Provide Public Safety
Enhance the safety of residents through an integrated criminal justice system, including law enforcement and other programs that reduce crime, recidivism, family violence and substance abuse.
In June, the Board approved a contract for the work required to relocate the ComEd transmission lines that currently run across the proposed Court Expansion Site. This work will start in August and is projected to be complete by early October. It is anticipated that a Guaranteed Maximum Price for the Court Expansion project will be submitted to the Lake County Board for approval early in 2015.
Training Programs and Job Placement to Reduce Recidivism and Homelessness
Workforce Development provides a full range of services to provide assistance to ex-offenders with job search programs, including onsite computers, preparedness labs, case management, skills assessments, and more. The Illinois Department of Employment Security and College of Lake County ex-offender services are currently restructuring staffing and community service programs.
CALEA Accreditation: In summer 2014, the Sheriff’s Office received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). Benefits of this accreditation include assurances that the Lake County Sheriff’s Office is trained and functioning in line with established policies and procedures.
Sheriff IDOC Inspection: The Sheriff’s Office passed the IDOC annual inspection that was conducted on July 2nd and the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) accreditation was renewed on July 11th.
Courts/Jail/Health Dept./Probation Partnership to Promote Mental Health
The Courts, Jail, Health Department and Probation established a pilot program to coordinate expedited visits to a psychiatrist for individuals being discharged from the jail who are taking psychiatric medications. The Courts and Probation Dept. identify the individuals and schedule them to see a psychiatrist. Currently, five hours per week is reserved for these Court and Probation Dept. scheduled appointments. In another step to improve mental health of probationers, probation officers are being trained to discuss continuing care with recently released probationers. The Courts, Jail, Health Department and Probation are leading the way by becoming only the second program in the State to begin enrollment of uninsured individuals into health insurance through the Affordable Care Act while the individuals are still in the jail.
Naloxone Program (Opioid Overdose Reversal)
The Lake County Opiate Task Force continues to address the issue of Opioid deaths. The sub-group of the Task Force worked to create a mechanism to train law enforcement agencies to administer Naloxone - a drug that is used to reverse an opioid overdose and save lives in the field. The first two train-the-trainer sessions took place this summer and the goal is to make the program available to the first group in the fall.