As Sauk Valley Community College students received their degrees Friday night, they heard, firsthand, what the future can hold for them as the 2013 Outstanding Alumni Award was presented to Darin DeHaan of Oregon.
DeHann, a 1993 criminal justice graduate, currently serves as the Chief of Police in Oregon, Illinois. After graduating from SVCC, DeHaan continued his education at Western Illinois University, earning a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement and justice administration in 1996. He then joined the City of Oregon as a patrol officer and climbed the ranks as a detective, corporal, sergeant, lieutenant and now chief of police. During this time Darin enrolled at Northwestern University to complete his master’s degree in public administration. With the Oregon Police Department, DeHaan established the first K-9 unit and wrote grants that brought in over $100,000 for the department.
DeHaan gives large credit to Sauk for where he is today stating, “With my education from Sauk, I was able to quickly and successfully climb through the ranks in law enforcement. This institution not only cares about the current learning environment for its students, but also focuses on preparing them for the future as well.”
When his job is not keeping him busy, he is involved in numerous organizations as a member of the Illinois Chief’s Association, the International Chiefs of Police Association, the Oregon Rotary, the Ogle County Domestic Violence Coalition and is the founder of the Ogle County Methamphetamine Awareness Coalition. He also coaches youth basketball and football and is an adjunct faculty member for SVCC’s criminal justice program.
The Outstanding Alumni Award recognizes those who have gone on to make a positive and lasting impact on their community or career field. Nominees must have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours or completed a certificate or degree at Sauk to be eligible. For more information about the Sauk Valley College Foundation or the Award, contact Amy Viering at 815-835-6329, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.