The Rantoul Police Department consists of 37 employees, 30 of which are sworn police officers. The Department is divided into two service divisions, with a Lieutenant overseeing each division. The Patrol Division is led by Lieutenant Alex Meyer and the Administrative Division is led by Lieutenant Justin Bouse.
The Patrol Division is the largest division of the Rantoul Police Department composed of 17 patrol officers supervised by two patrol sergeants on each shift. The officers assigned to the Patrol Division respond to calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Typical duties of a patrol officer include residential and business patrols, enforcement of state, local, and traffic offenses, investigation of motor vehicle traffic crashes, and response to calls for service. Assigned officers conduct patrol in marked police vehicles, bicycles, and occasional foot patrols.
A few of the community services provided by patrol officers include:
Attending neighborhood watch meetings
Giving presentations at various organizations to promote safety and awareness initiatives
Mentoring youth at local schools
Participating in the annual community-wide Spring Fling event
Providing additional security at large community events
Providing funeral escorts for local churches
The Police Department's Administrative Division consists of the Chief of Police, an administrative lieutenant, and an executive assistant.
This unit is responsible for the general administration of the Police Department, as well as strategic planning, policy development and budgeting. The executive management staff interacts with all units of City government to further the organizational mission.
Additionally, the following sections of the department are within the Administrative Division:
Police officers have the opportunity to serve on several different specialized units while performing their other functions.
• FTO Unit
• K-9 Unit