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Richard Eddington completed over 44 years of law enforcement service. Beginning his career in Roselle, Illinois, Mr. Eddington progressed through the ranks to become Chief of Police. During his tenure, he spearheaded a community policing program that increased DUI arrests by 150% and was a factor in reducing residential burglaries by 50%. In 2001 Mr. Eddington was appointed Chief of Police in Mount Prospect where he was retained to resolve complaints to the Department of Justice lodged by the village’s Hispanic population. The resolution included a memorandum of agreement to monitor police activities and prevent racially biased law enforcement. Assuming command of the Evanston Police Department in 2007, in an effort to reduce the city’s crime rate, Mr. Eddington focused on improving the department’s deployment strategy to include intelligence-led policing and establishing a more inclusive partnership with the community. He implemented a body-worn camera program in fewer than 18 months. During his tenure as Chief of Police in Evanston, ending with his retirement in December, 2018, Part One crimes decreased by 40%.

Mr. Eddington is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Western Illinois University, where he earned a Master of Art degree in law enforcement administration, and Loyola University with a Bachelor of Art degree in law enforcement administration. Mr. Eddington attended Force Science Institute and Administrative Officers’ Course at the Southern Police Institute.

Professional Education, Training and Instruction

  • FBI National Academy
  • Western Illinois University, MA
  • Loyola University, BA
  • Force Science Institute
  • Southern Police Institute, Administrative Officers’ Course

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • FBI National Academy Association
  • Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, Life Member, Former Chair Legislative Committee
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police, Life Member
  • Loyola University Criminal Justice Program Advisory Committee, Member
  • Northern Illinois Police Alarm System, Former Board Member
  • Northern Illinois Police Crime Laboratory, Former Board Member
  • Northwest Police Academy, Former Recording Secretary
  • Police Executive Research Forum, Life Member

Awards

  • Illinois Chiefs of Police, President’s Award
  • Illinois Chiefs of Police, Certified Police Chief
  • Roselle Police Department, Combat Badges
  • Roselle Police Department, Gallantry Cross
  • Roselle Police Department, Purple Heart
  • Rotary International, Paul Harris Fellow