Policing Practices & Procedures
The Village of Glen Ellyn is a welcoming community to all. Hateful criminal acts and racism are an affront to the values and beliefs of our community and will not be tolerated. The men and women of the Glen Ellyn Police Department have sworn an oath to protect all residents and guests of Glen Ellyn, and to uphold the Constitution of the United States. Accordingly, the Village of Glen Ellyn and the Glen Ellyn Police Department stand united with fellow residents against any and all acts of violence and racism within our community and reject discrimination towards any person under any circumstance. A portion of our Statement of Values reads:
“In serving the community, we must treat all people fairly, with respect and without prejudice; be prepared and vigilant; respond immediately when we are needed; be approachable and open but respect confidentiality; work with the community to maintain community values; strive to keep problems from arising and resolve situations without worsening them; and observe high standards of behavior.”
The Village of Glen Ellyn is committed to continually engage with those we serve in a courteous and professional manner. We have worked hard to earn and keep the trust of our community and we value and respect all citizens. Consistent with the policies of the Glen Ellyn Police Department, we stand with our community, other law enforcement agencies, and the nation against discrimination, racial profiling, and excessive use of force.
- Are the police officers in Glen Ellyn being trained to de-escalate altercations by using peaceful conflict resolution strategies?
- Are the officers in Glen Ellyn forbidden from using carotid restraints (chokeholds, strangleholds) and hog-tying methods? Are they forbidden from transporting civilians in uncomfortable positions?
- Are the police officers in Glen Ellyn required to intervene if they witness another officer using excessive force? Will officers be reprimanded if they fail to intervene?
- Are the police officers in Glen Ellyn forbidden from shooting at moving vehicles?
- Is there a clear and enforced use-of-force continuum that details what weapons and force are acceptable in a wide variety of civilian-police interactions?
- Are the officers in Glen Ellyn required to exhaust every other possible option before using excessive force?
- Are the officers in Glen Ellyn required to report each time they threaten to or use force on civilians?
- Are the officers in Glen Ellyn thoroughly vetted to ensure that they do not have a history with abuse, racism, xenophobia, homophobia / transphobia, or discrimination?
- Are the officers in Glen Ellyn trained to perform and seek necessary medical action after using excessive force?
- Is there an early intervention system enforced to correct officers who use excessive force? Additionally, how many complaints does an officer have to receive before they are reprimanded or terminated?
- Is there a report on civilian deaths that occurred in custody as a result of use of excessive force by a police officer?