Richard Haake

Rick Haake joined the Police Foundation in October 2018 as a Regional Manager for the Mexico team. In his Regional Manager role, Mr. Haake works on grant projects awarded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) with the purpose of increasing the professionalism of Mexican criminal justice agencies through CALEA Accreditation. Mr. Haake previously worked on the Police Foundation project team from August 2016 until October 2016 as a contracted Technical Advisor.

From 1981 to 2008, Mr. Haake worked as a Police Officer for the DuPage County Forest Preserve District in Illinois. Mr. Haake progressed through the ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant, Deputy Chief and Acting Chief during his career. Responsibilities included all facets of law enforcement work including administration, patrol, communications and training. He led the agency to its initial CALEA accreditation in 2001 and subsequent reaccreditations in 2004. In 2001, he was recruited by CALEA to become an Assessor and subsequently in 2004 became a Team Leader. Mr. Haake has been assigned to over 45 CALEA on-sites and has conducted over 100 mock assessments in the Midwest U.S. and Mexico. Fifteen of the CALEA assessments have been in Mexico.

Mr. Haake worked at three law enforcement agencies in Illinois as Accreditation Manager after retiring. He led the Hinsdale Police Department to three successful CALEA awards and the Fox Valley Park District Police Department to three successful CALEA awards. Mr. Haake also worked part-time at the McHenry County Conservation District’s Law Enforcement Department as a consultant: re-writing their general orders in preparation to someday initiate the CALEA process.

Mr. Haake obtained a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois In Parks and Recreation and subsequently attended DePaul University where he received a Master’s degree in Public Administration. Mr. Haake also attended the Northwestern University’s School of Police, Staff and Command.


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