Assistant Chief Gary Sutherland
Bloomington, IL - After 25 years of service, BPD Assistant Chief Gary Sutherland recently announced his retirement effective August 5, 2016.
"Assistant Chief Sutherland retires after having completed 25 years of distinguished service to the Bloomington Police Department and the citizens in which we serve. He retires as one of the most decorated officers in the Department and is well respected for the multitude of assignments he fulfilled in his career. He was the first Assistant Chief of the Office of Professional Standards and did an outstanding job of laying the foundation for this very important division," explains Bloomington Police Chief Brendan Heffner. "Assistant Chief Sutherland is someone for whom I have great respect, and he will be missed."
Assistant Chief Sutherland joined the Bloomington Police Department in 1991. Prior to his service with the Bloomington Police Department, Sutherland served in the United States Army. Sutherland was initially assigned as a patrol officer and joined the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) as a detective in 2000. In 2011, he was promoted to Sergeant with assignments in the Patrol Division, K-9 Unit, and the Office of Professional Standards. Sutherland served as a team leader on the SWAT team and was a Field Training Officer. In 2014 Sutherland was promoted to the position of Assistant Chief of Professional Standards.
While at the Bloomington Police Department, Sutherland has been honored with an unprecedented 35 Letters of Commendation, a Unit Citation for his work in CID, and three merit awards including a military ribbon, a Bravery Commendation, and a Distinguished Achievement award. The awards reflect Sutherlands' dedication and service to the Bloomington Police Department and our community.
During his career, Assistant Chief Sutherland took the opportunity to show the human side of policing. In December, 2013, Sutherland was dispatched to a residential burglary report. While speaking with the victim, Sutherland took note that there were no Christmas decorations or presents in the residence. The next day, Sutherland obtained some donated items (paper products, household goods, and stuffed animals) and put together a care package for the family. Sutherland also referred the family to BPD's Shop with a Cop program. Sutherland received a phone call from the mother informing him they were accepted into the Shop with a Cop program. The mother further explained that because of Sgt. Sutherland’s thoughtfulness the family would have items for Christmas.
The story sums up the type of police officer Assistant Chief Sutherland was.
*Pictured above is BPD Chief Brendan Heffner and Assistant Chief Gary Sutherland.