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ISP Special Agent, Gurnee police sergeant receive International Chiefs award

Agent Jamie Brunnworth and Gurnee Sgt. Jeremy Gaughan named to IACP’s ‘40 Under 40’ list.

By Dan Campana

The International Association of Chiefs of Police named two Illinois police officers to the organization’s “40 Under 40” list which recognizes those who exemplify leadership and commitment to the profession.

Illinois State Police Special Agent Jamie Brunnworth and Gurnee Police Sgt. Jeremy Gaughan are among the group of 40 police officers from across the United States, Canada and the world – including the United Arab Emirates, Slovenia and Belgium – to be selected for the honor.

“The dedicated law enforcement professionals selected for the 2017 IACP ‘40 Under 40’ award are current and up-and-coming leaders,” the organization said of its honorees.

Brunnworth is an 11-year ISP veteran based in the Downstate Collinsville area near St. Louis. She joined the state police in 2006 working patrol in District 18 before being promoted to special agent in 2009 and assigned to investigations. Brunnworth, 33, has been the primary agent on 36 homicide cases, while assisting on nearly 140 others.

ISP officials said Brunnworth’s leadership and work ethic earned her numerous commendations over the years. Brunnworth expanded her roles to include serving as a hostage/crisis negotiator, deputy commander of the Child Death Investigative Task Force and supervisor with the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis. She also works as a death investigation instructor at the academy. Her work on high-profile investigations led her to be nominated for the Illinois State Police Officer of the Year award in 2012.

Brunnworth, in a statement, said she was “honored” by the award. She described herself as being extremely passionate about helping children who have become victims of violent crimes, adding that working to reach a successful conclusion for those children motivates her.

“My career with the Illinois State Police has allowed me to become involved in something much larger than just one individual,” Brunnworth said in an IACP profile. “I feel grateful to have been given the opportunity to help others when they need it the most.”

Gaughan’s career trajectory got a jumpstart in 2004 when he – along with three colleagues – received a National Association of Police Organizations Top Cop Award for his role in a 2003 shootout in Gurnee. Only 23 at the time, Gaughan ended the threat posed by a gunman who opened fire on police in the far northern suburb.

Since then, Gaughan has excelled in his police work and with community engagement. IACP highlighted his undercover narcotics work that led to a then-record $780,000 asset seizure from a drug dealer; his primary role in an investigation that led to the arrest of three career criminals who stole $300,000 in merchandise; and his launch of the department’s first Explorer’s program as a way to develop future leaders.

Gaughan’s résumé also includes reaching the current rank of Sergeant Major in the U.S. Army Reserves and being honored with one of the inaugural Four Pillar Awards given out by Gurnee Police Chief Keith Woodside in 2014.

“I want an officer or soldier who is a subordinate to me to do so well that they pass me up and I work for them, or at the very least, become a great supervisor themselves,” 38-year-old Gaughan told IACP’s Police Chief Magazine. “I think that is the true sign of a successful leader.”