Leland Grove Police Department



The Department is staffed by full and part-time officers. We provide full 24 hour coverage of the City. Anytime, day or night.

The Department has been involved with the Sangamon County Sheriffs Office Tactical Response Unit (TRU) for over twelve years. This team is a multi-jurisdictional unit consisting of 26 sworn members. There area also 6 Tactical Paramedics and 2 Tactical M.D's attached to the unit. The team is charged with various tasks: high-risk warrant servise, securing and resolving barricaded/hostage situations and responding to any situation wherein the need for highly trained security and /or entry personnel are needed.

For over eleven years the Leland Grove Police were involved with the Illinois State Police Central Illinois Enforcement Group (CIEG). This unit is run by the Illinois State Police along with the policy board and is involved in drug enforcement investigations. This unit is one of the best in the state of Illinois. Officer Mike Bishop was assigned to CIEG unit for over six years. Sergeant Mark Gleason followed Officer Bishop and was with the unit for over five years prior to be promoted to Chief . Officer Andy Danes was selected and assigned to the unit after Chief Gleason left. The City of Leland Grove, the Village of Jerome, and the Pawnee Police Departments all combined resources to split the cost of placing an Officer in the unit. In June of 2004, the Village of Jerome placed one of their officers into the unit.

The department has trained and equipped a team of officers to conduct uniformed patrols on bicycles. This unit is utilized for extra patrols in an attempt to be more in touch with the citizens of Leland Grove.

Leland Grove Police are actively involved with the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System, ILEAS.

The Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System (ILEAS) was formed in 2002  in response to the September 11th attacks as a joint venture of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association, and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.  They were created to meet the needs of local law enforcement throughout the State of Illinois in matters of mutual aid, emergency response and the combining of resources for public safety and terrorism prevention and response. They are a consortium of over 900 local governments established pursuant to the Constitution of the State of Illinois (Ill. Const. Art. VII, sec. 10), the Illinois Intergovernmental Cooperation Act (5 ILCS 220/1 et seq.), the Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act (745 ILCS 10/7-101 et seq.) and the Illinois Municipal Code (65 ILCS 5/11-1-2.1).

The Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System (ILEAS) has come a long way since its post 9/11 birth.  When it was first created, there was no staff, only the beginning of a Governing Board and minimal participation by police and sheriffs.  The laudable efforts of the first few individuals that formed ILEAS, Sheriff Jim Olson, Deputy Chief Pete Smith, Chief Deputy Gary Stryker, Chicago Police Superintendent Terry Hillard, Illinois Terrorism Task Force Chair Mike Chamness and many others resulted in the creation of ILEAS and the first Governing Board formed.  From those early days when only a few agencies were members, ILEAS now boasts a membership of hundreds of agencies law enforcement agencies, representing over 95% of the officers and deputies in Illinois.