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The Village of Hanover Park was incorporated on August 14, 1958 with a population of 305. Clyde West was appointed the first Police Chief. He used his house as the village’s first Police Department. His house was located at the southeast corner of Evergreen and Church. He resigned in February 1959.

Posed group of Department Personnel 1966
Department Personnel 1966

Carl Ahlstrand, a trustee, volunteered to take his place as acting Chief. Chief Ahlstrand was tragically killed on February 22, 1959 when a semi-truck struck him after he had pulled over a speeding car in the area of Lake and Walnut. While Chief Ahlstrand was questioning the two people in the car, a semi-truck driver lost control of his truck and smashed into the two cars killing Chief Ahlstrand and the two people in the speeding car. Chief Ahlstrand's name is on the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C. (Panel 15, W-3). The year Chief Ahlstrand died 102 other officers nationwide were killed in the line of duty.

Walter Cliff who was with Chief Ahlstrand at the time of the crash and had been injured in that crash was then appointed to serve as the village’s third Police Chief.

In 1960, the police department was moved to a barn on Irving Park Road. The village population of Hanover Park had reached 451. In 1962, Walter Cliff resigned and the one time full-time Police, Officer Sam Polotto, was appointed Chief of Police. He remained Chief until 1976.During 1962, the village population reached 1,845.

Small white house at 2121 West Lake Street.
2121 West Lake Street

In 1963, the population of Hanover Park grew to 3,713. In 1964, the Police Department moved into a small white house at 2121 West Lake Street. The Village Hall occupied the same building. By 1965, the population was at 6,620.

A 1969 photo of retired Lieutenant Raoul Hill driving a 1966 Pontiac Catalina.
A 1969 photo of retired Lieutenant Raoul Hill driving a 1966 Pontiac Catalina.

In 1970, the salary for the Chief of Police was $11,900.The starting salary for a police officer was $8,500.

Posed group of police officer from the 1970s

In 1971, the business corridor along Irving Park Road was taking shape with businesses such as Brown’s Chicken, Chicken Unlimited, Tri-Village Inn, Eagle Discount Store, McDonalds, Dunkin Donuts and K-mart.

Retired Officer Paul Schaetzle in 1973 fingerprinting a child.

Retired Officer Paul Schaetzle in 1973 talking with children at school.

Retired Officer Paul Schaetzle in 1973
fingerprinting a child and talking with children at school.

Police Department Building at 1700 Jensen in 1973.
1700 Jensen

In 1973 the Police Department moved to 1700 Jensen. The Village Hall was left behind at 2121 West Lake Street.

In 1975 the salary for the Chief of Police was $21,984. The starting salary for a Lieutenant was $14,892. The starting salary for a Sergeant was $13,512. The starting salary for a Police Officer was $11,664.

The current police department and village hall at 2121 West Lake Street.
The Police Department as of December 2011.

In 1976 the Police Department moved back to 2121 West Lake Street. It was decided that it would be better if the Police Department was located in the same building as the Village Hall.  This police facility had a total of 19,960 square feet and was built for a police department of approximately 40 employee's.  Over time the police department expanded to 99 employee's.

Recognizing that it was time to expand, work began on designing new police facilities for the village.  The new headquarters building was designed by PSA Dewberry (now Dewberry) and construction was by Leopardo Construction Company.

On site operations for construction of the new police headquarters building began July 12, 2010 with the demolition of the existing structures on the 2011 Lake Street site.  The building spans 63,670 squar feet (including the 9,570 sq foot garage) and was substantially completed in January of 2012.  The police department moved into the new building on February 21, 2012.  The new building includes state of the art evidence processing and storage facilities, a modern detention facility, an OSHA/EPA compliant firearms range as well as a Community Room that seats 50 people.

 New Hanover Park Police Headquarters February 2012

     Beam Setting January 10, 2011                                 Setting Walls February 18, 2011                                      February 2011

August 28, 2011

Robert Sauer
Robert Sauer was appointed Police Chief in 1976 and remained as the Police Chief until 1992.


Jorge Martinez in Police van
The first Community Service Officer,
Jorge Martinez, was hired on March 3, 1977.

Commander Gary Altergott
Commander Gary Altergott is appointed
Chief of Police in 1992.

In 1992, Commander Gary Altergott was appointed as Chief of Police and remained Chief until 1997. Phillip Bue was then appointed Police Chief in 1997 to replace Chief Gary Altergott . Chief Bue served as Chief of Police for eleven months. Ron Moser was then appointed as Chief of Police in 1998.

Chief Ron Moser
Chief Moser

Law Enforcement Accreditation seal.

The Hanover Park Police Department first received Accreditation status in 2001 under Chief Moser.

The accreditation had been a long time goal for the department, and put the Hanover Park Police Department among only three percent of the 18,700 police agencies in the United States to reach this objective. To gain accreditation, the department had to comply with hundreds of standards and pass an on-site assessment, conducted in August 2001.

November 2010—Fourth CALEA accreditation group.
November 2010—Fourth CALEA accreditation for the department in Garden Grove, California.

Police Officer posing with girlThe CALEA assessors ranked the Hanover Park Police Department second to none in crime analysis procedures, and were also helpful in pointing out ways to sharpen various processes even further.

In 1999, the department added a canine unit which brought the total sworn officers to 49.

In 2004, the department was reaccredited by CALEA and this accreditation was valid for three years.  The department has been re accredited every three years since 2004.  The most recent re accreditation was completed in August of 2010 and is good until 2013.

In 2007, the department was awarded the Community Innovation Award by the Illinois Municipal League for its staff meeting format.  This contributed to the lowest Part I crime rate in Hanover Park history.

In 2009, David Webb was appointed Police Chief. 

In November of 2010, the department was reaccredited by CALEA for the third time.

The department has seen consistently low Part I crime statistics over the years however in 2011, the department recorded its lowest Part I rate in the history of the police department.  Part I crime is the benchmark used by the FBI to determine the crime rate in villages and cities.  This significant accomplishment was noted following the addition of a community policing strategy being coupled with the department's current intelligence driven style of policing.

In 2011, the Police Department has 61 sworn police officers; 25 full-time non-sworn officers and 13 part-time non-sworn officers for a total of 99 employees.


Squad Car