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Posted on: October 18, 2021

Richton Park Welcomes New Chief of Police Demitrous Cook

The Village of Richton Park is giving a warm welcome to the new Chief of Police, Mr. Demitrous Cook! With former Chief Elvia Williams retiring this summer after more than 10 years of dedication, Cook has now stepped in to take on the role as leader of law enforcement, protecting and serving the community.

Currently in his 41st year of Police service, Demitrous Cook started his law enforcement career at the Northwestern University Police Department in 1980. A few years later, he went on to work for the Evanston Police Department, retiring in 2010 after more than 26 years of service. From there, Cook took his talents to Glenwood, IL to become their Police Chief, where he served for another 8.5 years. After that, he returned to the City of Evanston as Chief of Police, where he retired this past June. In addition, Cook also served as a Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Narcotics Task Force for 7 years.

Demitrous Cook is passionate about the overall public safety of Richton Park, stating “It is my mission to develop community partnerships and create public value with all members of our community.”

Chief Cook received his Master of Science Degree from Lewis University. He is also a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command, Northwestern University’s Executive Leadership Course, The Senior Management Institute for Police at Harvard University, and the FBI Midwest Executive Development Course. 

Cook served as Vice-President of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives Chicago Metropolitan Chapter for six years. He also served as President of the South Suburban Emergency Response Team (SSERT), coordinating and managing SWAT operations for South Suburban Cook County. He is a former President of the ECOM Dispatch Operating Committee for South Suburban Cook County as well. 

Currently, Cook is an active member of the Police Executive Research Forum, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Prince Hall Masons, and the Altgeld Gardens Alumni Group.

Village Manager Regan Stockstell is excited. “We are extremely happy and fortunate to have Chief Cook join our team and represent the Village of Richton Park. He will not only be an asset in Law Enforcement to the Richton Park community, but also to the south suburban region as well.”

Chief Cook grew up on the south side of Chicago in the Altgeld Gardens Public Housing Complex, where he was mentored by his mother, Frances Evans, Dr. Gloria Jackson-Bacon, Dr. Larry Hawkins, Judge Michael Stuttley and Coach Glen Johnson. Chief Cook is the proud father of five daughters and a stepson.

 

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