Chief Joseph Ford was sworn in on May 8, 2013.  He came to the City of Countryside from the Burbank Police Department where he served for over 30 years.  During his tenure at Burbank, Chief Ford attained the rank of Division Chief where he oversaw operations of the patrol and investigation divisions.  Over the span of his career, Chief Ford wore many hats including DARE Officer, Gang Specialist, Evidence Technician, Detective, Public Information Officer, and Juvenile Officer.

Chief Ford is a graduate of St. Laurence High School, and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Administration of Justice from Southern Illinois University in 1982.  Chief Ford attended the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Academy in 1983 after being hired by the newly formed Burbank Police Department.  In 1996 Chief Ford returned to school earning a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Chicago State University.  Chief Ford is also a graduate of Northwestern University Traffic Institute’s School of Police Staff and Command and the FBI National Academy Session 242 in Quantico, Virginia.  Chief Ford teaches current and future Law Enforcement Officers as an Adjunct Professor at Moraine Valley Community College.   Chief Ford is a member of the International Chiefs of Police, South Suburban Chiefs of Police, FBI National Academy Association, and the Moraine Valley Community College Criminal Justice Advisory Board.

As a strong proponent of community policing, Chief Ford will continue to support the strong partnerships that the Countryside Police Department has already developed with the citizens, businesses, nonprofits, and other governmental agencies in our community. Chief Ford believes in the use of technology to improve department efficiency and to assist officers in their everyday duties.