The Enforcement Division is broken down in to 2 distinct, but interwoven bureaus, the Patrol Bureau and the Special Operations Bureau.
The Patrol Bureau oversees law enforcement for all of the unincorporated areas of Will County and Homer Glen. The Patrol Bureau is also responsible for handling records management for all police incident reports. Telecommunications/911 calls and Traffic Enforcement also fall under the Patrol Bureau.
The Special Operations Bureau encompasses the many specialized units within the Sheriff’s Office. These are: Criminal Investigations (Criminal Investigations Section, Crime Scene Investigations, Social Worker), Gang Suppression Unit / K9, Warrants Unit, Homeland Security, Special Operations Group (S.O.G.) and those deputies assigned to outside agencies (i.e. FBI, DEA, TriCounty Auto Theft, MANS, etc.)
The Citizens Police Academy is an informational program open to the general public. This program was designed to inform citizens of the community how the police and criminal justice system work and will be presented in a manner that is enjoyable for everyone who attends.
Or you can mail the completed application to:
Sgt. Steven Formenti 16909 W. Laraway Road Joliet, IL 60433
The Will County Sheriff’s Police Department School Resource Officer Program was established in October 2000. At that time two officers were assigned to Lincoln-Way High School District 210. They worked with school administration in order to provide law enforcement-based services as well as leadership, acting as positive role models, and school liaisons. Since then this program has successfully expanded to accommodate the following schools:
Lincoln-Way High School District 210
Lincoln-Way East Lincoln-Way Central Lincoln-Way North Lincoln-Way West
Summit Hill School District 161
Indian Trail Elementary Frankfort Square Elementary Dr. Julian Rogus Elementary
The School Resource Officer (“SRO”) Program is responsible for assisting school leadership with matters of safety, security and emergency planning. Law enforcement provides a presence of high visibility in the schools in response to incidents of school violence. By utilizing trained personnel, the officers’ presence provides a positive influence on students, staff and parents as a resource liaison. The role of the SRO becomes more educational than confrontational. As trust and confidence are established between law enforcement, staff and students, information regarding unacceptable behavior or a potential threat is addressed immediately.
Our SROs are a liaison for students, parents and the community. They control access to campus buildings and assist with school safety procedures concerning public access. Any complaints which involve the student population and the community are addressed by the SRO. Examples of this include speeding, residential parking, as well as student gatherings while enroute to and from campus, etcetera.
On a monthly basis SROs and educators meet to network on matters of mutual concern with the emphasis on school safety. SROs assist with school safety at extracurricular sporting events at the schools, as well as monitor traffic and student safety relative to arrival and departure. As in a patrol setting the school has become the officers’ “beat” and they have become a vital part of school setting.
In 2013, the Sheriff’s Office began its 13th year of providing police services to the Village of Homer Glen. The following is a summary of events that took place during the year.
During 2013 the Will County Sheriff’s Office had 30,904 incidents that we reponded to. Many of those incidents were “self initiated incidents” by the Deputies and Sergeants. Of those self initiated incidents, over 11,200 were “Subdivision Checks. The Sheriff’s Office affected 252 arrests resulting in 540 charges. 2,963 traffic citations were issued and 407 written warning citations were issued. A total of 51 DUI arrests were made in the Village during 2013. A total of 514 ordinance tickets were issued for violations to various Village Ordinances. Deputies assigned to the Village of Homer Glen maintained a strong partnership with the local schools. The Deputies were present on school grounds when students were arriving and departing for the day. Deputies also worked with the schools and participated in “Lock Down Drills” at the schools to assist them in their state mandated regulations. The total Type 1 Crimes continued to drop and the Village had a Crime Index of 763.3 for 2013, down from 787.7 in 2012 and 967.4 in 2011. This was the second lowest crime rate per 100,000 since its incorporation.
Aside from meeting regularly with the schools, personnel also met with various senior citizen groups to discuss crime prevention. One goal over the last 2 years was to decrease the amount of ruse burglaries. These meetings assisted in a dramatic decline in such burglaries, as 12 were reported in 2011, 7 in 2012 and only 1 attempted in 2013. Deputies also met with each new class of students at A-Orland Driving School to emphasize the dangers of distracted driving and driving under the influence. This assisted in reaching another goal during the year of zero fatalities.
Personnel from the Sheriff’s Office assisted in creating 2 new ordinances for the Village. A false alarm ordinance was created for the Village and took effect January 1st of 2013. The purpose of the ordinance was to decrease the amount of false alarm calls for service. Alarms have dropped from 658 in 2012 to 608 in 2013. The other ordinance established was an “Administrative Tow Fee”, which took effect on May 1st. Deputies assigned to the Village assisted at the 3rd annual “Homer Community Festival” in June. A total of 128 hours were provided and billed separately to the Village outside of the contractual agreement. The Lieutenant assigned to the Village attended every Village Board Meeting and Public Services and Safety Committee Meeting. Meetings with the Parade and Festival Committee were also attended to help prepare for the Festival.
The Sheriff’s Office fulfilled its contractual obligation to the Village of Homer Glen by providing 38,854 service hours. This is a surplus of 198 hours over the required 38,656 hours.
The Warrant Unit is divided into two separate but closely functioning departments. The warrant office is responsible for the entering and maintaining of all warrants issued in Will County. This includes not only warrants generated by the Sheriff's Department but all police departments within the boundaries of Will County. These warrants include ordinance violations, traffic offenses, misdemeanors, felonies, and any other court issued offenses. The warrant office enters all warrants into the state and nationwide computer systems and as such is responsible for the information provided. In addition, the warrant office maintains records regarding quashed, expired, and executed warrants.
The Will County Sheriff's Office created the Special Operations Group ( S.O.G. ) in November 1984. This special response group, ( commonly referred to as a SWAT team ) is utilized in high-risk situations including , but not limited to:
The Records Section maintains copies of all reports and traffic accident reports that occur within the unincorporated areas of Will County. The Records Section also maintains a list of registered sex offenders for the entire county of Will.
The Records Section is open to the general public Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Copies of incident and accident reports are available upon request during business hours. Please allow 3 to 5 working days from the date of the occurrence for the incident or accident reports to be received in the Records Section.
If a citizen's property finds its way into police custody without their knowledge, the Property Room will make a good faith effort to identify and notify the owner in writing. In some cases where an owner advises that they cannot retrieve their property within thirty days, the Property Room may extend the duration of safekeeping.
This nationally recognized section is highly trained and motivated. The current Traffic Section is commanded by a Sergeant, and includes 7 deputies, a Coordinator and an Administrative Clerk. Three deputies are experienced Traffic Re-constructionists and have attended Northwestern University’s prestigious Traffic Institute. The two newest deputies in the section, as well as the the deputy in charge of vehicle seizures, have recently attended reconstruction courses at Northwestern University’s Traffic Institute.
The Traffic Section has a primary responsibility to promote traffic safety throughout Will County. Major Crash Investigation; Hit and Run investigations; DUI, Speeding and Occupant Restraint enforcement; Traffic Safety education, Child Passenger Safety education; and conducting Special Projects are all part of the duties of personnel assigned to the Traffic Section.