Joseph Leonas

Joseph Leonas

Chief of Police

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1 Olde Half Day Road
Lincolnshire, IL 60069

Phone: 847-883-8600
Fax: 847-883-8608

Police Department

  • Drone program: Research and develop recommendations on the possibility of providing airborne support to police operations to enhance public safety, as well as assist other Village departments within Lincolnshire. Program recommendation will include anticipated costs for the purchase and maintenance of an Uncrewed Aerial System (UAS) and process for staff training and certification as well as the development of an organization policy that operates within the constraints of the law and recognizes its uses including incorporating drone operations in special events and safety plans.

  • Police E-bike program: Evaluate the police department’s current bicycle patrol with the potential incorporation of an electric bicycle. Evaluation will include costs for the purchase and maintenance of the e-bike, officer training on the use and safety of the electric bicycle, and an update to the department’s existing policy to include electric bikes and use expectations. Evaluate the benefits and uses of adding the electric bicycle such as improving community accessibility, and enhanced visibility and approachability by residents.

  • Accreditation: Once accredited through the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (ILEAP), staff will continue to work to maintain the accreditation by ensuring policies remain up-to-date and yearly “proofs” are maintained in the accreditation database to ensure a seamless renewal.

  • Recruitment and Hiring: The Department anticipates several retirements in 2024. The police department plans to fill the vacancies while implementing inclusive recruitment strategies. Staff will review job postings and messaging for inadvertent language biases, assess organizational culture for any obstacles to belonging, and add website updates to include diversity values.

  • Mettawa Traffic Enforcement Agreement: With the adoption of the intergovernmental agreement with the Village of Mettawa, staff will administer the Traffic Enforcement Services Agreement. Staff will conduct regular assessments of review service levels and impacts on both municipalities to evaluate the benefits of the agreement. This will include a cost-benefit analysis and determine if the IGA merits renewal for FY 2024. 

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