current police personnel were hired during Chief Koletsos’s tenure. The police department achieved national recognition through accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in 2002 and has maintained this status ever since. Very few departments in the State of Illinois have achieved this recognition. Our dispatch center received accreditation last year.

During the time of Chief Koletsos service, equipment was upgraded and training procedures were established. In 2009, the department moved into a brand new 28,k000 square foot state of the art facility which was approved by the voters in 2007. The former police facility was 6,000 square feet.

The Northlake Police Department of 2015 has a great reputation as a professional run police department thanks to the efforts of Chief Koletsos and the men and women of the department who work every day to insure the safety of Northlake residents.

I would like to thank Dennis Koletsos for his untiring efforts on our behalf and wish him and his family well in his well deserved retirement.

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