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Thanks for visiting the cyberhome of Chief Jody O’Guinn. This site includes independent, informed perspective and insider information on issues in law enforcement from a veteran police chief and law enforcement educator.

Chief O’Guinn began his law enforcement career in 1983 as a patrol officer with the Freeburg, Illinois Police Department. In 1987 he was hired as a police officer with the Alton, Illinois Police Department. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1999 and then to Lieutenant in 2001. In 2002, he was appointed as Deputy Police Chief, a position he held until 2009, when he was appointed as the Chief of Police for the City of Carbondale Police Department. In February 2016, Chief O’Guinn was appointed as the Police Chief for the Village of Freeman Spur.

A graduate of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and the FBI National Academy, 223rd Session, he received a Master of Public Administration and Policy Analysis degree. He has been an adjunct Criminal Justice faculty member for Southern Illinois University (Edwardsville, IL), Lewis and Clark Community College (Godfrey, IL), John A. Logan College (Carterville, IL) and is currently a Criminal Justice adjunct faculty member for Missouri Baptist University (St. Louis, MO). He has instructed students and trained police officers, in virtually every state, in the areas of Police Organization and Administration, Juvenile Justice, Crime Prevention, Corrections Administration, Introduction to Corrections, Rules of Criminal Evidence, Ethics, Terrorism, Serial Murder, Community Policing, Criminology, Criminalistics, Criminal Procedure, Victimology, Constitutional Law, Firearms Safety, and Use of Force Management.

In 2005, he was appointed as the Commander of the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System, Region 8, Weapons of Mass destruction Special Response Team, a position that he held for nearly seven years. In 2007 he was appointed by the Governor to the State of Illinois Task Force on Electro- Muscular Disruption Technology to study and evaluate all available use of force models for the purpose of recommending a standardized model for training police and correctional officers in the State of Illinois.

Thought for the Week…

“With public sentiment you can do anything…without it you can do nothing.” 
– Abraham Lincoln


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