Inside the Fairview Heights Police Department

CHIEF CHRISTOPHER S. LOCKE

Chief Locke joined the police department in 1994 after spending eight years on active duty with the United States Air Force.

During his military duties, he was assigned to the 375th Security Police Squadron and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, both units at Scott Air Force Base. Locke immediately went into the reserves upon his assignment to the FHPD. The Chief served as an AFOSI Special Agent until his retirement from the Reserves in 2014.  During his military career, he fulfilled many roles to include counter-intelligence agent, investigator, confidential informant handling agent, undercover agent, protective service team member and Emergency Services Team (EST) member. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Locke, upon joining the department in 1994, remained in patrol for approximately three years and was chosen for a position in the Criminal Investigations Division, where he remained for four years. During that time, he was an active member of the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis. Locke was promoted to Sergeant and became a shift commander, where he remained until 2007, at which time he was promoted to Lieutenant. Locke, as a Lieutenant, served as the commander of the Support, Investigations and Patrol Divisions. Locke has also served as a use of force instructor, Deputy Commander with the Major Case Squad and the city’s Emergency Services Disaster Agency Coordinator.

He was promoted to Assistant Chief of Police (Captain) in October 2010.  He was chosen as the Iterim Chief of Police in July 2018 and ultimately Chief of Police in December 2018.

Locke has an A.A.S. degree in Criminal Justice from Belleville Area College (SWIC) and a B.S. degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Sterling College. He is a graduate of the United States Air Force, Office of Special Investigations, Special Investigators Academy.  Locke also completed the Administrative Officer’s Course and the Chief Executive Leadership Course, Southern Police Institute, University of Louisville.  He earned the Dean’s Scholar Award while attending the Administrative Officer’s Course in recognition of his academic achievements.  Locke has also instructed at the SWIC Police Academy and served as an adjunct professor for the college.

CAPTAIN JOHN F. PROFFITT

John Proffitt was appointed as a police officer with the Fairview Heights Police Department in August 1988.

Proffitt served as a member of patrol 1988 until 1996 when he became a member of the Community Oriented Pedal-cycle Patrol (COPP). In 1999, he was assigned to the Juvenile section of the Investigations Unit as a DARE officer and Elderly Service Officer. As an ESO, he investigated crimes against the elderly while serving as a member of the M-Team which addressed elderly issues/crimes in the region. He coordinated the Police And Children Together (PACT) Camp which was an outreach program matching officers with At-Risk youth; the Police Youth Academy and the Senior Citizen Academy.

In 2002, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and served in the Investigation Division as Detective Sergeant until 2003. In 2003, he was assigned to the Patrol Division where he served as a Patrol Sergeant until his promotion to lieutenant in 2008. After being promoted to Lieutenant, Proffitt served as the Patrol Division Commander in 2009 – 2010, 2013-2015; as The Administrative Lieutenant responsible for the Support and Criminal Investigations Unit from 2011-2012 and 2016-2017- he was responsible for the operations of the Investigations Unit and the Civilian Support Staff of the department. Proffitt was most recently sworn in as Captain in December of 2018.

Proffitt is a 1980 graduate of the University of Rhode Island; a graduate of the 262nd Session of the FBI National Academy and a graduate of the Administrative Officer’s Course of the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville where he was recognized as a Dean’s Scholar. Proffitt served active duty in the US Army from 1984-1987 as Military Police with the 101st Airborne Division.

Proffitt is a member of the Southern Illinois Police Chiefs’ Association. He is actively involved in the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run that benefits Special Olympics Illinois and its athletes.

Divisions

Patrol Division

The core mission of the Fairview Heights Police Department is carried out by our Patrol Division officers. Every other division and unit in the Police Department, including the Chief of Police and administrators, are there to support what Patrol does day in and day out.

Patrol officers are counted on by this community to:

· Respond to emergency calls for help;

· Act as keepers of the peace;

· Investigate and report on crimes and incidents;

· Make arrests as needed;

· Enforce traffic laws and investigate traffic accidents;

· Patrol neighborhoods and businesses to prevent and detect crime.

The Patrol Division is made up of 28 officers, divided into 4 teams. Each team is led by a patrol sergeant. The teams work 12 hour shifts. The team is assigned to work together on the same shift for a full year. There is no rotation and no switching of shifts, normally.

On the day shifts, the team consists of the sergeant and seven officers. On the night shifts, the teams are a sergeant and five officers. The Patrol Division also has two canine officers.

Criminal Investigations Division

The Fairview Heights Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division supports the other divisions of the department by conducting follow-up investigations of reported criminal activity and if warranted presenting cases to the St. Clair County States Attorney’s office for prosecution. Detectives review preliminary investigations conducted by patrol officers and then interview victims, witnesses, and suspects. Personnel assigned to the unit posses special knowledge and skills in interviewing, crime scene processing, interpersonal communication, and constitutional issues such as search and seizure. Detectives within the division are members of the St. Louis Metropolitian Major Case Squad and the Child Death Investigations Squad.

The division is comprised of a Division Commander, Detective Sergeant and seven sworn officers. Four of the officers serve as detectives investigating general criminal activity that has occurred within the city of Fairview Heights. One officer serves as the juvenile detective primarily investigating crimes and civil matters involving persons under the age of seventeen.  Two officers are on special assignment with outside law enforcement agencies. One officer is assigned to the Metropolitian Enforcement Group of Southwestern Illinois, which investigates street level drug crimes that occur within a multi-county area. The other officer is assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration Taskforce.  The Taskforce investigates drug offenses that are of such a nature that they fall under federal jurisdiction.

SUPPORT SERVICES DIVISION

Records

Records Department, staffed by two civilian employees, is responsible for the overall processing, maintenance and digitizing of department records and reports. This includes all reports pertaining to crimes, accidents, services, arrest records, traffic citations and warning tickets. The Records Department is responsible for the preparation of the monthly Illinois Uniform Crime Report. They provide assistance to citizens and law enforcement agencies as necessary. The department functions under the direct supervision of the Supervisor of Support Services.

Honor Guard

In April of 2008, the Police Department formed its first Honor Guard unit. The Honor Guard unit was established to serve as official ambassadors of the Police Department for fallen police officer/firefighter funerals, ceremonial presentations and indirectly for recruitment purposes.

Former Chief of Police Edward Delmore called upon an old friend, Darrin DeCoster, of the Fairfax County Va. Police Department to help drill the unit during its formation. DeCoster was a member of the Army Old Guard and also served as a sentinel at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. DeCoster instructed the unit on drill moves, hand movement, flag etiquette, rifle and flag presentations, posture and grooming.

Before the first week of instruction was over, Former Chief Delmore arranged for the Honor Guard to present the colors during the National Anthem for the 2008 Cardinal’s baseball opening game. Since that time, the Honor Guard has been requested to present the colors at several events including SWIC Police Academy graduations, the FHPD senior and youth academies, the St. Louis Blues Hockey Team Heroes night, Grace Church Memorial Day celebration, the Guns & Hoses Police vs. Firemen boxing match, the Southern Illinois Police Chief Association & Southern Illinois Law Enforcement Commission annual training seminar. This year they will be participating in the Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Springfield, Illinois and St. Clair County and served at the funeral of Lt. Jonas, Centreville Police Officer who was shot and killed on duty.

In September of 2008, the unit attended a week long Honor Guard boot camp hosted by the Goshen, Indiana, Police Honor Guard. The team was actually split into two separate units during the camp. The top team of the academy had the honor of being the Honor Guard for a full mock fireman’s funeral as a graduation exercise on the last day of camp. The teams had to perform a predetermined set of drills inside a designated area. The Fairview Heights Police Honor Guard took first and second place in the drills.

The Honor Guard currently consists of 10 members.