Patrol Operations

Deputy Chief Joe Gallo
Patrol Operations Commander

Patrol Operations provides the initial response to citizen calls for service and enforces criminal and traffic statutes. The Traffic Services enforces abandoned vehicle ordinances and provides crossing guard program. Animal Control enforces the animal control ordinances.

 Patrol Districts:

Animal Control

The City of Champaign contracts with Champaign County Animal Control for enforcement and impoundment services. When citizens have concerns about an animal issue they should call 333-8911. If the problems are occurring after hours and the concern needs immediate attention, a police officer may be dispatched to coordinate the necessary resources to address the concern.

Foot and Bicycle Patrol

Six officers in pairs are assigned to provide specialized patrol in neighborhood policing in all three police districts in Champaign. They are given latitude to address neighborhood problems in a variety of methods. These include bicycle, foot and regular vehicular patrol activities.

Bicycle patrol also provided by officers in the police department Bicycle Unit. This unit, comprised of 22 part-time volunteers, supplements uniformed patrol operational capabilities, participating in activities where marked squad cars are impractical, and assisting with special events.

For more information contact:
Sgt.Tom Frost

K-9 Unit

The Champaign Police Department has a full-time K-9 unit. Tango is a German Shepherd and works with his partner, Officer Matthew Iverson. Tango lives and works with Officer Iverson. Tango is trained in drug detection, tracking and apprehension of offenders.

Police Recruiting

The Champaign Police Department serves a diverse community. Under the department’s community-policing philosophy, it is important for the community to see itself reflected in the police department. To that end, this department places high value on the recruitment of a diverse pool of qualified applicants for entry-level police positions.

If you are interested in meeting the challenge of progressive municipal policing, please click on the “Jobs” link to either apply for a position or submit a job interest card.

For more information contact:
LaEisha Meaderds
Asst. to the Chief of Police for Community Services
Phone: 217/403-6912