Momence Police Department
123 W. River St.
Momence. IL 60954
Phone: 815.472.2021
Fax: 815.472.6152

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The Momence Police Department is currently accepting applications for the position of part-time police officer.

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Message from the Chief

Chief CavenderThe Momence Police Department would like to welcome you to our website. It is our goal to provide the citizens that we serve with professional police services and to ensure the safety and security of our community. We will work hard to earn your trust and hope that you will partner with us in making the City of Momence a great place to live, work and raise a family. Our department prides itself on maintaining a professional partnership with State, County, and local police departments, as well as the Momence Fire Protection District in our quest to offer you the very best in public safety.

As your new Chief of Police, I am incredibly honored to have been entrusted with the responsibility of leading the Momence Police Department in a new direction. My staff and I plan to be very visible and active within the community. After nearly 30 years as a police officer, I am truly humbled at the opportunity to be back in Momence, a community that is full of promise and in search of great things. I look forward to becoming reacquainted with the residents of Momence, and I assure you, my staff and I will, in all cases, provide you with exceptional service. My door is always open, and I welcome your input on how we can better serve you. Thank you for taking the time to visit our website. You can also follow us on our City of Momence Police Department Facebook page.

Very truly yours,

Jeffery T. Cavender
Chief of Police


The Momence Police Department would like to warn our residents that over the past two nights (November 16th & 17th) we have experienced an alarming number of burglaries from motor vehicles in the City of Momence. These burglaries have occurred in all areas of the city during the late evening and overnight hours.

In all of the reported cases the suspect(s) entered into unlocked garages and/or unlocked vehicles. Some of the victims reported that their vehicles were locked, however none of the vehicles showed any signs of forced entry.

The Momence Police Department strongly encourages all of our residents to lock your vehicles at all times and please do not leave any valuables in your vehicle while it is unattended. Simply locking your vehicle and removing all of your valuables will greatly reduce your chance of being victimized.

We have increased our patrols in these areas and we are asking for the public’s help in reporting any suspicious activity and/or persons anywhere in the City of Momence. If you see and/or hear something suspicious you are encouraged to call 911 immediately.

Community News

Featured Officer of the Week

The Momence Police Department would like you to get to know the police officers who serve and protect our community 24/7. Over the course of the next several weeks, each Friday, we will be featuring one of our police officers as the "Featured Officer of the Week." This officer will be featured on the City of Momence Police Department's Facebook page, as well as this police department website.

It is our intention to share with you the skills, expertise and extensive training that our officers possess, as well as the level of advanced education many of them have achieved to better serve our community.

We are confident that you will find a staff of dedicated, professional, well-trained and well educated police officers who stand ready to serve you with honor, pride and professionalism. Our doors are always open to the public and we welcome you to stop by the police department to meet our officers, or to just say hello.

We are grateful for the tremendous amount of support and encouragement that we have received from many members of our community; we will continue to work very hard to expand upon and improve our efforts in all areas of public safety to better serve you.

Officer Benjamin J. Garcia - October 30, 2015

Officer Benjamin J. Garcia

Officer Benjamin J. Garcia joined the Momence Police Department as a part-time officer in October of 2014. In July of 2015 Officer Garcia was appointed to a full-time position with the Momence Police Department. On August 11, 2015 he graduated from the North-East Multi Regional Training Academy as a certified part-time police officer; he will complete his full-time certification in February of 2016.

Officer Garcia is a 2009 graduate of Kankakee High School and 2013 graduate of Kankakee Community College where he has earned his Associate's Degree in General Studies. Additionally, he has completed over 140 hours of course work at Olivet Nazarene University.

Officer Garcia is a 2014 graduate of the State of Illinois County Correctional Officer Academy and is a Certified County Correctional Officer. Prior to joining the Momence Police Department he served with the Kankakee County Sheriff's Department as a Corrections Officer.

Officer Garcia has received advanced training in Search & Seizure, Rapid Medical Response and Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement. Most notably, Officer Garcia is a former member of the Illinois Army National Guard where he earned the rank of E-4 Specialist. During his service with the Illinois Army National Guard he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon.

Officer Garcia, while early in his career, has established himself as a well-respected member of our team. He consistently displays a positive upbeat attitude and has an excellent reputation for treating others with respect, compassion and concern; all of which are attributes that will serve him well throughout his law enforcement career.