DIXON – Oregon Police Chief Darin DeHaan is an outstanding alumnus of Sauk Valley Community College.
DeHaan received the 2013 Outstanding Alumni Award at commencement Friday.
DeHaan graduated with a criminal justice degree in 1993. He then earned a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement and justice administration from Western Illinois University in 1996.
DeHaan joined the Oregon police force as a patrol officer and climbed the ranks as a detective, corporal, sergeant, lieutenant and, most recently, as the police chief. He completed his master’s degree in public administration at Northwestern University in the meantime.
“With my education from Sauk, I was able to quickly and successfully climb through the ranks in law enforcement,” DeHaan said in a new release from the college. “This institution not only cares about the current learning environment for its students, but also focuses on preparing them for the future as well.”
DeHaan is an adjunct faculty member in the criminal justice program at Sauk. He established the first K-9 unit in Oregon and founded the Ogle County Methamphetamine Awareness Coalition.
The Outstanding Alumni Award recognizes Sauk alumni who have gone on to make a positive and lasting impact on their community or career field.