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Police and Security Officers

Rich SoderquistRichard Soderquist
Chief of police
815 802-8173




Eric Springer

Eric Springer
Deputy police chief
Riverfront campus atrium office
815 802-8195




Officer Tobe Fulford IIITobe E Fulford III, a lifelong resident of Kankakee, is a 2001 graduate of KCC's law enforcement program. Fulford has been employed with the Kankakee County Sheriff's Police Department for over 13 years. He is a member on the (ILEAS) Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System Agency.

Fulford is a Kankakee YMCA board member. In 2009 he received an award for outstanding and dedicated service to YMCA youth. 

Fulford is married to April and has a son, Jarred, who is a sophomore at Bishop McNamara high school. He also has a daughter, Sydney, who attends Kankakee Junior High School.

Officer Ken McCabeKen McCabe has been a police officer since 1985 serving Manteno, Grant Park, and Kankakee. He has served as patrolman, juvenile officer, DARE instructor, administrative Sergeant to the Chief of Police, chief investigator, assistant shift commander and interim chief of police. McCabe partnered with Kankakee County to form a Police Explorer Program and assisted in the formation of the police liaison program at Kankakee High School and Kankakee Junior High School. 

McCabe has worked in the Kankakee County Sherriff's Office since 1996 and is presently chief deputy.

McCabe has taught the Driver Improvement Program at KCC since 1996 and team taught two semesters of Computer Crime Investigations.

Officer John Short Sr.John Short Sr. started his law enforcement career in 1993 with the Kankakee City Police Department. In 2006 Short took a position with the City of Momence Police Department and retired in 2014.

In both departments his specialties were city ordinance laws, community policing and problem solving. He also started two citizen police academies.  

Prior to his police career, Short worked at Kankakee School District 111 with student behavioral disorders. Short is married to Karen R Short. He has four grown sons. He is the First Elder of the New Heights Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Officer Vern TurnerVern Turner has 25 years experience serving as a Cook County sheriff deputy and a Chicago police officer. Turner has worked in Cook County jail and taught the D.A.R.E. program to kids 5th thru 8th in the inner city of Chicago. As a Chicago police officer he worked various units such as Gangs, Tac, and  Presidential Inaugural Detail. 

Turner was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at Culver-Stockton College. He was  the head boys basketball coach at Providence St. Mels High School. He volunteers coaching youth football in Chicago and Pony League baseball in Kankakee. Officer Turner loves officiating basketball on all levels; he is an IHSA Certified Clinician. His hobbies are chess and Ping-Pong,  He most enjoys being with his two sons, Ladarius and Tyler and his two-year-old granddaughter Natalya.

Officer Jeff StublerJeff Stubler has over 24 years of law enforcement experience.

Stubler is married to Teri. 

He enjoys deer hunting and golfing and has a 170-lb English Mastiff.