Bensenville Police Officer Jack Barba was recently named the inaugural recipient of Edward-Elmhurst Health’s Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. Officer Barba was recognized in a ceremony at Elmhurst Hospital’s monthly Management Team meeting on Sept. 21.
Shortly after his retirement as Bensenville Fire Chief, Officer Barba joined the Bensenville Police Department as a civilian full-time code enforcement officer, a position he still holds. He then completed the part-time Cook County Police Officer Academy and became a sworn part-time police officer. Officer Barba then personally worked to create the DuPage County Arson Task Force’s Accelerant Detection Canine Unit. He and Zoe, his K-9 partner, regularly respond to fire scenes in DuPage and Cook Counties to aid in investigations. He also performs informative demonstrations with Zoe at schools and other police and fire departments.
The Officer of the Year Award is part of Edward-Elmhurst’s Law Enforcement Recognition Program, which began in 2016 as an initiative to show support for the system’s partners in law enforcement throughout the region, including police departments in Addison, Bensenville, Elmhurst, Hinsdale, Lombard and Oak Park.