Nicholas Pecora is the new Police Chief for the Village of Arlington Heights effective immediately, as Village Manager Randy Recklaus announced the appointment Monday, August 5, 2019. After 37 years of dedicated service with the Arlington Heights Police Department, Pecora most recently served as Acting Police Chief following the retirement of Police Gerald Mourning in June 2019. Chief Pecora’s extensive experience and dedication to police service will serve him well in his leadership of the Arlington Heights Police Department. His most recent accomplishment of overseeing all phases of development of the new Police Station, gives him a strong foundation to set the police department on a path to continued future success.
“Chief Pecora possesses the right mix of experience, law enforcement expertise, forward-thinking leadership, and a love for Arlington Heights,” said Village Manager Recklaus. “He is highly respected in the community, among the management team, and most importantly, within the Police Department. I know he will carry on and expand the Arlington Heights Police Department’s 125-year tradition of professional and high quality law enforcement services during his tenure as Police Chief.”
A formal swearing-in ceremony will take place at the August 19th Village Board meeting. Chief Pecora is the sixth police chief serving the Village of Arlington Heights. His police service career in Arlington Heights started in 1982 when he joined the Department as a Public Service Officer. Chief Pecora quickly rose through the ranks, successfully holding the positions of Criminal Investigator/Police Officer, Police Sergeant, Police Commander and last serving the role of Deputy Chief since 2009 until being appointed Acting Police Chief in June 2019.
Chief Pecora’s education includes a Bachelor’s of Business Management degree from Robert Morris University. He has also attended the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy and the Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command. Pecora has also participated in over 3,500 hours of in-service training provided by Federal, State, local and private law enforcement agencies.
Under Chief Pecora’s leadership, the Arlington Heights Police Department of 110 sworn police officers and 30 staff members will provide residents and businesses with police protection services through the Department’s three divisions of Administrative Services, Criminal Investigation & Community Services, and Patrol.
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