By Dan Campana
Sgt. Keith Kaiser, a 14-year-veteran of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, became the latest officer from Illinois to be selected for the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s annual “40 Under 40” list.
Kaiser, who currently serves as director of training, is among a select group of law enforcement professionals from across the United States and around the world who exemplify excellence in their work, according to IACP Deputy Executive Director Terrence Cunningham.
“Each one of these individuals was chosen for their commitment to their agencies, their communities and strengthening the law enforcement profession. It is truly an honor to recognize these men and women for their service and the many accomplishments they have achieved so early in their professional careers,” Cunningham stated when the list was formally announced earlier this month.
The award winners will be celebrated next month at the IACP conference in Orlando, Florida.
Kaiser joined the sheriff’s office in 2014. He has risen through the ranks from patrol deputy to handle a variety of roles, including evidence technician and detective. Two years ago, he was promoted to his current rank, and has served as a patrol and detective sergeant in that time.
In addition to his role overseeing training for nearly 600 sworn and civilian personnel, Kaiser has played a key role in the office’s crisis intervention team training and managing a $250,000 grant for a mental health program, officials said.
Kaiser – a recent graduate of the Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command – is also credited with assisting in numerous initiatives over the years, including the body-worn camera program; authoring and reviewing policies relating to agency accreditation; and developing several new ordinances which have been adopted by the Lake County Board, according to the sheriff’s office.
“To be named as an International Association of Chiefs of Police ‘40 Under 40’ awardee is a tremendous accomplishment for both Keith and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office,” Sheriff Mark Curran said. “Keith’s demonstration of his leadership abilities made him a terrific candidate to be selected from a pool of international candidates. I am very proud of Keith’s accomplishments, leadership and dedication to the people of Lake County.”
Kaiser’s award makes it two consecutive years of Illinois officers receiving recognition from the IACP. Last year, Gurnee Police Sgt. Jeremy Gaughan and Illinois State Police Special Agent Jamie Brunnworth were named to the list.