Chief Dan Ryan


Chief Dan Ryan has served the Leland Grove Police Department since November 1998. After graduating from Rochester High School, he enrolled at Lincoln Land Community College starting his studies of Law Enforcement Administration.

Chief Ryan started his law enforcement path in 1995 as an Auxiliary Deputy with the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Department. In 1996 he was hired as a Civil Process Server with Sangamon County and then as a Part-Time Officer in Pleasant Plains. In 1997 he was hired as the Assistant Coordinator of Police Training with the Law Enforcement Training Advisory Commission. 1998 Chief Ryan took over the duties of Police Training Coordinator for LETAC where he still serves today. In the winter of 1998 Chief Ryan was selected as a Part-Time Officer with the Leland Grove Police Department. In February 1999 Chief Ryan was promoted to full time status and has since risen thru the ranks to his current position of Chief of Police.

Chief Ryan has held or currently holds the following certifications: Firearms Instructor, Range Master Instructor, Patrol Rifle Instructor, Pressure Point Control Tactics Instructor, Law Enforcement Video Instructor, DUI Field Sobriety Instructor, Taser Instructor, Juvenile Officer, Evidence Officer, Cooper Institute Certified Personal Trainer, Internal Affairs Supervisor, Field Training Officer/Supervisor, FOIA Officer, and Bike Patrol Officer.

Chief Ryan is extremely active in local, County and State level organizations. He is presently a member of the following professional organizations:


  •         Sangamon County Law Enforcement Executives.
  •         Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police Association.
  •         International Chiefs of Police Association.
  •         Illinois Internal Affairs Officers Association
  •      Central Illinois Law Enforcement Executives
  •      Illinois Law Enforcement Educators Association


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