Police Department

Police Code of Ethics

As law enforcement officers our fundamental duty is to serve mankind; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the Constitutional rights of all men to liberty, equality, and justice.

We will keep our private life unsullied as an example to all; maintain courageous calm in the face of danger, scorn, or ridicule; develop self-restraint; and be constantly mindful of the welfare of others. Honest in thought and deed in both my personal and official life. We will be exemplary in obeying the laws of the land and the regulations of our department. Whatever we see or hear of a confidential nature or that is confided to us in our official capacity will be kept secret unless revelation is necessary in the performance of our duty.

We will never act officiously or permit personal feelings, prejudices, animosities, or friendships to influence my decisions. With no compromise for crime and with relentless prosecution of criminals. We will enforce the law courteously and appropriately without fear or favor, malice, or ill will, never employing unnecessary force or violence and never accepting gratuities.

We recognize the badge or our office as a symbol of public faith and we accept it as public trust to be held so long as we are true to the ethics of police service. We will constantly strive to achieve these objectives and ideals, dedicating myself before God to my chosen profession or law enforcement.

Department Services

House Watch
The Divernon Police Department offers a free house watch program for residents of the Village of Divernon. This program allows Divernon residents the opportunity to take a vacation with the assurance that their property and possessions will be secure.

Finger Printing
The Divernon Police Department offers free finger printing for Divernon residents.

Bicycle Patrol
The bicycle patrol unit is a valuable resource, allowing access to areas not previously accessible by conventional police cruisers. It also increases communication between our officers and citizens they encounter during their patrol.

Vehicle Lock Outs
Gain entry to vehicles depending on make and model.

Bicycle Safety Program
The bicycle safety class is based on the 10 smart routes to bicycle safety.

  1. Protect your head. Wear a helmet.
  2. Assure bicycle readiness. Make sure your bicycle is adjusted properly.
  3. Stop it. Always check brakes before riding.
  4. See and be seen.
  5. Avoid biking at night.
  6. Stay alert. Always keep a lookout for obstacles in your path.
  7. Go with the flow. The safe way is the RIGHT way.
  8. Check for traffic. Always be aware of the traffic around you.
  9. Learn rules of the road. Obey Traffic Laws.
  10. Don’t flip over your bicycle. Wheels should be securely fastened.

Department Programs

Department/Officers Complaint Program
All complaints against the police department are handled by the Chief of Police. Citizens must complete a complaint form for a meeting with the chief to discuss any complaint.

Complaint Form

Security Check Form

Contact Details

Police Chief

Paul Carpenter 

50 East Brown Street
Divernon, IL 62530