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The Will County Sheriff's Office is announcing the results from the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over holiday crackdown on drunk drivers.  During the holiday season, reducing the deadly dangers from drunk drivers was a top priority as Will County Sheriff's deputies were out in force to arrest those who put themselves and others on the road at risk.

From December 19th thru January 4, 2015, the Will County Sheriff's Office made five DUI arrests and wrote ten seat belt citations.  "Drunk driving is deadly and people can get too wrapped up in the excitement of the holidays and make some seriously bad decisions," said Sgt. Vincent Gambino.  "The bottom line is if you have been drinking alcohol, you do not belong behind the wheel of a car."

The recent law enforcement crackdown was funded by federal traffic safety funds through the Illinois Department of Transportation and is part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket campaigns.  -end-


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The Will County Sheriff's Office announced today that Investigator Jeffrey Tolbert and Sgt. James Holuj will represent the Sheriff's Office at the funeral services of New York's fallen officer Wenjian Liu.  Liu was slain on December 20th while sitting in his squad car with fellow officer Rafael Ramos.   Tolbert and Holuj are both 14 year veterans of the Sheriff's Office and members of the Sheriff's Honor Guard.  The deputies will be attending courtesy of JetBlue Airways who extended free airline tickets to law enforcement officers throughout the country to attend the services. They will depart Chicago, O'Hare Airport, on Saturday, January 3, 2014 for the services and will return on Monday.

Tolbert and Holuj stated, "It is a priviledge to be given this opportunity to show our respect and support the families of our fallen brothers."

Travel expenses incurred to the two deputies will be paid for by Sheriff Mike Kelley, the deputies FOP union, and the supervisors MAP union.    -end-


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Will County Sheriff Mike Kelley announced today that he has completed the promotions of command staff that will assist him during his term as Sheriff.  The following promotions took place since Sheriff Kelley was sworn in on December 1, 2014.

Undersheriff, Robert Contro

Deputy Chief of Enforcement Division, Thomas Budde

Deputy Chief of Support Services, Jerry Nudera

Deputy Chief of Special Operations and Investigations, Richard Ackerson

Adult Detention Facility Command Staff

Chief Deputy Warden - Bradley Josephson 

Deputy Chief of ADF Operations, Stuart Taylor

Deputy Chief of ADF Support Services, Dale Santerelli

Sheriff Kelley stated, "I want to thank all of the outgoing administrators for their many years of dedication and service to our department.  As I look to the future I am committed to new challenges and for the opportunity to increase efficiency within the Sheriff's Office.  Together with my new command staff, I am confident that our years of experience, knowledge, professionalism, and dedication, will be met with the main focus on quality of life, safety, and security for all residents of Will County."

"While running for this office my campaign platform focused on three main objectives; the need to move the Sheriffs' Foreclosure Sales in-house, which could potentially provide the Sheriff's Office with substantial revenue; the need to construct a secure evidence storage facility; and looking into alternative working shifts for deputies.  These projects are large undertakings and will take time but I hope to have them completed during my term as Sheriff."

"On behalf of our new command staff, deputies, correctional staff, lay staff, and I, we will strive to be the finest law enforcement organization, bringing back the professionalism and confidence to the Sheriff's Office that all Will County citizens deserve."

**For more information please visit our website:  www.willcosheriff.org

***Photos and Bio's of Sheriff Kelley and his Command Staff can be found by clicking "Admin" on the left side of our home page.   -end-


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From December 19 through January 4th of the New Year, the Will County Sheriff's Office will be out in force as part of the annual Illinois "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" crackdown on drunk drivers.  The statewide crackdown will include high-visility alcohol and seat belt enforcement throughout Will County.

The statewide crackdown will also be supported by national and state paid advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign to curb drunk driving during the holiday season.  Deputies will be aggressively looking for drunk drivers and will arrest anyone caught.  In addition, front and back seat belt violators will be ticketed.

Traffic Division Sergeant Steve Byland notes that being arrested for driving drunk brings a wide range of negative consequences into one's life.  Potential jail time, loss of driver's license, and steep financial consequences such as higher insurance premiums, attorney fees, court costs, lost time from work and in some cases, loss of employment, are simply not worth the risk. 

This crackdown is being funded through the federal traffic safety  of the Illinois Department of Transporation.


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The Will County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Transportation, is announcing that the Click It or Ticket/Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over initiative was a success.  From November 17th thru November 30th, IDOT supported enforcement to remind motorists to buckle up and not drive impaired.  The Will County Sheriff's Office joined other state and local law enforcement agencies across Illinois to reduce highway fatalities by cracking down on unbuckled motorists and impaired drivers.

During the mobilization the Will County Sheriff's Office issued:  1 seat belt citation, 2 child car seat citations, 4 DUI arrests, 7 suspended/revoked licenses, 19 uninsured motorists, 49 speeding citations, 5 no valid driver's licenses, 4 cell phone usage, and 22 miscellaneous moving/non moving citations.

For more information on the Illinois Click It or Ticket campaign, please visit:  www.buckleupillinois.org

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