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WATCH NOW: Alcott sworn in as new Dyer police chief
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WATCH NOW: Alcott sworn in as new Dyer police chief

William Alcott, who began serving as the town's assistant police chief earlier this year, has taken the helm of the Dyer Police Department. While Alcott was sworn in as police chief during the Thursday Dyer Town Council meeting, he officially became Dyer's police chief July 1.

DYER — There's a new chief in town. 

William Alcott, who began serving as the town's assistant police chief earlier this year, has taken the helm of the Dyer Police Department. 

The change comes as longtime Dyer Police Chief David Hein moved into the town manager role earlier this month. 

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After being sworn in, Alcott turned to the dais and thanked the Dyer Town Council for having the confidence in him to be chief of police and to continue the "hard work" done by Hein and Dyer police. 

"I promise to do my best and bring the quality of life to the town of Dyer to the best of my ability," Alcott said. 

Alcott is a 30-year veteran of law enforcement and has a master's degree in public safety administration and a bachelor's degree in law enforcement, according to his professional biography, which was read by Town Council President Alan Brooks Thursday. 

He began his law enforcement career in January 1991 in Lynwood, where he served as a patrol officer, detective and sergeant of detectives, Brooks said. 

In February 1998, Alcott began working as a patrol officer with the village of Homewood Police Department. While there, he worked in the criminal investigation unit as a detective, was promoted to sergeant in 2008, became deputy chief of police in 2010 and became chief of police in 2016. 

Alcott also has served with various organizations, including Network 3 Gang Unit, member; Network 3 Tactical Unit, member and supervisor; South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force, member and team leader; Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, member; South Suburban Association Chiefs of Police, member; International Association of Chiefs of Police, member; and Northwestern University Staff and Command Alumni Association, member, Brooks said. 

Brooks noted Alcott, a Dyer resident for 24 years, also served on the Dyer Metropolitan Police Commission from 2004 to March 2021.

In February, Alcott retired from the Homewood Police Department, and later began serving as assistant chief of police with the Dyer Police Department March 3, Brooks said. 

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South Lake County Reporter

Mary Freda is the South Lake County reporter at The Times. She is a proud Ball State graduate, where she studied news journalism and Spanish. You can reach Mary at mary.freda@nwi.com or 219-853-2563.

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