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Rock Island police chief announces retirement

Richard Landi.
City of Rock Island
Richard Landi.

Rock Island Police Chief Richard Landi will retire next week.

The city announced Thursday that Landi will retire next Friday, April 26.

He's worked at the Rock Island Police Department for over thirty years.

Landi was appointed chief of police two years ago, after serving as interim chief for five months. Before that, he served as deputy chief of police, lieutenant and sergeant for the department.

He held leadership positions in the department's emergency response team, and its field operations and technical services divisions. He also served as a firearms and use of force instructor, and as an agent in the office of professional standards.

Landi says less people are going into law enforcement now than when he started.

"When I started, it was a difficult time for law enforcement, back in the 90s, but there was so many people that were competing to be in law enforcement, it was a sought after job."

"I think what's unusual now, looking at it, is how we don't have the interest in the next generation that really want to work this kind of a job," he said. "We don't see the numbers that I used to, when I tested, there was, you know, 400 people that showed up for the agility test, now we're lucky if we get 10, 15."

During his time as chief, Landi added a crime victim specialist to the department's victim support department and collaborated with the Davenport Police Department to bring a Group Violence Intervention program to Rock Island.

He says the Rock Island police force became like a second family to him.

"When this has been part of your life for so long, it's like another family, in fact, I probably spend more time, it seems like, here than I do with my family," he said.

"It's something that, it's not always an easy decision, but you know, once you make it, you feel comfortable with it and I feel like I'm ready for my next chapter."

In retirement, Landi says he plans to spend more time with his wife.

Rachel graduated from Michigan State University's J-School and has a background in broadcast and environmental journalism. Before WVIK, she worked for WKAR Public Media, Great Lakes Now, and more. In her free time, she likes to cook, hike, and hang out with her cat.

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