Senior Command Staff

Chief Paul Winfrey

Chief Paul Winfrey has over 27 years of law enforcement experience. He began his career with the Sycamore Police Department (IL) and joined the Park Forest Police Department in 1998. He has been served in the Patrol Division, Investigations Division, Administration Division, as a Field Training Officer and Canine Officer, as a member of the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force, and as the Crisis Negotiations Team Leader for the South Suburban Emergency Response Team.  He is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command and holds Bachelor’s and Associate Degrees from Governor’s State University and Prairie State College, respectively. Chief Winfrey has maintained a career-long devotion to juvenile matters, becoming a Juvenile Officer in 1998 and working as a Liaison Officer for School Districts 163 and 227, including almost ten years as the Police Liaison Coordinator for Rich East High School. He continues his commitment to our youth by serving on the Cook County Children’s Advocacy Advisory Board, remaining active in the schools, and serving on the School District 163 Safety Committee.

 Deputy Chief Brian Rzyski

Deputy Chief Brian Rzyski joined the Park Forest Police Department in 2000. Throughout his career he has served in the Patrol Division, Investigations Division, as a member of the Special Operations Group, as a Field Training Officer, and as an investigator with the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force. He is also a certified Taser Instructor. Deputy Chief Rzyski is completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He is also a Director of the South Suburban Major Accident Reconstruction Team Executive Board. Deputy Chief Rzyski currently serves as Deputy Chief of Field Operations, with prior experience as Deputy Chief of Support Services.

Deputy Chief John DeCeault

Deputy Chief John DeCeault is a 15-year veteran of the Park Forest Police Department and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Calumet College of Saint Joseph and a Bachelor’s Degree from Purdue University where he was also a member of the varsity wrestling team. He has served as a field training officer, tactical officer and detective.  He was assigned to the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force, is a defensive tactics instructor, and was most recently was a Commander in the Patrol Division.  John recently graduated from the 281st Session of the FBI National Academy.