The Office of the Chief of Police manages Department resources to produce an efficient and effective police organization that provides a high level of service to the community. The responsibilities of the Chief of Police include supervising and deploying personnel and resources, developing and implementing the Department's goals and objectives, and monitoring performance of bureaus and divisions.
The Chief also focuses on developing the organization, responding to community needs and assessments, improving Department productivity and operational techniques, long range planning, formulating policies and procedures and attending public meetings.
Demitrous Cook, who previously served 26 years at the Evanston Police Department, including six years as deputy chief of police, returns to Evanston from the Glenwood Police Department where he has been chief of police since 2010.
Cook began his law enforcement career in 1981 as a police supervisor with the Northwestern University Police Department, serving both the Chicago and Evanston campuses. In 1984, he joined the Evanston Police Department as a patrol officer, rising through the ranks to become deputy chief of police in 2004, overseeing the department’s Support Services Division and later the Investigative Services Division. In 2010, Cook was hired as the chief of police for the Glenwood Police Department.
During his 37 years in law enforcement, Cook has held a variety of external leadership positions. He served as president of the South Suburban Emergency Response Team (SSERT) and as vice president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) Chicago Metropolitan Chapter. Cook also provided instruction on community-oriented policing services at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Institute for Public Safety Partnerships.
Cook holds a Master of Science degree in Criminal Social Justice from Lewis University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement from Southern Illinois University. He is a graduate of the FBI’s Midwest Law Enforcement Executive Development program and Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command. Cook is also a 1999 graduate of the Evanston Community Foundation’s Leadership Evanston program.