Our guiding principle is to serve and protect all residents and visitors. Our mission is built on the belief that the best way to combat crime is to prevent it, Further, this department believes that effective crime prevention and law enforcement is based on mutual trust and respect between the members of this department and those we serve and protect. Thus, our mission is to serve and protect in an environment of trust and respect.
The City of Beardstown Police Department serves the community by protecting citizens and property, preventing crime, enforcing laws, and maintaining order. Our Department's main goal is to contribute to the quality of life in Beardstown.
The Police Department is comprised of sworn police officers that cover the residential and commercial areas around our City, including state highways.
The City of Beardstown Police Department has current openings for police officers. Officers receive a variety of benefits through the City of Beardstown.
The Training Unit supplies both in-service and specialized training to the officers of the department. This includes firearms and tactical training. All officers are required to complete in-service training each year as well as specialized training in areas including taser, defensive tactics, firearms, simulated firearms, drug indication training, hazmat training, and legal updates. All outside training is coordinated through the training unit. Chief of Police Officer Martin Coad is the training coordinator for all training within the department.
For more information, call (217) 323-3131.
The Patrol Division is responsible for responding to calls for service throughout the City of Beardstown area. Patrol cars are dispatched in several beats throughout the City, and the officers handle criminal complaints and traffic accidents within their assigned areas.
The patrol officers employ 12-hour shifts with an overlapping schedule, which allows for complete coverage of all City beats during the transitions between shifts.
In addition to the beats within City of Beardstown, other units within Patrol Division also serve the City:
The Public Information Officer (PIO) is responsible for the dissemination of information to the public through the City of Beardstown radio, television and print media. The Chief of Police acts as the PIO and provides field media contacts during incidents, information for release to the media concerning bulletins and lookouts, as well as updates on previous investigations.
The PIO is also responsible for maintaining crime statistics for the department and for maintaining the sex offender registry.