About Us

Message from the Chief

Welcome to the Normal Police Department website. Our department consists of 81 sworn officers and 26 full and part time civilian staff members. We are a progressive department committed to working in partnership with the community to promote safety and enhance the quality of life for our citizens. We are extremely proud of the fact that we are nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies. This recognition means the department’s policies, procedures and operations meet national standards for the best practices for progressive law enforcement agencies.

We embrace the Community Policing philosophy and believe that good communication between the public and the department is essential. The department encourages community feedback so please feel free to contact me any time with questions or comments you may have.

We hope you enjoy your visit.

Rick Bleichner
Chief of Police


The Normal Police Department has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) since 1994. In 2005, the department was selected as a Flagship Agency. The Flagship program was created to acknowledge the achievement and expertise of some of the most successful CALEA accredited agencies.

In 2011 and 2014, the Department was recognized as a Meritorious Agency for achieving and maintaining CALEA Accreditation for 15 or more continuous years. The department received the CALEA Accreditation with Excellence Award in 2014. The Excellence Award is given by the commission to those agencies that underwent reaccreditation through the Gold Standard Assessment model and who most embody the effective use of accreditation as a model to deliver enhanced public safety services and management professionalism.

Accreditation is an award that symbolizes professionalism, excellence and competence. For more information, contact Pat Barnes at (309) 454-9532.

Benefits of CALEA Accreditation

  • Assists in agency's pursuit of excellence
  • Comprehensive, well thought-out written directives
  • Improved relationship with the community
  • Limit liability and risk exposure
  • Preparedness program in place
  • Reports and analysis to make informed management decisions
  • Strengthen agency's accountability