The Oak Park Police Department has named 23-year Oak Park police veteran LaDon Reynolds deputy police chief, according to a village press release.
Reynolds, who currently serves as commander, will be sworn in at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 25 at Village Hall, 123 Madison St.
"Reaching this level of command within the department where I have built my career is a life ambition realized," Reynolds said in the press release. "Chief (Anthony) Ambrose has always demonstrated his trust in my abilities and potential. With this promotion, he has taken that support to an entirely different level. With his help, I will work to apply my years of experience working with the citizens of Oak Park and the men and women on the force to provide the level of leadership and professionalism they expect and deserve."
As commander, Reynolds currently oversees OPPD's Investigations Division, which includes evidence technicians, school resource officers, juvenile officers, detectives and task force officers assigned to the FBI and DEA. He also now serves as the public information officer and as head of the response-to-resistance programs, which trains officers in less-than-lethal methods to diffuse potentially deadly situations.
In his new position, Reynolds oversees OPPD's Patrol Division of beat officers.
He also is an adjunct professor of Criminal Justice Administration at Triton College, teaching courses in Law Enforcement Administration and Police Community Relations. Reynolds also is an instructor for both Western Illinois University's campus security training program and the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Executive Institute, teaching modules on diversity, cultural awareness and community policing.
He holds a Master of Science degree in Education and a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Reynolds is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Senior Management Institute for Police, the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Executive Institute and the Community Leadership Program at Dominican University's Brennan School of Business.
Chief Ambrose said in the press release that Reynolds "has served with distinction since joining the force as a patrol officer."
"I am pleased to have played a role in helping him achieve this new level in his career," Ambrose said.
Village Manager Cara Pavlicek said in the press release that it was an easy decision choosing Reynolds for the post, due to his experience and knowledge. "He knows the community, the department and the challenges we face, and will be an important addition to the department's leadership team," she said.
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