The Illinois Sheriff’s Association is announcing that it will be awarding several college scholarships throughout the State of Illinois to students wishing to pursue higher education for the 2016-2017 school year. Students must be enrolled full-time at a certified institution of higher learning within the State of Illinois to apply.
Will County Sheriff Mike Kelley will be awarding a $1,000 scholarship to qualifying college students of Will County. There are no restrictions on any applicant regarding race, age, creed, color, sex, or national origin. The only limitations are: applicants must be permanent IL residents; scholarship must be utilized at colleges within IL; and applicants must be enrolled full time.
Applications for Will County residents are now available at the Will County Sheriff’s Office, located in the Will County Courthouse, 14 W. Jefferson Street, downtown Joliet. If you prefer, you can find the application on-line at www.ilsheriff.org or www.willcosheriff.org.
Applications must be postmarked by March 15, 2016.
Return applications to:
Will County Sheriff’s Office, Attn: Carol Stein, 14 W. Jefferson St., Joliet, IL 60432
The Will County Sheriff’s Office is hosting a water drive for residents of Flint, Michigan in lieu of the recent declaration of a federal state of emergency regarding hardships and suffering they are experiencing with undrinkable, unusable, lead filled polluted water. Media agencies across the country have reported that the residents have been at risk for lead poisoning since April of 2014 and that it will take millions of dollars to correct the issue.
Lieutenant Dorris Jordan of the Will County Sheriff’s Office is spearheading this drive and is asking for the public’s help in assisting Flint, Michigan resident’s dire need for monetary donations or donations of bottled water. If you are interested in participating, cash or bottled water donations are being accepted at the following Sheriff’s Office locations:
Will County Courthouse, Sheriff's Office Civil Process Division, 14 W. Jefferson St., Joliet
Will County Sheriff's Office 16909 W. Laraway Road, Joliet
Will County Adult Detention Facility, 95 S. Chicago St., Joliet
Deadline is Saturday, January 30th at 10am. If you have any questions please call Lt. Jordan at 815.727.8895.
The Will County Sheriff’s Office is joining forces with area municipal police departments from New Lenox, Frankfort, Mokena and Manhattan to host this year’s Citizen Police Academy. This program is free to the public. It is an informational program designed to inform citizens how the police and criminal justice system works. The academy is presented in a manner that is enjoyable for everyone who attends. Some highlights include: traffic stops, crime scene processing, K-9 demonstrations, and tours of the Will County Coroner’s Office and the Will County Adult Detention Facility.
Dates: March 3rd thru May 19 – Thursday Evenings
Times: 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Location: New Lenox Police Department
200 Veterans Parkway, New Lenox, IL
Interested citizens MUST sign up before attending! Must be at least 18 years old to attend.
Please go to www.willcosheriff.org and fill out an application or contact one of the following:
Will County Sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Formenti at 815.727.5296
New Lenox Officer Aurena Davis at 815.462.6100
Frankfort Officer Leanne Bender at 815.469.9435
Manhattan Officer Ron McCluskey at 815.478.4408
Mokena Officer Dennis Boardman at 708.479.3912
Will County Sheriff Mike Kelley, Undersheriff Robert Contro, and SOG Team Leader, Sgt. Nathaniel Freeman attended a check presentation at Firehouse Subs, 1522 IL Route 59 in Joliet on Friday, January 8, 2016. Owner and Operators William, Christine, Kayla, and Will Vanderbilt presented a $200 check to the Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Group (SOG) after they sponsored a fundraiser at their store back on October 25th. Firehouse Subs provides area public safety agencies with extra funding in order to purchase needed items not covered in agency budgets. 15% of all orders taken on that day went to benefit the Sheriff’s Office. Proceeds from this event will go to purchase educational materials to be distributed at Will County Sheriff’s Office community events.
Thank you to the Vanderbilt Family and Firehouse Subs for their community outreach and support! -end-
It has come to the attention of the Will County Sheriff’s Office that area residents are receiving phone calls from a private firm who represents the Deputies Union FOP #738. The Sheriff’s Office would like to make it clear to residents that the Sheriff’s Office does not solicit funds over the phone or solicit in any other manner. Currently, the Will County Sheriff’s Office is solely funded through grants and with tax dollars set in a budget by the Will County Board. No funds collected by the Deputies Union go back to the Sheriff’s Office to pay for their programs or operating expenses.
According to the Deputies Union, funds that are collected thru solicitations go to various area charities. For more information on the Deputies Union #738 please visit www.wcspunion.com.
Will County Sheriff's deputies responded to a Mills Road residence in Joliet Township around 10:20pm on Christmas Eve. Upon arrival deputies spoke with the residents who stated that while they were away from the home visiting family, person/s unknown kicked open the back door and burglarized the home. The residents, a 7 year old girl and her parents, were devastated and informed deputies that the offenders had unwrapped all of the presents under the Christmas tree and stole them, which included clothing for their daughter. Also stolen in the burglary was an Xbox gaming system, a 32"TV, a laptop and several pieces of gold jewelry that were already in the home.
While deputies were processing the scene, Deputy Michael Kane spoke with the 7 year old who was very distraught by the theft of the Christmas gifts. Deputy Kane, along with Deputy Brett Farmer and Deputy Mark Tapella, then decided that they had to do something for this little girl. They contacted other on-duty deputies to inform them of what had happened to this family and their Christmas gifts. The word quickly spread and a collection was started with two deputies assigned to 'special detail' to organize the affair. On-duty deputies stepped up for the cause to cover calls for service within the county. Less than two hours later $600 was collected from 16 deputies and they were ready to save this families Christmas.
Being after 11pm and Christmas Eve, no local merchandise stores were open so a decision was made to go to Walgreens on Rt. 30 in New Lenox. Deputies arrived at the store and purchased toys, merchandise, and gift cards for the family. During their shopping trip they spoke with a Walgreens employee who provided 'employee discounts' for the entire purchase. Deputies also encountered three random citizens shopping in the store who asked about the police presence. When they heard the story each gladly chipped in $20.
When all the gifts were bought, deputies headed to the Sheriff's Office where the gifts were quickly wrapped. Around 1am deputies returned to the Mills Road home and delivered the gifts to a smiling and thankful family. When asked about the events of the evening, Deputy Kane stated, "I think seeing the little girl's reaction reminded us of why we chose this career...to help people."