Category: Police Department News

League of Illinois Bicyclists Annual Bike Summit

Police Lt. Jim Clark gave a presentation on April 15, 2014, for the League of Illinois Bicyclists, 3rd Annual Illinois Bike Summit that was held at the I-Hotel. Illinois bicycle advocates and interested professionals from around Illinois attended the summit for a day of learning and networking, meant to help them make their towns more…
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Officer of the Year

Congratulations to Champaign Police Officer, Ed Wachala, for being selected as the “2013 Officer of the Year.” Officer Wachala was selected by a committee of his peers for exemplifying the values of Service with Pride. Officer Wachala is assigned as the School Resource Officer for Centennial High School; however, he does much more for the Champaign Community…
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Entry-Level Police Officer Recruitment

The Human Resources and Police Departments administer programs to recruit and select a diverse group of qualified candidates for entry-level Police Officer positions. The number of minority and female applicants exceeded City Affirmative Action goals, which are based on expected availability of minority and female applicants for the job.  The Human Resources and the Police…
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Champaign Police Explorer Post 258

The “First Nighter” Orientation kickoff for the Champaign Police Department Explorer Post 258 was held on January 23, 2014.  Volunteer Police Officers who manage and conduct Explorer Post 258 met with eleven recruits and their parents for the program orientation.  Champaign Unit 4 Schools provided the refreshments for the First Nighter and the local Target…
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Champaign Police Make Arrest in Roper Street Homicide

On December 4, 2013, at approximately 9:25 a.m., Champaign Police arrested Darmel L. Smith, 33, of Urbana, Illinois, for his involvement in the murder of Sheena Williams. Mr. Smith was arrested in the 200 block of South Mattis on a Champaign County warrant for Murder/Intent to Kill/Injure.  Mr. Smith’s bail has been set at $2,000,000….
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Police Investigate Domestic Dispute

On October 15, 2013 at 11:48 a.m., Champaign Police Officers were dispatched to the 2500 block of W. Springfield Ave for a reported domestic dispute. Upon arrival, officers learned from the 28 year-old female victim that she had recently fled from inside the apartment, and suspect Jerry O’Neal II and their three month-old infant child…
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Domestic Violence Expo

Each year October is designated Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Statistics indicate one woman in four will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. On October 3, 2013, the Champaign Police Department, along with the Champaign County State’s Attorney’s Office, the Center for Women in Transition, and Community Elements sponsored a Domestic Violence Expo at Garden Hills…
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Playing it Safe

On Saturday, June 1, 2013, Champaign Police Officers participated in the 17th Annual Playing It Safe family safety fair at the Champaign County Fairgrounds. Carle and Safe Kids Champaign County sponsored the event which features more than 40 interactive learning stations focusing on safety awareness for the entire family. Officers displayed and demonstrated equipment from…
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