On Halloween, and Every Day, Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving

Each year, thousands of young trick-or-treaters flock to the streets on Halloween night, while thousands of others head to local bars and restaurants. Please be responsible and don’t put yourself or another at risk by choosing to drink and drive. To help spread the message that Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is teaming up with The Joliet Police Department to remind everyone of the dangers of drunk driving. Halloween poses a potentially dangerous threat to all pedestrians, as more people are out at night on the hunt for candy. If your night involves alcohol, plan for a sober ride home. Remember: It’s never safe to drink and get behind the wheel of a vehicle.

“If you know you’re going to go out and party on Halloween night, make sure you have a sober driver designated to get you home safely,” said Interim Chief Al Roechner. “Even one drink can impair judgement. You should never put yourself, or others, at risk because you made the selfish choice to drink and drive. For most, even one drink can be one too many. Remember: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.”

From October 12th through October 31st, the Joliet Police will be conducting several speeding enforcement details, alcohol saturation patrols, seat belt saturation patrols, seat belt enforcement zones, and road-side safety checks throughout the city. Officers working these details will be focusing on alcohol, seat, belt, and speeding violations in addition to other violations of the Illinois Vehicle Code.

“It is our hope that our community members are able to safely and responsibly enjoy the Halloween holiday,” said Interim Chief Al Roechner. “In today’s world, there are many options available to drivers to help them get home safely if they have been drinking. We expect drivers to refrain from driving after drinking entirely. It is the law,” he said.

Joliet Police Department Receives Highest Award From Law Enforcement Accrediting Body at Grand Rapids Hearing

On Saturday, July 28, 2018, the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) held hearings in Grand Rapids, Mi. to review assessment reports of over 120 different law enforcement agencies from across the nation.

For the past several months, a team of CALEA Assessors conducted both off-site file reviews and on-site observations and interviews to assist the panel in their assessment of the police department. Their findings were compiled into a final report that was submitted to the full commission for review.

Less than seven percent of all law enforcement agencies in the United States, Canada, and Mexico are accredited through CALEA. Of the seven percent accredited, only approximately four percent of those have received the highest distinction possible, the Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation, under a Gold Standard Assessment with the “Accreditation with Excellence” Award. Chief Brian Benton testified during the hearings where it was announced that the commission was awarding the Joliet Police Department with this prestigious honor for a second consecutive time. “I had little doubt that we would be reaccredited based on the professionalism of our department, and as reinforced by our assessors during our on-site, but receiving the “Accreditation with Excellence Award” for back-to-back assessments was truly a welcome affirmation of the high quality of our department”- Chief Brian Benton.

CALEA originally developed a program to enhance law enforcement as a profession and to improve law enforcement service delivery. Since 1979 that mission continues through a tiered law enforcement accreditation program. Agencies may volunteer to participate in either CALEA Law Enforcement Accreditation (Tier 1) or CALEA Advanced Law Enforcement Accreditation (Tier 2). These programs provide a process to systematically conduct an internal review and assessment of the agencies’ policies and procedures, and make adjustments wherever necessary to meet a body of internationally accepted benchmark standards.

• CALEA Accreditation requires an agency to develop a comprehensive, well thought out, uniform set of written directives. This is one of the most successful methods for reaching administrative and operational goals, while also providing direction to personnel.
• CALEA Accreditation standards provide the necessary reports and analyses a CEO needs to make fact-based, informed management decisions.
• CALEA Accreditation requires a preparedness program be put in place—so an agency is ready to address natural or man-made unusual occurrences.
• CALEA Accreditation is a means for developing or improving upon an agency’s relationship with the community.
• CALEA Accreditation strengthens an agency’s accountability, both within the agency and the community, through a continuum of standards that clearly define authority, performance, and responsibilities.
• Being CALEA Accredited can limit an agency’s liability and risk exposure because it demonstrates that internationally recognized standards for law enforcement have been met, as verified by a team of independent outside CALEA-trained assessors.
• CALEA Accreditation facilitates an agency’s pursuit of professional excellence.

Joliet has been accredited since 2003. While the process is ongoing and requires regular documentation of compliance with the benchmark standards, the on-site assessments take place every three years.

Ongoing Investigation – July 16, 2018

The Joliet Police department has been conducting an investigation into events surrounding a traffic stop that occurred late Friday night on Joliet’s near east side. The investigation is in the early stages and the public’s cooperation is appreciated.

“We will be reviewing the dash-cam videos, audio-recordings, police reports, and any other relevant information to determine if the officers acted in accordance with department policy and within the scope of the law” – Chief Brian Benton.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact the Joliet Police Department Internal Affairs Unit at (815) 724-3203.

Joliet Police Begins July Fourth Crackdown on Drunk Drivers and Seat Belt Law Violators

The Joliet Police Department announced its plans for July Fourth traffic enforcement with a focus on drunk and unbuckled drivers. The crackdown will run from June 25th through July 28th, an all-too-often deadly time on Illinois roads.

“We encourage local residents to celebrate Independence Day safely,” said Chief Brian Benton. “If you’re going to drink, don’t drive. Too many people die behind the wheel each year because of those who choose to drive impaired by alcohol or other drugs. Our officers will be out in full force, showing zero tolerance for impaired drivers.”

The Joliet Police Department will join the Illinois State Police and more than 150 local police and sheriff’s departments for the increased statewide enforcement effort.

“This Fourth of July, designate a sober driver and don’t let friends or family members drive drunk,” said Chief Brian Benton. Other important tips include:

  • Give your designated driver your keys before you go out.
  • If you are drunk or impaired by marijuana or other drugs, call a taxi, take mass transit, use your favorite ride-sharing service, or call a sober friend or family member to get you home safely.
  • Promptly report drunk drivers to law enforcement by pulling over and dialing 911.
  • Make sure everyone in your vehicle wears their seat belt. It is your best defense against an impaired driver.

The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket campaign is funded by federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation. The crackdown runs concurrently with a media campaign reminding motorists that impaired driving has “Life or Death” consequences.


The City of Joliet is the third largest city in the state of Illinois, located just 45 miles southwest of Chicago’s Loop.  Home to over 147,000 residents, in addition to thriving businesses and attractions, the City of Joliet is easily accessible by rail, auto and bus transit. A perfect place to live, work and play, Joliet is constantly striving to promote growth and diversity.  For more information on Joliet visit www.jolietcity.info or call 815.724.4000.

Joliet Police to Conduct Seatbelt Safety Zones, Roadside Safety Checkpoint, and Roving Saturation Patrols During Memorial Day Holiday from May 11 through May 29, 2018

Joliet Police Chief Brian Benton announced today that the Joliet Police Department, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Transportation, will participate in a statewide effort to increase seatbelt usage and reduce the number of impaired drivers over the Memorial Day holiday.

From May 11 through May 29, special enforcement efforts will include saturation patrols, seatbelt enforcement zones and a roadside safety checkpoint throughout the city. Officers assigned to these details will be checking for occupant and child restraint violations, cell phone usage violations, and other violations of the Illinois Vehicle Code.

According to Chief Benton, “Our primary goal will be to increase compliance with existing traffic laws to ensure safer roadways throughout the City of Joliet.”

Drivers and passengers are encouraged to always wear a seatbelt, never use an electronic communication device while driving, and not drink and drive.

These campaigns are possible through traffic safety enforcement grants from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Now Hiring for Public Safety Dispatcher I

We’re looking for someone who wants to help others.

Public Safety Dispatchers perform a critical role in the delivery of emergency police, fire and medical services in Joliet by responding to 9-1-1 calls and dispatching the appropriate police and fire response.

The starting salary is $38,766 with Benefits. Applicants will be subject to several exams and a complete background check. New hires must successfully pass a one-year training/probationary period. Applicants must have the ability to work in a multi-task Emergency Dispatch environment. Hours are rotating shift work and dependent upon the needs of the organization. Must reside within the City of Joliet within eighteen (18) months from the date of hire.

Applications are available on the City’s website: www.cityofjoliet.info or at the Human Resources Division, 150 W. Jefferson St., Joliet, IL 60432. Application deadline is 05/28/2018 at 4:30 p.m., or until filled.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION EMPLOYER

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The Joliet Police Department is Conducting Distracting Driving Enforcement from April 16th through April 30th, 2018

In support of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the Joliet Police Department is conducting enforcement from April 16th through 30th. This campaign will focus on enforcement of applicable State distracted driving laws in addition to other traffic laws.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 3,477 people were killed and an estimated 391,000 injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers in 2015. That is a 9-percent increase in fatalities as compared to the previous year.
  • 10 percent of fatal crashes, 15 percent of injury crashes, and 14 percent of all police reported motor vehicle crashes in 2015 were reported as distraction affected crashes.
  • Texting while driving has become an especially problematic trend among millennials. Young drivers, 16 to 24 years old, have been observed using handheld electronic devices while driving at higher rates than older drivers since 2007.

It’s time to drop the double standard on distracted driving – the dangers are real.  According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety:

  • In analyzing 2009-2012 data, that even while more than 8 in 10 drivers believed it completely unacceptable for a motorist to text or e-mail behind the wheel, more than a third of those same respondents admitted to reading text messages while driving.
  • Just as disturbing, even as fatalities go up, fewer drivers seem concerned about texting while driving. According to Foundation’s 2015 Traffic Safety Culture Index, significantly fewer motorists (77%) believed texting while driving is a problem, down from 96 percent in 2013, a 19-point drop in just two years.
  • Texting while driving is more than just personally risky. When you text and drive, you become a danger to everyone around you.

This enforcement effort is made possible by federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries resulting from distracted driving.


The City of Joliet is the fourth largest city in the state of Illinois, located just 45 miles southwest of Chicago’s Loop.  Home to over 152,000 residents, in addition to thriving businesses and attractions, the City of Joliet is easily accessible by rail, auto and bus transit. A perfect place to live, work and play, Joliet is constantly striving to promote growth and diversity.  For more information on Joliet visit www.visitjoliet.org or call 815.724.4000.

Accreditation Assessment Team Invites Public Comments

Joliet Police Chief Brian Benton announced today that a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) will arrive on April 8, 2018 to examine all aspects of the Department’s policies, procedures, management, operations, and support services.  Chief Benton noted that verification by the team that the Joliet Police Department meets the Commission’s state-of-the-art standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation – a highly prized recognition of law enforcement professional excellence.  The Joliet Police Department attained its original accreditation in 2003.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on Monday, April 9, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.  The session will be held in the Council Chambers in City Hall, 150 West Jefferson Street, Joliet, Illinois.

If for some reason an individual cannot speak at the public information session but would like to provide comments to the assessment team, he/she may do so by telephone.  The public may call 815/724-3215 on Monday, April 9, 2018 between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Telephone comments, as well as appearances at the public information session, are limited to ten minutes and must address the Police Department’s ability to comply with CALEA’s standards.  A copy of the standards is available at the Joliet Police Department, 150 West Washington Street, Joliet, Illinois.  Local contact is Officer Franklin Coleman, the Department’s Accreditation Manager, at 815/724-3221.

Anyone wishing to submit written comments about the Joliet Police Department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may send them directly to the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement, Inc., 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia 20155

The Joliet Police Department must comply with 484 standards in order to gain reaccredited status.  Chief Benton said, “Maintaining CALEA accreditation results in greater accountability within our agency, improved efficiency overall and helps to reduce our agency’s risk and liability exposure.”

According to Deputy Chief Tab Jensen, the assessment team is composed of law enforcement practitioners from similar, out-of-state agencies.  The assessors will review written materials, interview individuals, and visit offices and other places where compliance can be witnessed.  The CALEA assessors are:  City Manager Robert Schommer, Huber Heights, Ohio; and Director Charis Paulson, Iowa Department of Public Safety, Des Moines, Iowa. Once the assessors complete their review of the agency, they will report back to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency will be granted reaccredited status at its July 25-28, 2018 Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Accreditation is for three years during which time the agency must submit annual reports attesting continued compliance with those standards under which it was initially accredited.  The Joliet Police Department first became accredited in 2003 and reaccredited in 2006, 2009, 2012 and 2015.

For more information regarding the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., please write the Commission at 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Virginia 20155 or Call 703/352-4225 or visit www.calea.org.


The City of Joliet is the third largest city in the state of Illinois, located just 45 miles southwest of Chicago’s Loop.  Home to over 149,000 residents, in addition to thriving businesses and attractions, the City of Joliet is easily accessible by rail, auto and bus transit. A perfect place to live, work and play, Joliet is constantly striving to promote growth and diversity.  For more information on Joliet visit www.visitjoliet.org or call 815.724.4000.

The Joliet Police Department Urges Public to Make a Game Plan for Super Bowl Sunday: Are You Drinking or Driving?

The Joliet Police Department announced today it will conduct special patrols during Super Bowl weekend to keep impaired drivers off the roads and encourage more people to wear their seatbelts. The messages are familiar and simple: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket.

“We need your help to keep alcohol and drug-impaired drivers off our roads,” said Joliet Police Chief Brian Benton. “All it takes is a game plan. Before you go to the party, decide if you’re drinking or driving – never do both. We will also be checking for compliance with seatbelt laws – so remember to buckle up.”

The Joliet Police Department’s Super Bowl enforcement effort is made possible by federal highway safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

 


The City of Joliet is the third largest city in the state of Illinois, located just 45 miles southwest of Chicago’s Loop.  Home to over 149,000 residents, in addition to thriving businesses and attractions, the City of Joliet is easily accessible by rail, auto and bus transit. A perfect place to live, work and play, Joliet is constantly striving to promote growth and diversity.  For more information on Joliet visit www.visitjoliet.org or call 815.724.4000.

Winter Weather Advisory and Snow Accumulation Expected for the City of Joliet Friday, December 29, 2017

The City of Joliet is under a Winter Weather Advisory and is expecting over 3 inches of snow this afternoon (12/29/17) and evening. The snowfall should end at approximately midnight tonight. Snow plow trucks will be working through the night and Saturday morning to clear all streets in the City.

Please be aware that the No Street Parking ordinance will be in effect for Friday night and Saturday morning. It is anticipated that plowing should be complete by noon on Saturday, December 30, 2017.

Snow Parking Ban: All vehicles must be moved off of public streets until the City of Joliet’s snow plow trucks have had a chance to plow the snow on the street. Once the snow plow trucks have cleared the street by your home or business, you may move your vehicle back to the street. Some older neighborhoods in Joliet do not have adequate off-street parking options. In those areas residents are encouraged to seek permission from neighbors who have off-street parking spaces and other parking options such as commercial or church parking lots that will allow streets to be clear of vehicles for all snow clearing efforts to be effective. The Joliet Police Department will have the option of issuing a parking ticket to the owner of a vehicle left on a City Street during a snow event as well as having the option of having the vehicle towed, or both. All towing and storage costs will be the responsibility of the vehicle owner.

Street plowing operations are performed in the following order:

  1. Major Arterials, hospital routes, hills, and the bridges
  2. Subdivision mains and collector streets
  3. All remaining subdivision streets
  4. Cul-de-sacs and dead ends
  5. The City does NOT plow alleys

When plowing is required, snow “berms” are created across driveways. The plow operators do not have control over the wind-row of snow coming off the edge of the blade. The Roadways Division tries to keep this problem to a minimum. The residents of Joliet need to be patient and recognize that during the winter months there will be some inconvenience.

David A. Hales
City Manager


The City of Joliet is the third largest city in the state of Illinois, located just 45 miles southwest of Chicago’s Loop. Home to over 149,000 residents, in addition to thriving businesses and attractions, the City of Joliet is easily accessible by rail, auto and bus transit. A perfect place to live, work and play, Joliet is constantly striving to promote growth and diversity. For more information on Joliet visit www.cityofjoliet.info or call 815-724-4000. The City of Joliet’s Media Releases are always available on our website.