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Posted on: September 25, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Police Chief named President of DuPage County Chiefs of Police Association

Chief Turano swearing in ceremony 09/24/20

On September 24, 2020, Police Chief Turano was sworn in as the President of the DuPage County Chiefs of Police Association (DCCOPA). As an active fourteen-year member, Chief Turano was elected to the position by fellow DCCOPA members, and has served in various capacities, which have included Executive Board member, Sergeant-at-Arms, and 2nd Vice President. The Association was organized March of 1963, and is comprised of 166 of the county's top law enforcement executives, retired police executives, and private sector partners. Recognized as the state’s largest county police association, it is also known as one of the largest and most active in the United States. 

When asked what his goals are as President of the Association for the coming year, Chief Turano said he will work to address perceptions regarding police excessive use of force, and to promote dialogue between police and community members. During his first speech as the presiding Association President, Chief Turano underscored a police perspective saying, “We are the Police. We are all members of the community. We are all human beings. We all desire safety and justice.”

The Association was originally organized to promote legislation that would enhance public security by providing superior police protection for the residents of DuPage County and its many visitors. Today, with the same ultimate goal, its role has expanded to provide better communication, education, and training for DuPage County police and security agencies, even sponsoring and opening some events to agencies statewide. The Association maintains a strong presence in Springfield, regularly testifying on legislative issues, and whose members are frequently recognized by legislative leaders to provide insight into public safety issues and problems facing the criminal justice system. 

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