The Village of Niles can confirm that there are several internal investigations underway within the Niles Police Department, including one formal investigation that was opened in late March at the direction of the Chief of Police after he learned that a “whistleblower” expressed concern about how a February 2021 well-being call was handled. There are also several personnel-related issues that are being investigated for various reasons, including some that date back to before the whistleblower alerted the Village to his or her concerns.
The Village of Niles and the Niles Police Department consider all of these investigations to be very serious and they will continue to be handled with the utmost attention in order to foster the cornerstone objectives of the Niles Police Department, which are: Transparency, Accountability, and Integrity. To protect the integrity of the investigations, the Village cannot comment on the status of these pending cases. However, when the investigations are concluded, the Niles Police Department and the Village of Niles will offer an update if and as appropriate to do so in accordance with the law.
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