Joliet Police Department Releases Equal Employment Opportunity Plan

General consensus is that the population of each law enforcement agency should mirror the racial distribution of the population it serves. This assists in fostering an atmosphere of inclusion; studies have shown that officers might have a higher degree of empathy and cultural understanding with communities that look like them. With this in mind, law enforcement agencies across the country have consistently struggled to foster a more diverse workforce, to varying levels of success.

View the Joliet Police Department’s 2015 equal employment opportunity plan.

ComEd Scheduled Tree Trimming Maintenance in Joliet During February, 2015

ComEd will be performing vegetation management activities on distribution circuits in Joliet during the month of February, 2015.  ComEd’s vegetation management activities are a key component of ComEd’s maintenance program to ensure system electrical reliability, as vegetation contact with ComEd equipment is a leading cause of outages.

ComEd has notified any affected customers and property owners with a statement of the vegetation management activities planned.  The areas affected will include Gougar Road east to Rowell Avenue west and Hillcrest Road north to Spencer Road south.

Qualified line clearance workers contracted by ComEd will be performing the tree pruning work.  Supervisors and General Foremen will be in close contact with the crews, ensuring the work is performed properly.

For more information about vegetation maintenance along power lines and ComEd’s “Right Tree, Right Place” program, please visit http://www.comed.com/customer-service/service-request/trees-powerlines/pages/maintenance.aspx

James D. Hock

City Manager

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 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.cityofjoliet.info  or call 815-724-4000.

Additional Warming Center Added And Available to Help Joliet Residents Deal with Cold Weather

Residents Reminded to Take Precautions to Ensure Their Health and Well-Being

The City of Joliet reminds residents to take precautions to ensure their health, safety and well-being during days of extreme temperatures.

Residents can seek shelter at the following locations:

  • Louis Joliet Shopping Mall-Monday to Saturday 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM, and Sunday: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Daybreak 611 E. Cass-overnight warm shelter will be open
  • Morningstar Mission 350 E. Washington St.-overnight warm shelter will be open
  • Mt. Zion Full Gospel Tabernacle 351 N. Ottawa Street Open 8:00 PM to 7:00 AM

Please remember to check on the elderly, those with medical conditions, and those with special needs during periods of extreme cold weather. 

James D. Hock

City Manager

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 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.cityofjoliet.info or call 815-724-4000.

Warming Centers Available to Help Joliet Residents Deal with Cold Weather

Residents Reminded to Take Precautions to Ensure Their Health and Well-Being

The City of Joliet reminds residents to take precautions to ensure their health, safety and well-being during days of extreme temperatures.  A Wind Chill Warning is currently in effect until noon, Thursday, January 8, 2015.  Whenever temperatures are predicted to be at, or below 15 degrees, the City of Joliet sends out a Sheltering Reminder to its residents.

Residents can seek shelter at the following locations:

  • Louis Joliet Shopping Mall-Monday to Saturday 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM, and Sunday: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Daybreak 611 E. Cass-overnight warm shelter will be open
  • Morningstar Mission 350 E. Washington St.-overnight warm shelter will be open

Please remember to check on the elderly, those with medical conditions, and those with special needs during periods of extreme cold weather. 

During Winter Storms and Extreme Cold:

When At Home:

  • Stay indoors in a heated room as much as possible.
  • Hang blankets over windows at night, but let the sun shine in during the day. Cover cracks around doors with rugs, newspapers, towels or other such material.
  • When using alternative heat from a fireplace, wood stove, space heater, etc., use safeguards and ensure proper ventilation to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • If your water pipes freeze:
  • Shut off water at the main source. This can minimize the damage to your home.
  • Call a plumber and contact your insurance agent.
  • Never try to thaw a frozen pipe with an open flame or torch.
  • Always be careful of the potential for electric shock in and around standing water.

Outside:

  • Avoid overexertion, such as shoveling heavy snow, pushing a car or walking in deep snow. The strain from the cold and the hard labor of snow shoveling could cause a heart attack at any age – a major cause of death in the winter. Don’t ignore chest pain or tightness in your chest.
  • If you become stranded outdoors:
  • Seek shelter to stay dry.
  • Cover all exposed parts of the body.
  • Do not eat snow as it will lower your body temperature. Melt it first.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.

Frostbite is a severe reaction to cold exposure of the skin that can permanently damage fingers, toes, the nose and ear lobes. Symptoms are numbness and a white or pale appearance to the skin. When symptoms are apparent, seek medical help immediately. If medical help is not immediately available, slowly warm the affected areas.

Hypothermia, or low body temperature, is a condition brought on when the body temperature drops to less than 95 degrees F, which can be life-threatening!

Symptoms include:

  • Slow or slurred speech
  • Incoherence
  • Memory loss
  • Disorientation
  • Uncontrollable shivering
  • Drowsiness
  • Repeated stumbling
  • Apparent exhaustion.

If these symptoms are detected, take the person’s temperature. If below 95 degrees F, immediately seek medical attention. If medical help is not available, begin warming the person slowly.  Always warm the body core first. Do NOT warm the arms and legs first – this can force the cold blood toward the heart and can lead to heart failure.  Get the person into dry clothing and wrap them in a warm blanket covering the head and neck.  Do not give the victim alcohol, drugs, coffee or any hot beverage. Warm broth is better.

James D. Hock

City Manager

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 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.cityofjoliet.info or call 815-724-4000.

Joliet Police Remind Motorists to Drive Safe During the Holidays

The Joliet Police Department will participate in a national effort designed to raise awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving during this holiday season. Special enforcement efforts will include high visibility enforcement patrols, roadside safety checkpoints, and seatbelt enforcement zones.

“The Joliet Police Department urges everyone to celebrate the holidays in a safe, responsible manner,” states Joliet Police Chief Brian Benton.  He reminds all motorists to “never drink and drive, remember to buckle your seatbelt, slow down and avoid distractions, and put down the cell phone.”

This enforcement is possible through a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation. Police will be deployed from December 19, 2014 through January 4, 2015 at various locations throughout the city. Assigned officers will enforce all applicable laws with an emphasis on impaired driving violations and seat belt violations.

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 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.cityofjoliet.info or call 815-724-4000.

Internal Revenue Service Telephone Scam

The City of Joliet Police Department would like to warn residents of a telephone scam affecting our area. Citizens have reported receiving phone calls from individuals claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and demanding immediate payment for taxes owed.

The IRS reports that many targets of this scam are recent immigrants and threats of arrest, deportation or revocation of driver’s licenses are used to intimidate the victims into paying over the phone.

Citizens should know that the IRS will always send written notification through the mail of any taxes that are due and will never ask for a credit card, debit card or any prepaid cards over the telephone.

If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, here’s what you should do:

  • If you know you owe taxes or you think you might owe taxes, call the IRS at 800-829-1040. The IRS employees can help you with a payment issue, if there really is such an issue.
  • If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes, you are asked to call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 800-366-4484.

More information can be found on the IRS website at the following link:

http://www.irs.gov/uac/Newsroom/IRS-Reiterates-Warning-of-Pervasive-Telephone-Scam

James D. Hock

City Manager

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 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.cityofjoliet.info or call 815-724-4000. 

New Joliet Police Deputy Chiefs Named

Joliet City Manager James D. Hock announces the appointment of four new Joliet Deputy Police Chiefs.

In conjunction with the recent strategic plan adopted by the Mayor and City Council, a detailed Needs Assessment of the Police Department was conducted earlier this year.  The object was to improve organizational efficiency and promote an elevated level of decision-making authority along with the realignment of internal divisions/units to more effectively address the needs of the department and the community.

According to Police Chief Brian Benton, “The individuals selected have proven themselves to be exemplary officers and effective police leaders.  They bring a strong work ethic along with a passion and commitment to public safety in the City of Joliet.”

Sixteen initial resumes were received and, after a lengthy process including interrogatory reviews, internal peer committee reviews, and an oral interview, the following four selections were made:

Alan Roechner

Deputy Police Chief of Investigations

Edgar Gregory

Deputy Police Chief of Operations

Tab Jensen

Deputy Police Chief of Administration

Brian Dupuis

Deputy Police Chief of Technical Services

Deputy Chief Alan Roechner has been a member of the Joliet Police Department for the past 23 years. He has served in various ranks to include patrol officer, Sergeant, lieutenant, and most recently as Commander of Operations.

He is a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command and the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police.  He is the recipient of numerous awards and recognition to include two Life Saving awards.


Deputy Chief Edgar Gregory has been a member of the Joliet Police Department for the past 24 years.  He has held a variety of positions within the Department to include patrol officer, Sergeant, and most recently as Watch Commander of the day shift.

A recipient of numerous awards and recognition including a Life Saving award, Deputy Chief Gregory has attended Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command and the Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police.

Deputy Chief Gregory served in the United States Marine Corps as well as the Illinois Army National Guard.


Deputy Chief Tab Jensen has been a member of the Joliet Police Department for the past 23 years having served in various positions within the Department to include patrol officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, and most recently as Captain of Operations.

A graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command, Deputy Chief Jensen is the recipient of numerous awards and recognition to include the Award of Heroism.


Deputy Chief Brian Dupuis has been a member of the Joliet Police Department for the past 24 years.  He has held a variety of positions within the Department to include patrol officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, and most recently as acting Commander in the Investigation Division.

A recipient of numerous awards and recognition; most notably a Life Saving award, Deputy Chief Dupuis has attended Northwestern University’s Police Staff and Command.


For more information about the Joliet Police Department, visit www.jolietpolice.org.

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 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.cityofjoliet.info or call 815.724.4000.

City of Joliet Changes Halloween Trick or Treating Hours

Due to the fact that Daylight Savings Time has been pushed back one week, the designated “Trick or Treating” hours in the City of Joliet for Friday, October 31, 2014, 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. According to the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), candles were to blame for more than $300 million in property damage between 2009 and 2011.  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.

James D. Hock
City Manager

Joliet Cracks Down on Impaired Drivers

The Joliet Police Department, in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), announced they will be conducting special patrols during the month of September to crack down on impaired drivers.

“We are reminding everyone that if you drink and drive in Joliet, you lose,” said Joliet Police Chief Brian Benton.  “If you plan on drinking alcohol, designate a sober driver to get home safe and alive.  Be responsible or risk a DUI.”

Starting August 1 and running through September 30, the Joliet Police Department will conduct increased roadside safety checkpoints and saturation enforcement patrols to catch and arrest anyone caught driving while impaired. These checkpoints and saturation patrols will be throughout the city.

Officers working these details will also be strictly enforcing DUI laws, seatbelt violations, child restraint violations, driver’s license violations, cell phone violations, and insurance violations.

The law enforcement crackdown is funded by an IDOT Mini-Labor Day Enforcement Grant and an IDOT eLAP Enforcement Grant.


 

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 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.cityofjoliet.info or call 815.724.4000.

Multiple Family Housing Crime Data Comparison

The City of Joliet Police Department recently completed a statistical analysis of reported violent crime data for the years 2000 through 2013 for multiple, densely populated housing complexes in the city. The study included the following sites:

  • Larkin Village (Lois Place)
  • Fairview Complex
  • Evergreen Terrace
  • Desplaines Complex
  • Bellarmine Complex

The study showed that violent crime fluctuated at each complex to varying degrees over the time span reviewed. Chief Brian Benton noted that “city-wide violent crime per capita has gradually decreased since 2000”. He stated, “We continue to concentrate our resources on targeted crime hot spots throughout the city and prioritize the quality of life for all of our residents equally.”

Only Uniform Crime Reported (UCR) data for Homicide, Criminal Sexual Assault, Aggravated Battery, Robbery and Aggravated Assault was included in the study which is available online at the Joliet Police Department website at www.jolietpolice.org.

James D. Hock
City Manager

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 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.cityofjoliet.info or call 815-724-4000. 

Multi Family Housing Crime Data Comparison