SOUTH HOLLAND | A special operations sergeant of the South Holland Police Department with more than 20 years of law enforcement experience has been appointed lieutenant, according to a news release.
The village's Public Safety Committee unanimously recommended the appointment of Shawn Staples, a graduate of Chicago State University, and the Village Board gave its approval Tuesday.
Staples began his career in South Holland in 2002 as a patrol officer and advanced to school resource officer, detective and patrol sergeant. He has been a special operations sergeant since 2013, supervising and training a unit of officers to investigate, conduct surveillance and make arrests for illegal gun and drug activity.
Prior to service in South Holland, Staples served nearly 10 years with the Illinois Department of Corrections, progressing from correctional officer to residential counselor.
He is a member of the South Suburban Emergency Response Team and has experience as a juvenile specialist and evidence technician.
Staples has been named Officer of the Year with commendations for professionalism and dedication by SSERT and has received commendations from other south suburban police departments for his professionalism.
He completed Supervisor School at Northwestern University in 2011 and FBI Advance SWAT School at the Great Lakes Naval Base in 2006.
His professional affiliations include the Illinois Tactical Officers Association, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, Phi Beta Sigma and Kappa Psi Honor Society.