Category: Police Department News

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Youth Wanted for Police Explorer’s Program

The Champaign Police Department Explorer Program is looking for youth who would like to learn more about law enforcement to join our post; applications are now being accepted! The Department’s Explorer program is an avenue for students interested in careers in law enforcement, to gain a better understanding of these professions and experience them first […]

Catholic Daughter’s of the America’s Presentation

Rene Dunn, Assistant to the Chief of Police for Community Services, spoke at a meeting of the Catholic Daughter’s of the America’s, Court 1070 on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, at St. Mathew’s Parish. Rene discussed identify theft, scams, and the latest surge of stolen vehicles and burglaries to motor vehicles. She also provided the group […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Police Department Employee Awards

On May 21, 2013, the Champaign Police Department celebrated their annual employee award recipients with a reception. Award recipients for 2012 are:  Officer of the Year: Dan Ward Employee of the Year: Renae Yandell Distinguished Leadership: Sgt. Bruce Ramseyer Valor Awards: Chris Oberheim, John Lieb Lifesaving: Jodie Burnett, Brian Greear Lifesaving: Greg Manzana, Mike Swaney […]

The Champaign Police Department Commemorates National Police Week

Each May during National Police Week (May 12-18, 2013), the nation pauses to recognize the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement. Local law enforcement agencies in Champaign County join the nation in honoring men and women who lost their lives in the line of duty. On May 18, 2013, at 11:30 a.m., Champaign Police […]