Office of Professional Standards

It is the policy of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office to receive and investigate all complaints involving allegations of misconduct or unsatisfactory performance by members of the Sheriff's Office. The Office of Professional Standards conducts criminal or administrative investigations relative to respective allegations in a professional, objective and expeditious manner for prompt corrective action and to ensure continued public trust in the Sheriff's Office.

The investigations also serve to protect members of the Sheriff's Office from unwarranted allegations pursuant to the performance of official duties.

In 2018, Sheriff John Idleburg expanded the Office of Professional Standards.  This was done to ensure we are holding ourselves accountable.  Sheriff Idleburg believes it is an absolute must that we are accountable to the community.  

Deputy Misconduct


Complaints alleging misconduct against a sworn deputy sheriff must be accompanied by a notarized Affidavit, by a notary of the State of Illinois, in accordance with the Illinois Uniform Peace Officer’s Disciplinary Act, Chapter 50 ILCS 725/3.8.

Complaints alleging misconduct against civilian employees of the Sheriff's Office may mandate a notarized Affidavit, depending on the particulars of the misconduct, but is not required by state law.

You may contact the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Office of Professional Standards by email, phone, or by mail. Please direct mail to the following address:


Lake County Sheriff’s Office

Office of Professional Standards
Attn: Deputy Chief James Elliot
25 S Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue
Waukegan, IL 60085

OPS Deputy Chief James Elliot
email: jelliot@lakecountyil.gov
phone: 847-377-4236

OPS Sergeant Michael Bennett
email: mbennett@lakecountyil.gov
phone: 847-377-4011