Police Roster

Administration

General responsibilities

  • Providing overall direction and vision to the agency and personnel
  • Ensuring the quality of the police service delivered to the residents of Rochelle is at the highest level
  • Managing the budget and equipment, administering policy and procedure
  • Researching, planning, maintaining training standards and records
  • Preparing annual reports and statistical data, overseeing community related programs
  • Addressing community concerns and complaints

Chief
Eric Higby

501 Higby

Chief Higby joined the department in 1996. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the department. He has training in Terrorism, Critical Incident Response,School Violence and Personnel Management. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Law Enforcement Administration. He is a graduate of both the Northwestern University's School of Staff and Command and the 234th session of the FBI National Academy.  He serves on the Board of Directors for the Shining Star Children's Advocacy Center.

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Administrative Aide
René Schwartz

000 Schwartz

AA Smith joined the department in 2001.  She is the assistant to the Chief of Police and handles department records, statistical records, correspondence, court scheduler, website maintenance,  and is the CAD & Records Management System administrator.  She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and served four years in the United States Air Force.

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Detective Sergeant
Jeff Leininger

304 Leininger

Detective Sgt. Leininger joined the department in 1998. He is the Supervisor of the Detective Division. He has training in Homicide Investigation, Juvenile Law, Interviewing and Interrogation, Photography, Medical First Responder, ERT, Breath Alcohol Testing and Critical Response. He is also a graduate of Northwestern University's School of Staff and Command.

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Sergeant
Phil Frankenberry

303 Frankenberry

Sgt. Frankenberry joined the department in 1998. He is assigned to the Patrol Division. He has training in S.W.A.T., Critical Incident Response, Rapid Deployment, Juvenile Law, Drug Investigations and truck weight enforcement. He is a graduate of Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command and served four years in the United States Air Force.

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Sergeant
Jason Bergeron

303 Bergeron

Sgt. Bergeron joined the department in 2000. He is assigned to the Patrol Division. He has training in Juvenile Law, Breath Alcohol Operator, Gang and Drug Investigation, Field Sobriety Testing, Interview and Interrogation and Computer Crimes. He serves as a Firearms Instructor and a Team Leader on the Emergency Response Team. He has his Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice, and he served four years in the United States Air Force.

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Sergeant
William Haan

305 Haan

Sgt. Haan joined the department in 2003. He is assigned to the Patrol Division. He has training in Breath Alcohol Operator, Sex Offender Registration, Supervision, Rapid Deployment, Leadership, Complete Traffic Stops, Field Interviews, Search and Seizure, Patrol Tactics, Interview and Interrogation, and is trained in Juvenile Law.

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Sergeant
Chester Smith

301 Smith

Sgt. Smith joined the department in 2002. He is assigned to the Patrol Division. He has training in Supervision, Juvenile Law, Breath Alcohol Operator, D.U.I. Enforcement, Sex Offender Registration, Rapid Deployment, and Interview and Interrogation and he supervises the department's fleet maintenance program.

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Communications Supervisor
Sandy Sullivan

120 Sullivan

Communications Supervisor Sullivan joined the department in 1996. She is in charge of the Communications Division, handles department records, is the administrator for the CAD & Records Management System, and is one of the departments FOIA Officers. She also serves on the Ogle County 9-1-1 Board.

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Investigations Division

Detectives assigned to this division are responsible for follow-up investigations, maintenance of community programs including safety talks, and conducting special enforcement initiatives.  As a result of their unique abilities and specialized training, these individuals are tasked with solving cases that are generally too time consuming  for the patrol division to handle.  These cases can range from juvenile offenses to homicides.  Regular interaction with the patrol division ensures a high case clearance rate via a unified department. 

Detective
Terry Inman

208 Inman

Inman joined the department in 2001.  He is assigned to the Detective Division.  He has training in Domestic Terrorism, Drug and Gang Investigation, Homicide Investigation, and Sex Crimes.  He serves as a member of the Illinois Attorney General’s Internet Task Force, ILEAS Mobile Field Force and Child Death Review Team.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law Enforcement Administration and a Master of Science in Biosecurity-Disaster Preparedness.

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Detective
John Kaltenbach

216 Kaltenbach

Kaltenbach joined the department in 2004. He is assigned to the Detective Division. He has training in Vehicle Reclamations, Homicide Investigations, Interview and Interrogation, Ground Fighting, Breath Alcohol Operator, Juvenile Law, Taser instructor, and is a member of the Emergency Response Team. He holds and Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice. 

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Patrol Division

The Patrol Divison is the largest and most visible part of the department.  Some of the calls for service handled by patrol may include emergency medical calls, neighbor disputes, disturbances, animal complaints and criminal offenses.  One of the goals of this division is to assist in making Rochelle a safe environment for those who reside in or travel through our city.  We strive to achieve this goal through directed or routine patrols, and by interacting with the public.    

Officer
Dave Christopherson

217 Christopherson

Christopherson joined the department in 1987.  He is assigned to the Patrol Division.  He has training in D.U.I. Enforcement, Medical First Responder, Juvenile Law, and Breath Alcohol Testing.  He also serves as an Evidence Technician and instructs an annual Hunter Safety Course. 

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Officer
Aaron Rodabaugh

215 Rodabaugh

Rodabaugh joined the department in 2001. He is assigned to the Patrol Division. He is a Field Training Officer and has training in Field Sobriety Testing, Breath Alcohol Operator, Rapid Deployment, Interview and Interrogation, Accident Investigation and Juvenile Law. He served four years in the United States Marines as an MP. He has an Associate's Degree in Criminal Justice.

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Officer
Matthew Wittenberg

206 Wittenberg

Wittenberg joined the department in 2004.  He serves on the Emergency Response Team and he is a firearms and less-lethal shotgun instructor.  In addition, he has received specialized training in Tactical Interactions, S.W.A.T., and Patrol Tactics.  He won the department’s A.A.I.M. award for three consecutive three years for having the most D.U.I. arrests and he was recognized again in 2012 by A.A.I.M. for his efforts.

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Officer
Jason Goodwin

216 Goodwin

Goodwin joined the department in 2005.  He is assigned to the Patrol Division.  He has training in Breath Alcohol Operator, M-16 Rifle, Baton Instructor and Field Training Officer and is a member of the Emergency Response Team.  He served in the United States Marine Corp for four years, during which time he was an MP, and investigator in the Criminal Investigation Division.

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Officer
Jim Gilliam

219 Gilliam

Gilliam joined the department in 2005 and is assigned to the Patrol Division.  He has training in S.W.A.T., Gang Investigations, Breath Alcohol Operator, Excited Delirium and Juvenile Law.  He serves as a member of the Emergency Response Team, is a Taser Instructor and is a Field Training Officer.  He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration.  He was recognized by A.A.I.M. in 2012 for his D.U.I. arrests.

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K-9 Officer
Emily Hardesty

220 Hardesty

Anderson joined the department in 2006.  She is assigned to the Patrol Division and serves as one of the department’s K-9 handlers.  She has training in Juvenile Law, Breath Alcohol Operator and Taser.  She serves as a member of the I.L E. A.S. Mobile Field Force Team.  She has an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice.

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Officer
James Jakymiw

207 Jakymiw

Jakymiw joined the department in 2007.  He is assigned to the Patrol Division.  He has training in Juvenile Law, Hazmat, Taser, Police Spanish, L.E.A.D.S. and Breath Alcohol Operator.  He holds a B.S. Degree in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration.

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Officer
Matthew Gerard

211 Gerard

Gerard joined the department in 2007 and is assigned to the patrol division.  He is a certified Juvenile Officer and has received specialized training in S.W.A.T., M-16, Tactical Interactions, and serves as a member of the Emergency Response Team.

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Officer
Elvis Baneski

209 Baneski

Baneski joined the department in 2008.  He is assigned to the Patrol Division.  He has training in Breath Alcohol Operator, Complete Traffic Stops, Rapid Deployment and is a Certified Juvenile Officer.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management.  He had the highest number of D.U.I. arrests for the department in 2011, and was recognized by A.A.I.M.

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Officer
Brian VanVickle

212 VanVickle

VanVickle joined the department in 2009 and is currently assigned to the Patrol Division.  He has received training in truck weight enforcement and he is a K9 handler. 

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Officer
Joe Sester

214 Sester

Sester joined the department in 2011.  He is assigned to the Patrol Division.  He has training in Patrol Tactics, Complete Traffic Stops, truck weight enforcement and has prior police experience.

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Officer
Sonny Streit  

210 StreitStreit Joined the deparment in 2011 and is assigned to the Patrol Division. he holds a Bachelor's Degree in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration, and minored in Homeland Security. Streit has training in patrol tactics and current drug trends.

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K-9 Don 

220 Don

 K-9 Okar

212 Okar

 

Communications Division

The Communications Division serves as a public safety answering point (PSAP) for the City of Rochelle, and provides emergency and non-emergency radio and telephone communications for the police and fire departments.  Dispatchers utilize an enhanced 9-1-1 (E911) system and computer aided dispatch (CAD) to rapidly and efficiently perform their duties.

Dispatcher
Julie Thruman

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Thruman joined the department in 1987.  She is assigned to the 9-1-1 dispatch center.  She is a certified 9-1-1 operator.  She has training in Medical, Police and Fire Dispatch, L.E.A.D.S., Ogle County Siren Operation, On-Star, and is a Medical First Responder. 

 

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Dispatcher
Tony Milburn

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Milburn joined the department in 2000.  He is assigned to the 9-1-1 dispatch center.  He has training in L.E.A.D.S., Communications Training Officer, Police-Fire and Medical Dispatch, Ogle County Siren Operations and On-Star.  He is a certified Child Safety Seat Technician, and serves as an EMT-B Firefighter II and CPR instructor for the Rochelle Fire Department.

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Dispatcher
Luisa Nambo

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Nambo joined the department in 2003.  She is assigned to the 9-1-1 dispatch center.  She has training in L.E.A.D.S., Communications Training Officer, Fire Dispatch, Domestic Violence and 9-1-1 Liability.  She is a certified Child Safety Seat Technician, Ogle County Siren Operations and On-Star.

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Dispatcher
Cory Beck

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Beck joined the department in 2004.  She is assigned to the 9-1-1 dispatch center.  She has training in Law Enforcement Dispatch, Communications Training Officer, Medical Dispatch, L.E.A.D.S., Ogle County Siren Operations and On-Star.

  

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Dispatcher
Robin Olszewski

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Olszewski joined the department in 2007.  He is assigned to the 9-1-1 Dispatch center.  He is L.E.A.D.S. Certified, trained in Power Phone EMD, 9-1-1 Dispatch, Ogle County Siren Operations and ON-Star.

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Dispatcher
Roger Johanning

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Dispatcher 
Melinda Davis

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