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