Rolling Meadows Police ILEAP Accreditation

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Rolling Meadows Police Chief John Nowacki has announced that a team from the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (ILEAP) will be in Rolling Meadows on June 13th and 14th 2019 to examine all aspects of the Rolling Meadows Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services.

Verification by the team that the Rolling Meadows Police Department meets the ILEAP Tier one standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation.

The Department has to comply with 67 ILEAP standards in order to gain Tier one accredited status.

The assessment team is composed of public safety practitioners from agencies in Illinois. The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other locations where compliance can be witnessed.

The assessors assigned to Rolling Meadows are:

Lt. Jeff Hamer-Macomb Police Department

Deputy Chief Steve Weatherford- Illinois Commerce Commission Police Department.

Our primary assessor is Lt. Jeff Hamer of the Macomb Police Department.

Lt. Jeff Hamer is in his 18th year at Macomb Police Department.  Hamer has functioned in many roles within the department.  Hamer was an FTO and Verbal Judo Instructor.  When Hamer was a Sergeant he supervised first shift patrol activities and took on several technology projects ranging from in car computers and video to social media and a web presence.  As a Lieutenant, Hamer’s duties involve supervising the third shift patrol officers, the Sex Offender and Community Notification Program, ILEAP Accreditation Manager, and functioned as the Tactical Commander for the multi-agency Strategic Response Team (SRT).

Hamer has BS in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration from Western Illinois University as well as a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Lewis University.  Hamer is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command (323rd). 

Hamer is also the ILEAP Coordinator for the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police.  In this role, Hamer coordinates the accreditation process for accredited agencies as well as departments preparing to become accredited.

Our second assessor is Deputy Chief Steven Weatherford of the Illinois Commerce Commission Police Department.

In January 2017, Steven Weatherford was appointed the assistant chief of police at the Illinois Commerce Commission.  In that role, he is responsible for operations of the department.  He has been instrumental in reducing the backlog of cases from up to two years down to four months.  Weatherford has also moved the agency forward with training, the creation of a field training officer manual, a current policy manual, and adding staff.

Prior to his current position, Weatherford served for 31 years with the Elmhurst Police Department. At Elmhurst, he served as a patrol officer, field training officer, academy supervisor, DuMEG agent and squad leader, detective, patrol sergeant and administrative sergeant.  Weatherford was a member of the 18th Judicial Circuit Coordinating Council Law Enforcement and Courts Committee, an Explorer advisor and Illinois Explorer Conference committee chair, and a mentor in the Elmhurst College Mentor Program.

Weatherford is in his second term as the president of the DuPage County Senior Police Management Association.  He is active in his community, as a director and past president with the Elmhurst Children’s Assistance Foundation.  He formerly served on the board of directors for the Elmhurst Walk-In Assistance Network, Metropolitan Family Services DuPage, Big Brothers Big Sister of DuPage, DuPage American Cancer Society and Tree Towns American Cancer Society.

Weatherford has a BSPS in Criminal Justice Management from Aurora University.  He is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command and Executive Management Program.  Weatherford has over 500 hours of emergency management training and is a certified Federal Emergency Management Agency Continuity of Operations Level I professional practitioner.

Weatherford is a member of DuPage County Senior Police Management Association, the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the International Association of Emergency Managers.

Once the ILEAP Assessors complete their review of the agency, they will report back to the ILEAP Committee Chairman who reviews and distributes the report to the Council for its review and action at the Council’s next scheduled meeting. They will then decide if the Rolling Meadows Police Department is to be granted accreditation status.

If the police department is granted the accreditation status, it will be for four years.  During the four years the police department must submit annual reports proving continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.

We are proud to announce that the Rolling Meadows Police Department has been recommended for ILEAP Tier 1 Accreditation. This page will be updated upon our actual accreditation.