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DECATUR — Frank Hubbard, who served 27 years with the Decatur Police Department, has been named chief of the Decatur Park Police, the park district said in a news release Tuesday. 

Hubbard has assumed the role from Ed Culp, who stepped down to take a full-time role at the Macon County Law Enforcement Training Center. The park district said Hubbard's first day as park police chief was Monday.

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In this 2015 file photo, former park police Chief Ed Culp tells the Decatur Park District board his concerns about drone use in local parks. Culp has accepted a position with the Macon County Law Enforcement Training Center. 

During his time with Decatur police, Hubbard served as a detective, a state-certified lead homicide investigator, the master firearms instructor, emergency response team sniper, entry team member and trainer and an instructor for defensive tactics and scenario-based training. 

He earned his law enforcement officer certification from Lake Land College and earned a master firearms instructor certification from the University of Illinois, the park district said. 

Hubbard joined park police in 2017, starting as a part-time officer. He was promoted to sergeant in May 2018, the district said. 

Note: This article has been updated to clarify Frank Hubbard's prior role as a lead homicide detective.

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