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About Rock Island
Title: Chief of Police
Phone: (309) 732-2401
Mr. VenHuizen’s established the Crime Suppression Unit this year to take a proactive approach to combating criminal activity through highly proactive and focused enforcement efforts that focus on problem solving, not merely response.
Mr. VenHuizen has worked in a variety of positions in the Rock Island Police Department including: Police Officer,K-9 Officer, Field Training Officer, Police Sergeant, Narcotics Supervisor, Agent for Office of Professional Standards, Police Lieutenant, Police Lieutenant of Technical Services Division, and Deputy Chief of Police.
He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy (2010), the Northwestern School of Police Staff & Command (2008), and received an Associate of Applied Science Degree from Blackhawk College (1991). He is currently completing his undergraduate degree in Law Enforcement from Western Illinois University.
Mr. VenHuizen’s awards and recognitions include:
• Officer of the Year (1999)
• Meritorious Service Award (2006)
• Life Saving Award (1994)
• Chief’s Commendation (1998)
• Thirteen Certificates of Recognition and three Certificates of Commendation
• Clifford W. VanMeter Award for Scholastic Achievement, Basic Law Enforcement Class
“I am extremely grateful to the City Manager, Mayor, and the Council for the opportunity to serve the citizens of Rock Island as their Chief of Police. I am proud of the partnerships that have been built between the community and police department. It is through these partnerships that we can reduce crime, build further trust, and enhance the quality of life in our community,” stated Mr. VenHuizen.
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