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Posted on: August 29, 2019

ILEAP Accreditation Awarded to Oak Forest Police Department

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August 29th, 2019

Police Chief Tim Kristin  

ILEAP Accreditation Award Presentation by Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police 2nd Vice President Chief Mitch Davis

Accreditation is the ongoing process whereby agencies evaluate policy and procedure against established criteria, and have compliance with those criteria verified by an independent and authoritative body, The Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Council. The criteria, or standards, are policy development guidelines that represent a level of quality service delivery. The true indicator of compliance, however, lies with an evaluation by trained, independent professional peers. The establishment of meaningful and professional standards and an evaluation for compliance to those standards are, therefore, the two fundamentals of an accreditation program

An independent team from the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (ILEAP) representing the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police arrived at the Oak Forest Police Department on November 5th, 2018 to review and examine all aspects of the Oak Forest Police Department policies, procedures, management, operations and support services against established criteria of professional excellence. The Oak Forest Police Department was awarded tier one ILEAP accreditation in January 2015. This assessment measured the department for re-accreditation. The department’s initial accreditation was set to expire in 2019. The ILEAP assessors assigned to conduct the evaluation and audit were Chief Tony Brown of the Rantoul Police Department and Commander Paul Yaras of the Morton Grove Police Department.

Chief Brown was appointed to the police chief’s position in Rantoul, Illinois in July of 2017. Prior to his appointment in Rantoul, he was the deputy chief of police with the University of Illinois Police Department and had been employed with the department since 1989. Chief Brown holds a master’s degree in organizational development and change from the University of Illinois in 2009.  

Commander Paul Yaras is the Investigations Commander at the Morton Grove Police Department and has been employed there since 1994. Commander Yaras is a recent graduate of the FBI Academy National Academy class #273.

During the one-day onsite assessment, the assessors were tasked to determine if the Oak Forest Police Department meets and exceeds the standards necessary to achieve ILEAP’s tier one level of accreditation. After completing the onsite assessment, The Oak Forest Police Department will continue to be included with other law enforcement agencies that have received the coveted accreditation status through ILEAP. 

On August 27th, the Oak Forest Police Department was presented the ILEAP accreditation award by Hazelcrest Police Chief Mitchell Davis at the City Council Meeting. 


Pictured from left to right at Deputy Chief of Support Services Jason Reid, Deputy Chief of Patrol Dominic D’Ambrosio, Police Chief Timothy Kristin, Honorable Mayor Henry L. Kuspa, and Hazelcrest Police Chief Mitchell Davis.

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