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.

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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.

Help Stop Package Theft

Package theft is a crime of opportunity. Some passers-by, seeing an unattended box from Amazon, CDW, or Staples.com, just can’t resist the lure of easy loot. Other thefts happen when organized theft rings follow delivery trucks around town, scooping up the boxes just as quickly as the delivery person can put them down.

Use these tips to prevent package theft:

Require a signature. Most couriers provide the option of requiring a signature for delivery. If you select this option and nobody is home to accept the delivery, the delivery person will generally leave a note indicating how you can pick up your package. It might delay getting your goods, but at least you’ll get them!

Track your deliveries. Most couriers have a tool on their website (or on their app) that allows you to predict with some accuracy when the package will be delivered. Consider arranging to be at home when you’re expecting a particularly valuable piece of merchandise.

Sign up for delivery notifications. Some couriers and merchants are able to send you a text alert the moment your package is delivered. These notifications make it very easy to get your package before a thief does.

Pick it up quickly. The longer a box sits on your front porch, the greater the likelihood that thieves will swipe it. Bring packages inside as soon as possible to deny them the chance to run off with your stuff.

Get your neighbors involved. If you don’t already know your neighbors, now’s the time to do so. Exchange phone numbers and offer to pick up their packages for them, and see if they’re willing to do the same for you.

Consider an alternate address. If receiving deliveries at work is an option, consider going that route so you know someone will be around to sign for them.

Install a camera (even a fake one). Modern, high-definition security systems are remarkably inexpensive, not to mention do-it-yourself friendly. Even a fake camera with a flashing light is better than nothing.

These measures are especially important for merchandise that you need immediately and won’t have time to replace if stolen.

The good news is if a courier leaves a package on your porch without a signature, the courier is generally responsible for replacing it. Every online retailer also has a claims process for packages ordered and paid for but not received. If all else fails, your credit card company would likely eat the charge for a package that was never delivered to you.

Joliet Police Conduct Roadside Safety Checkpoints and Seatbelt Safety Zones During the Thanksgiving Holiday November 17-27, 2017

The Joliet Police Department, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Transportation, will participate in a statewide effort to increase seatbelt usage and crack down on drunk driving. Special enforcement efforts will include several seatbelt safety zones at various locations throughout the city, a roadside safety checkpoint, and citywide saturation enforcement.

The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest travel times of the year, and more vehicles on the roadways means potential for more crashes and more fatalities.

Joliet Police Chief Brian Benton reminds drivers not to drink and drive. “So many tragedies could be avoided by simply wearing seatbelts, having a designated driver, or just calling for a ride.”

Officers assigned to these details will be checking for occupant and child restraint violations, DUI violations, as well as other violations of the Illinois Vehicle Code.

This enforcement campaign is possible through a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation and will help to deter drunk driving and increase the usage of seatbelt and child restraints during and after the Thanksgiving holiday.


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 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.

On Halloween, and Every Day, Impaired Driving is Scary Joliet Police Department is Cracking Down on Drunk Drivers

This Halloween the Joliet Police Department is cracking down on impaired drivers with an aggressive Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement effort and is giving a fair warning to holiday revelers: Keep the Party off the Road.

“On Halloween, we urge you to beware of impaired driving,” said Joliet Police Chief Brian Benton. “Driving impaired by alcohol or drugs is deadly. It is illegal and will get you pulled over and arrested this Halloween.”

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates, more than 300 people were killed in alcohol-impaired motor vehicle crashes in each of the last three years in Illinois. In 2014, 302 people lost their lives in crashes involving at least one driver with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or above. In 2015, that number rose slightly to 315 and remained the same in 2016. Just one DUI arrest could cost an estimated $18,000 or more and result in revoked driving privileges for up to a year.

The Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign urges everyone to follow these simple tips to help keep our roads safe during Halloween:

• Plan a safe way to get home before you attend a party.
• Designate a sober driver, take public transportation, use your favorite ride-sharing service, or call a sober friend or family member to get home.
• Walking while impaired can be just as dangerous as driving impaired. Designate a sober friend to walk you home.
• If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact local law enforcement as soon as it is safe to do so.
• If you see an impaired person about to drive, take their keys and help them get home safely.

The Halloween enforcement effort is made possible by federal traffic safety funds administered by the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Halloween Trick or Treating Hours

The designated “Trick or Treating” hours in the City of Joliet for Tuesday, October 31, 2017, will be 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

As you plan for a safe and happy Halloween, please keep in mind these safety tips:

  • Houses wanting to be visited by “Trick or Treaters” should leave porch lights on.
  • Parents should accompany all young children while “Trick or Treating”.
  • “Trick or Treaters” should only visit houses and apartments of people they know.
  • Children should take their treats home for parents to inspect before eating.
  • Children should be reminded to walk, not run, between houses and use sidewalks when available.
  • Remind children to practice caution when crossing the street and cross only at intersections when traffic is clear.
  • Motorists should be careful and alert during and around these hours.
  • Parents need to purchase, or make costumes, that are light and bright enough to be clearly visible to motorists.

To avoid a truly scary Halloween – think a house fire – avoid illuminating your carved pumpkins with real flames. Halloween poses a special risk because people tend to place jack-o-lanterns by their front door or in windows, where they can easily come in contact with flammable materials or get knocked over. For a similar look minus the danger, use battery-operated lights, like LED votives.

Following these safety tips will ensure that we all have a safe and happy Halloween.