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THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE

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LATEST NEWS & HIGHLIGHTS

Sheriff Announces Results of DUI Enforcement Campaign

On April 27, 2015 Lake County Sheriff Mark C. Curran Jr. announced the results the Roadside Safety Check held on Saturday, April 25. The safety check was conducted from 11pm -3am in Beach Park at the intersection of Lewis Avenue and Beach Road.

A total of 45 citations were written including 3 DUI Arrests, 4 felony weapon charges including the recovery of a defaced firearm, 2 felony drug charges, 4 Driving While License Revoked citations and 4 child restraint citations. Two of the arrests for DUI had passengers in the vehicle who were under the age of 12.

“A Roadside Safety Check is an effective tool for generating voluntary compliance by the motoring public” said Sheriff Curran. “The potential to come across these checks encourages motorists to arrange designated drivers, keep their consumption of alcohol within the allowable limits or not drive a motor vehicle after drinking. It also encourages drivers and passengers to use their seat belt.”

Across the country, an average of one alcohol-related traffic death occurs every 45 minutes. Alcohol and drug impairment are significant factors in over 40 percent of all fatal motor vehicle crashes in Illinois.

“Each year in Illinois hundreds of lives are lost in alcohol-related crashes. Do not risk losing your license, your car, your freedom or your life by driving impaired. If you choose to drive impaired, law enforcement will arrest you” said Sheriff Curran.

The Sheriff’s Office will continue extra enforcement in May with a roadside safety check scheduled for May 1, 2015 from 11pm-3am at an undisclosed location in unincorporated Lake County. Extra Deputies will be on the streets looking for impaired drivers the following weekend as well.  

Deputies working the Roadside Safety Check will be looking for impaired drivers, drivers operating vehicles in an unsafe manner, driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license, uninsured vehicles, seat belt violations and other violations of the Illinois Vehicle Code.

The Roadside Safety check is funded through a grant from the United States Department of Transportation, National Highway Administration. The grant is administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety. 

Lake County Sheriff's Office Steps Up DUI Enforcement

CLICK IT OR TICKET.jpgOn April 16, 2015 Lake County Sheriff Mark C. Curran, Jr. announced upcoming DUI Enforcement details and a Roadside Safety Check in coming week.

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office will conduct a Roadside Safety Check and additional patrols in an effort to reduce alcohol related offenses from April 17 through April 25 according to Sheriff Mark C. Curran, Jr.

 

The Roadside Safety Check is scheduled for April 25, 2015 during the hours of 11:00pm-3:00am at the intersection of Lewis Av and Beach Rd in Beach Park. “The Roadside Safety Check is an effective tool for generating voluntary compliance by the motoring public” says Sheriff Curran.

 

Sheriff Curran also reminds Lake County citizens that each year in Illinois hundreds of lives are lost in alcohol related crashes. “Do not risk losing your license, your car, your freedom or your life by driving under the influence of alcohol. If you drive impaired, law enforcement will arrest you” says Sheriff Curran.

 

Deputies working these details will be looking for drivers operating vehicles in an unsafe manner, driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license, seat belt violations as well as other violations of the Illinois Vehicle Code.


The Roadside Safety Check and the additional patrols are funded through a grant from the United States Department of Transportation, National Highway Administration. The grant is administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety.


Waukegan Exchange Club Honors Command Officer and Deputy of the Year

On April 14, 2015 the Waukegan Exchange Club held their annual presentations for Command Officer of the Year and Deputy of the Year.  Sergeants John Hall, Robert Kenyon and Tom Struck were nominated for Command Officer of the Year.  Detective Chris Covelli, Deputy Adam Domerchie, Court Security Officer Jon Triplett, and Deputy James Yanecek were nominated for Deputy of the Year.  The Waukegan Exchange Club awarded Sergeant John Hall Command Officer of the Year and Deputy Jon Triplett Deputy of the Year.

Sergeant John Hall received the Command Officer of the Year for his dedication to utilizing technology to enhance inmate programming and streamline processes as well as his steadfast support of fellow officers requiring IT assistance. 

Hall is a 24-year veteran of the Lake County Sheriff’s Adult Correctional Facility. In late 2013, the national GED program transitioned from paper test to computerization. The challenges facing inmates were two-fold; inmates preparing to take the exam must have the computer skills necessary to take the test, and early test-takers were required to be completely finished by December 31, 2013 before test scores expired. Sgt. Hall implemented a plan for a smooth transition to the new GED testing and created the jail’s first computer lab. 

Sgt. Hall assisted in Jail Booking to complete the digital display of housing and booking information, retiring the manual 28-year old magnetic board. He was also instrumental in the implementation of a digital officer log used throughout the facility, replacing paper books and enabling efficient access to officer activities. Lastly, Sgt. Hall filmed, edited and produced training videos for new officers.

2015 Exchange Club.jpegDeputy Jon Triplett is an 8-year veteran of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Court Security Unit. Triplett serves as a member of the Tactical Response Team (TRT), a TRT sniper and is a lead trainer for the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. Triplett is a founding member of the Court Emergency Response Team (CERT) initiated by Sheriff Curran, resulting in increased court safety and security.

Deputy Triplett represents the Sheriff’s Office with pride and distinction. He strives to “raise the bar” and puts forth his best effort in each endeavor. In addition to his assigned responsibilities, Deputy Triplett works off-duty training members of the judiciary on defensive measures to enhance personal safety.

Deputy Triplett received the Waukegan Exchange Club’s Deputy of the Year award for his rapid response to a court house visitor who fell to the ground and was unresponsive. Triplett quickly called for a rescue unit and simultaneously grabbed the nearest portable AED. Deputy Triplett then joined his partner Deputy Sabourin, who was performing CPR, and attached the AED. The AED indicated no electrical activity whatsoever, and the computerized voice from the device advised to continue CPR. Both Triplett and Sabourin continued with CPR for more than 6 minutes, until the gentleman opened his eyes and began to moan. 

Sheriff Mark C. Curran, Jr. stated, “I am proud of the 2015 Exchange Club nominees and recipients. Their dedication to law enforcement and protecting the public over self-interest is truly admirable. Congratulations to Command Officer of the Year Sgt. John Hall and Deputy of the Year Court Security Officer Jon Triplett for their accomplishments and achievements.”

PHOTO: Left to right; Sgt. Robert Kenyon, Sgt. Tom Struck, Deputy James Yanacek, CSO Jon Triplett, Det. Chris Covelli, Deputy Adam Domerchie and in front Sgt. John Hall.

Lake County Sheriff's Office Recognizes National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week 

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office understands the safety of the public, law enforcement and first responders rests in large part on a group of highly skilled and dedicated professionals who answer the many 911 calls received at the Lake County 911 Communications Center.

Telecommunicators  Week Resolution.jpgLake County Sheriff’s telecommunicators respond to the majority of Lake County’s 911 calls. In fact, the 27 dedicated professionals at the Lake County Sheriff’s 911 Communications Center receive over 200,000 calls per year. Dispatch services are provided to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Lake County Sheriff's Marine Unit, Lake County Forest Preserve District, Lake County MEG, Lake County Major Crimes Task Force, Lake County Emergency Management Agency, Lake County Department of Transportation and the Lake County Animal Control Department.

All telecommunicators undergo an intensive training regimen in the use of state-of-the-art CAD, mapping and communication technologies. Continuing education is provided to keep pace with changes in technology. The introduction of GEOLINKS and enhanced 911 telephone system provide mapping tools with the ability to pinpoint cell phone locations (depending on the cellular provider), enhancing the ability to track both victims and offenders.

In early 2015, the renovation of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Emergency 911 Communications Center was completed. The eight-week construction project encompassed every information, communication and building system within the dispatch center.  The redesigned Watson Dispatch Workstations are ergonomically designed to allow telecommunicators the option to sit or stand while working. Radio and telephone touch-screens use adjustable mounts created to extend and swivel within reach of every tele-communicator. Adjustable monitor mounts allow eight computer screens to be mounted in front of each position - granting quick access to critical information needed for 911 dispatch duties. Smart lights will soon be installed at each workstation alerting co-workers when a tele-communicator needs assistance or is occupied.  An elevated media wall was also installed with large screen monitors, providing access to the Lake County Passage Traffic Cameras, Building Security Cameras, and the Weather Channel. The completed project was designed to update a nearly 15 year-old system and layout.

Sheriff Mark C. Curran, Jr. stated, "Quietly, behind the scenes, telecommunications personnel are the first response to a call for help and the link between the public and first responders. I would like to take this opportunity to personally congratulate, thank and recognize each of you individually for your sacrifices and contributions to the residents of Lake County and the Lake County Sheriff's Office."

The Lake County Board passed a resolution at the April 14, 2015 meeting proclaiming the week of April 12, 2015 as National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week.

Sheriff's Office Announces Winners of K-9 Naming Contest

the kids.jpgOn Thursday, April 2, 2015, the Lake County Sheriff's Office held a press conference to acknowledging the Lake County middle school students who submitted winning names for the Rookie K-9 Naming Contest held last month. The K-9 handlers escorted their Rookie K9s during the press conference along with TOPS Kennel owner and K9 trainer Alex Rothacker.  

The press conference was held at 10:00 a.m. in the Jury Assembly Room of the Lake County Courthouse located at 18 North County Street in Waukegan. 

The following K-9 names were selected and below each K-9 name is the student's name and respective school. 

DUKE

Kaddarius Carr from Beach Park Middle School

Justin Diggs and Jimmy Klem from Millburn Middle School

Andrew Frels from St. Joseph's Middle School (unable to attend)Dogs and Handlers2.jpg

Matthew Gauza from Caruso Middle School

David Lokietko from Big Hollow Middle School

DIESEL

Samuel Fischer from Fischer Christian Academy

Emma Uren from Uren Academy

DAX

Anna Sicco from St. Joseph Middle School

Deputies Dwight Arrowood and Craig Somerville, K-9 handlers, were introduced with assigned K-9s Duke and Diesel. Sgt. James McKinney represented K-9 handler Deputy John Forlenza with K-9 Dax.

The Lake County Sheriff's Office extends its gratitude to the participating students and schools. Over 670 names were submitted from 31 middle schools and home school programs throughout Lake County.

The purchase and training of the three K-9s was made possible by a generous grant from the D.A.S. Charitable Fund.

Sheriff Curran Announces ISA Scholarships for Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute on Substance Abuse

Sheriff Curran announced the Illinois Sheriff’s Association is awarding scholarships to cover the cost for the Annual Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute on Substance Abuse. The CGTI is a five-day youth leadership conference sponsored by the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association (IADDA). The CGTI is being held Sunday, July 19 through Thursday, July 23, 2015 at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois.

cebrin goodman teen institue.jpgThe week-long youth leadership training is geared for middle and high school students who want to learn leadership skills, meet other youth from around the state and become empowered to create change in their schools and communities. The Institute helps students take an active role in preventing alcohol and drug use among their peers. Institute participants take a “no use” pledge and learn how to promote healthy lifestyles in their school. CGTI teaches the value of tolerance, and students practice how to handle themselves in situations where bullying and violence may arise.

The ISA is awarding 60 scholarships statewide. Scholarships are filled quickly. For scholarship consideration applications must be submitted to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office; 25 S Martin Luther King Jr Avenue in Waukegan, IL by May 29, 2015 (must be postmarked by this date.) As a participant the following will be furnished: tuition, lodging, t-shirt, workshop materials, recreation and meals. Transportation is not included.



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