John Proffitt was appointed as a police officer with the Fairview Heights Police Department in August 1988.

Proffitt served as a member of patrol 1988 until 1996 when he became a member of the Community Oriented Pedal-cycle Patrol (COPP). In 1999, he was assigned to the Juvenile section of the Investigations Unit as a DARE officer and Elderly Service Officer. As an ESO, he investigated crimes against the elderly while serving as a member of the M-Team which addressed elderly issues/crimes in the region. He coordinated the Police And Children Together (PACT) Camp which was an outreach program matching officers with At-Risk youth; the Police Youth Academy and the Senior Citizen Academy.

In 2002, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant and served in the Investigation Division as Detective Sergeant until 2003. In 2003, he was assigned to the Patrol Division where he served as a Patrol Sergeant until his promotion to lieutenant in 2008. After being promoted to Lieutenant, Proffitt served as the Patrol Division Commander in 2009 – 2010, 2013-2015; as The Administrative Lieutenant responsible for the Support and Criminal Investigations Unit from 2011-2012 and 2016-2017- he was responsible for the operations of the Investigations Unit and the Civilian Support Staff of the department. Proffitt was most recently sworn in as Captain in December of 2018.

Proffitt is a 1980 graduate of the University of Rhode Island; a graduate of the 262nd Session of the FBI National Academy and a graduate of the Administrative Officer’s Course of the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville where he was recognized as a Dean’s Scholar. Proffitt served active duty in the US Army from 1984-1987 as Military Police with the 101st Airborne Division.

Proffitt is a member of the Southern Illinois Police Chiefs’ Association. He is actively involved in the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run that benefits Special Olympics Illinois and its athletes.