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.
Construction of the tunnel connecting the jail and existing courthouse and foundation work for the new court tower began this spring and is expected to continue through the remainder of the year. This $110 million project includes a new 8-story tower and a tunnel connecting the jail and existing courthouse. It is expected to take five years to complete and will increase the efficiency of the justice system and support growth of the justice agencies for the next 30 years.
Phase I of this project is currently in the bidding and negotiation phase, during which competitive bids are sought as the basis for awarding a contract. Phase I includes the design and construction of a new multi-story addition, which will include new courtroom/hearing rooms, administrative court support functions, and office spaces for the related justice agencies. Comprehensive construction drawings and specifications for this work have recently been completed, and submitted for permit.
Problem Solving Court
A “Problem Solving Court” has become operational where the proceedings for specialty programs are all assigned to and heard by the same judge, allowing for cases to be streamlined and managed more efficiently. The programs include: Drug Court, Mental Health Court, and Veterans Treatment and Assistance Court, as well the specialized issues of Unfitness to Stand Trial and Restoration to Fitness, civil mental health commitments, and proceedings related to the Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Act and Sexually Dangerous Persons Commitment Act.
Lake County Sheriff's Office Gang Task Force
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office Gang Task Force formed a partnership with local police, federal agencies, Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office, and citizens. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office Gang Task Force will investigate complaints regarding gang crimes that are driven from citizens, officer initiated activities in the community, policing strategies, community outreach programs schools and churches.
Sheriff K-9 Program
This summer, the K-9 program was re-implemented with three new canines that have begun patrolling the streets. The K9’s are designed for drug detection, for offender apprehension, and cadaver recovery. Through their extensive training, the deputies assigned to this program and their canine partners have already made several apprehensions of offenders.