By: Diane Benjamin
This guy is Robert Davies.
The Village of Mackinaw recently issued this Press Release:
The Press Release doesn’t say why just a few months ago Robert Davies was the Assistant Police Chief, not the Public Safety Administrator.
I randomly picked the 5/8/17 Minutes. They show Deputy Police Chief Robert Davies was present: http://www.mackinawillinois.org/Minutes/BoardofTrustees/5-8-17%20MINUTES.pdf
By this meeting (1/22/18) Davies had a title change to Public Safety Director:
Why did his title change?
Illinois Law requires all police officers be Board Certified after completing required training. See the law here: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=731&ChapterID=11
The training applies to both full-time and part-time officers. I pulled out the applicable code sections: Required Training
Training is not only required to become a police officer, continual training is required:
I submitted a FOIA to the State Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board for:
On Friday, March 9th, 2018, you requested the following records: “Certificates of completion or waiver of training for the Illinois law enforcement basic police officer training academy for Robert Davies”.
Our office is not in possession of any of these requested items. This is not a denial of your request. No records exist responsive to your request.
Without State certification as a police officer, Davies can not drive a police vehicle equipped with lights and sirens. He can’t write tickets or make arrests. He can’t wear a uniform or carry a gun.
It get worse. Davies has been a named police officer since at least 1993.
Why shouldn’t Robert Davies be investigated for
impersonating a police officer?
Obviously the Village of Mackinaw figured it out because his title was changed to a position that doesn’t require certification.
Have his job duties changed so he doesn’t appear to be an officer?
Did Davies write tickets or make arrests during his decades as a part-time officer?
Shouldn’t citizens know when they call 911 a qualified police officer will be dispatched?
Did Robert Davies ever assist real police officers who thought he was properly trained?
Are laws immaterial because Mackinaw is in Illinois?
Will any agency investigate?