Spring is fast approaching and so is the severe weather! Along with the police and fire department, we in the Communications Center are anticipating the stormy months ahead. In 2012, the National Weather Service recorded 39 tornado sightings and 14 actual tornadoes for the state of Illinois. April 27, 2011 was marked the deadliest tornado day in the United States since the 1925. With that being said, we would like to provide you with a few tips to help keep you safe and informed when that stormy weather does indeed hit our area.
First, the tornado sirens are tested monthly; the first Tuesday of every month at 10am. If you hear the sirens at any other time it is safe to assume it’s the real thing! The Communications Center only activates the sirens under severe weather circumstances; this includes tornado sightings and touchdowns that are called in by trained weather spotters or Joliet City Personnel. It is the City of Joliet’s policy that we do not activate the sirens when citizens call and say that “they think they see a funnel cloud or tornado.” What does happen when the communications center receives a funnel cloud sighting from a citizen that is not a trained weather spotter is that it is investigated by Joliet Police and Fire Department personnel on duty that day. An on duty police officer will be sent to the called in area to investigate if it is indeed a funnel cloud that was spotted. We take everyone’s complaints seriously!...
Our annual Santa's Cops event takes place on Saturday, December 8th at 7:30 am at the West Joliet Walmart located at 1401 Route 59. Every year, the Joliet Police Department collects donations to buy Christmas gifts for underprivileged children in the area. Officers take children on a shopping spree. We are really looking forward to this year's event!
Trick or treat hours in the City of Joliet are 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm this evening.
Every year, members of the Joliet Police Department shop with underprivileged children to provide them with Christmas gifts. We are able to provide these children with gifts because of fundraising efforts done throughout the year. We are now selling pins, crayons, and t-shirts to help raise funds for this program.
Pins and crayons are $3 each or 2/$5. Mix and match is okay.
We also have JPD memorial t-shirts for $20 each. Shirts come in large, extra large, 2XL, and 3XL. (Sorry, small and medium are sold out.)
To purchase these items, visit our front desk or call Officer Frank Coleman at (815) 724-3221.
Police officers from the Joliet Police Department will once again be staking out the rooftops of Dunkin' Donuts across Joliet to heighten awareness and raise donations for the Law Enforcement Torch Run benefiting Special Olympics Illinois. This year's Cops on the Rooftop event will take place on Friday, June 1, from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m. at four locations in the area. The Joliet Police Department will be at:
- 3011 Plainfield Road
- 400 South Chicago Street
- 20 South Larkin Avenue
- 2959 West Jefferson Street
Come out and show your support!
This afternoon, representatives from the Wilco Area Career Center received a squad car donated by the Joliet Police Department. The new vehicle will allow Wilco’s 220 criminal justice students to practice situational law enforcement topics such as traffic stops and emergency driving. The Wilco Area Career Center is the result of a cooperative agreement among the high schools of Bolingbrook, Lemont, Plainfield Central, Plainfield North, Plainfield South, Plainfield East, Reed-Custer, Romeoville, and Wilmington. By joining together in a centralized facility, the participating schools offer students a variety of quality career and technical education programs in a cost effective manner.
See photos and more on our Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/jolietpolice
Stacey Lynn Stofko asked: “I would like to know about warming/cooling shelters – where are they?”
The warming and cooling shelters are located at Westfield Mall (3340 Mall Loop Drive), Morningstar Mission (350 East Washington Street), Daybreak Shelter (611 East Cass Street) and the Joliet Public Library in the downtown area (150 North Ottawa Street). A press release is sent out by the City’s Emergency Management Agency when the shelters are open. This information will also be posted on our Facebook page, Twitter and Nixle feeds, and on our website.
“Is there a Citizens’ Police Academy or a CERT program?”
Yes, there is a Citizen Police Academy. The 2012 classes will begin on February 6th. Information about the Citizen Police Academy is available on our website. We will also have more information about it in an upcoming Facebook update.
Lindsey Susner Ryan asked: “I’d like to know why I see police officers texting & driving when it’s against the law. One should set a good example.”
There is an exemption in the law for emergency responders allowing them to text while driving. You can read more about this law on the Illinois General Assembly’...