Champaign Police Chief Timothy T. Tyler is pleased to announce the appointment of two long-serving members of the Champaign Police Department to serve as Deputy Police Chiefs.
“When I arrived at the Champaign Police Department, I found a group of Interim Commanders working every day to keep their team strong and this community safe,” said Tyler. “Today, I am proud to announce that Deputy Chiefs Geoffrey Coon and Kevin Olmstead are interims no more. They have earned their places as leaders among the men and women of the Champaign Police Department, and I congratulate them on their promotions.”
Geoffrey Coon has been appointed as Deputy Police Chief of Operational Support. Coon has served in the role in an interim capacity since December 2021. He oversees the Department’s Investigations Division and specialized units including the multijurisdictional Street Crimes Task Force, Evidence Division, High Tech Crimes, Crime Analysis, and Crime Scene Units. The Criminal Investigations Division is responsible for reviewing all police reports and investigating crimes within the City of Champaign. The Division is staffed with 17 Detectives, three Detective Sergeants, and one Lieutenant, who oversee approximately 1,500 investigations annually. Coon has served with the Champaign Police Department since 1998. Prior to his appointment to Deputy Chief of Operational Support, he held the ranks of Lieutenant, Sergeant, and Patrol Officer.
Coon holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts & Sciences Degree from the University of Illinois. He is a veteran of the Illinois National Guard and has served as the Law Enforcement Coordinator for Champaign County Crime Stoppers since 2014.
Kevin Olmstead has been appointed as Deputy Police Chief of Operations. Olmstead has served in the role in an interim capacity since November 2021. He oversees the Department’s Uniform Patrol Division and specialized units including the Crisis Intervention Team, SWAT, Field Training, Explosive Ordinance Disposal, and K-9 Units. The Patrol Division is the first responder to all calls for service, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. This includes preliminary investigations, accident investigations, order maintenance, traffic enforcement, and others. The Patrol Division handles more than 50,000 calls for service each year. The Division is staffed with 75 officers, 13 Sergeants, two Lieutenants, and one K-9 officer. Olmstead has served with the Champaign Police Department since 2006. Prior to his appointment to Deputy Chief of Operations, he held the ranks of Lieutenant, Sergeant, Detective, and Patrol Officer.
Olmstead holds a Bachelor of Sciences Degree from Illinois State University and attended the Northwestern University School of Staff and Command.
Deputy Chiefs Coon and Olmstead begin their appointments on October 10, 2022.