East Hazel Crest Police Department

  • Agency: East Hazel Crest Police Department
  • Address: 17223 S. Throop Street, East Hazel Crest, 60429 IL
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East Hazel Crest Police Department is located at 17223 S. Throop Street, East Hazel Crest, 60429 IL. The East Hazel Crest Police Department phone number is 708-798-2186.

East Hazel Crest Police Department News

Officer Presented Life Saving Awards Sgt. Mrjenovich and Officer LaPorte were presented the South Suburban Association of Chiefs of Police Life Saving Awards on October 22. Sgt. Mrjenovich and Officer LaPorte were dispatched with the Fire Department to the smell of smoke in a six unit apartment building at 906 W. 174th Street back in December. When officers arrived they observed thick black smoke coming from the patio doors of apartment 2W. These officers risked their own lives and made sure the 11 occupants of the building were removed to safety. They were previously presented awards from the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police.

SAVED BY THE SEAT BELT AWARD On May 17, 2015 at approximately 12:00pm Mr. Sode’s was traveling south bound on Halsted approaching 171st Street, as Mr. Sode’s vehicle entered the intersection the driver of a Ford turned left in front of him. Mr. Sode said that the vehicle turned in front of his vehicle and that there was nothing he could do to avoid hitting it. After the accident, Mr. Sode said he did not require any medical attention. Had it not been for Mr. Sode’s decision to fasten his seatbelt properly, the likelihood of serious injury or possibly death would have been far more probable. According to an article written July 2015, the Department of Transportation says the number of Illinois drivers and passengers wearing seatbelts is at an all-time high. It is estimated that more than 95% of drivers and front seat passengers are wearing their seatbelts. This percentage is about a 1% increase from last year, and it is estimated that the slight increase represents 377 lives that have been saved on Illinois roadways. I am happy to say that Babatunde Sode is one of those lives. The National Highway Safety Administration published a report that showed Illinois had the 7th highest safety belt usage rate in the country. The administration says wearing a seatbelt can reduce the risk of motor vehicle fatalities by 45 to 60%. The purpose of the “Saved by the Belt Award” is to identify individuals whose lives are saved or their injuries significantly are reduced because they were properly wearing a safety belt at the time of the crash. As well as to reinforce the life-saving importance of occupant protection for individuals involved in motor vehicle crashes and encourage others to utilize them. Finally, to increase public awareness on the benefits of proper use of a safety belt. Mr. Sode, you were involved in a serious traffic crash while traveling in East Hazel Crest. An investigation found you escaped serious injury or possibly even death because you were wearing your safety belt. You are presented with this certificate because you recognize the importance of buckling up, and are a living testimony to the fact that safety belts save lives! Congratulations and welcome to the club!

No more vehicle registration renewal reminders due to budget impasse Posted on September 28, 2015 by Ryan Huffer SPRINGFIELD – The latest casualty of cuts due to the state’s budget impasse is the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office. Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White says his office will suspend mailing out vehicle registration renewal reminder notices to the public because of the lack of a state budget. “The lack of Fiscal Year 2016 budget is adversely impacting the Secretary of State’s office, and threatens to jeopardize the services we provide to the public,” says White. “Without a state budget in place, we are doing what we can to manage so that we may serve the people of Illinois for as long as possible. As a result, difficult decisions like suspending the renewal reminder notice mailing are decisions we are being forced to make.” White says by suspending the reminder service, they will save $450,000 per month. He says that will allow his office to continue mailing out renewal stickers, titles, and license plates to vehicle owners for at least a few months longer before the postage account is depleted. White encourages you to be mindful of your vehicle registration status to ensure that you get it renewed in a timely manner. He says his office is still sending out electronic reminders via email. You can sign up for the electronic notices by visiting www.cyberdriveillinois.com

Please join us at the Village Board Meeting on September 23 at 7pm to show our appreciation to Ken Vallow for 45 years service(and counting) to East Hazel Crest Police Department

Congratulations Officer Ken Vallow 45 years of service to East Hazel Crest Police Department

The East Hazel Crest Police Department announced that it will be joining Law Enforcement agencies throughout the state by increasing enforcement activities during the upcoming holiday period. In an effort to encourage the public to increase compliance with Illinois motor vehicle regulations, the East Hazel Crest Police Department will be conducting a Roadside Safety Check Point the week of August 24th. Drunk driving is a serious crime and continues to cause too many deaths and serious injuries to innocent victims due to crashes involving the use of alcohol. These crashes and their devastating consequences can cause a lifetime of suffering for the victims and their families. The Check Points are conducted to remove impaired or unlicensed drivers from our roadways making the streets safer for all motorists to travel. We hope that people will view this Roadside Safety Check as a positive step to increase everyone’s safety while traveling. Motorists will have a minimum delay of only a minute or two if there are no violations detected during their brief stop at the Check Point. As always, the East Hazel Crest Police Department appreciates your cooperation and hopes that you will support this and any other efforts to improve highway safety in the south suburban area and the state of Illinois.

Have a Safe 4th of July The East Hazel Crest Police Department announced that it will be joining Law Enforcement agencies throughout the state by increasing enforcement activities during the upcoming holiday period. In an effort to encourage the public to increase compliance with Illinois motor vehicle regulations, the East Hazel Crest Police Department will be conducting a Roadside Safety Check Point the week of July 4th holiday. Drunk driving is a serious crime and continues to cause too many deaths and serious injuries to innocent victims due to crashes involving the use of alcohol. These crashes and their devastating consequences can cause a lifetime of suffering for the victims and their families. The Check Points are conducted to remove impaired or unlicensed drivers from our roadways making the streets safer for all motorists to travel. We hope that people will view this Roadside Safety Check as a positive step to increase everyone’s safety while traveling. Motorists will have a minimum delay of only a minute or two if there are no violations detected during their brief stop at the Check Point. As always, the East Hazel Crest Police Department appreciates your cooperation and hopes that you will support this and any other efforts to improve highway safety in the south suburban area and the state of Illinois.

The Police Department conducted eleven seatbelt enforcement zones and a Roadside Safety Check between May 11 and 25, 2015 to coincide with the Memorial Day holiday. During the enforcement activities, citations were issued for 18 seat belt violations, 9 driver's license violations, 3 child seat violations 2 for no insurance, 2 for cannabis possession and 1 for cell phone use. Funding for enforcement was provided through a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation. To coincide with the July 4th holiday driving period, the Police Department will be conducting seatbelt enforcement zones and a Roadside Safety Check.

The East Hazel Crest Police Department announced that it will be joining Law Enforcement agencies throughout the state by increasing enforcement activities during the upcoming holiday period. In an effort to encourage the public to increase compliance with Illinois motor vehicle regulations, the East Hazel Crest Police Department will be conducting a Roadside Safety Check Point the weekend of May 15th through the 17th. Drunk driving is a serious crime and continues to cause too many deaths and serious injuries to innocent victims due to crashes involving the use of alcohol. These crashes and their devastating consequences can cause a lifetime of suffering for the victims and their families. The Check Points are conducted to remove impaired or unlicensed drivers from our roadways making the streets safer for all motorists to travel. We hope that people will view this Roadside Safety Check as a positive step to increase everyone’s safety while traveling. Motorists will have a minimum delay of only a minute or two if there are no violations detected during their brief stop at the Check Point. As always, the East Hazel Crest Police Department appreciates your cooperation and hopes that you will support this and any other efforts to improve highway safety in the south suburban area and the state of Illinois. DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE AND ALWAYS BUCKLE UP.

The Police Department conducted ten seatbelt enforcement zones between December 19 and January 4. Citations were issued for 20 seat belt violations, 1 child seat violations and 1 other citations. Funding for this enforcement was provided through a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation.

National Organizations Partner in Support of Law Enforcement On January 9th, 2015, partnering organizations in support of law enforcement officers nationwide will promote a National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day (L.E.A.D.). In light of recent negativity directed toward law enforcement nationally, there is a need to show law enforcement officers that our citizens recognize the difficult and sometimes impossible career they have chosen, in public service to us all. Each day 780,000 police officers across our country put a badge on and go to work knowing they may face extremely dangerous situations. On average, between 105 and 203 officers die in the line of duty each year, 50,000 officers are assaulted in the line of duty each year, 14,000 officers are injured in the line of duty each year, and over 300 officers commit suicide each year. There is no other profession in the world, except possibly the military, where you will find these kinds of statistics. Law enforcement officers play such an integral part in our society. Without law enforcement officers, chaos would reign. Have you ever thought about what you would do if you were in trouble - a car accident, a home invasion, an assault - and you did not have someone to call for help? No matter how much abuse law enforcement takes, they continue to do their job, and do it well. They are the guardians of our way of life and they deserve our support. On January 9th, we call our nation's citizens to action in support of law enforcement. Those citizens who appreciate law enforcement and are discouraged about the negative attention being given to law enforcement are encouraged to take time on Friday, January 9, to show their support. Our citizens can show their support in a number of ways: * Change your profile picture on social media to the jpg image provided at www.facebook.com/nationalcops * Wear blue clothing in support of law enforcement * Send a card of support to your local police department or state agency * Share a story about a positive law enforcement experience on social media * Ask children in your community to write letters in support of law enforcement * Participate in Project Blue Light - Proudly display your blue light in support of law enforcement * Organize an event or a rally in support of your law enforcement officers * Advertise your support through local media outlets/billboards * Post the public service announcement supplied by C.O.P.S. to your organization's webpage or social media pages Most importantly, if you see a police officer, thank a police officer. All of our partnering organizations welcome media outlets to cover this nationwide campaign in support of law enforcement. Leaders from supporting organizations will make themselves available for interviews on the morning of January 9th, 2015. For questions or an interview, contact C.O.P.S. National President, Madeline Neumann, at (609) 703-8107 or C.O.P.S. Executive Director, Dianne Bernhard, at (573) 673-8917. National Law Enforcement Organizations that are partnering together include: Concerns of Police Survivors, The Fraternal Order of Police, The FBI National Academy Associates, The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement, Officer Down Memorial Page, Law Enforcement United, National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, International Conference of Police Chaplains, National Trooper's Coalition, Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, National Police Wives, Wives Behind the Badge, International Union of Police Associations, New Jersey State PBA, National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives, National Sheriffs' Association, Thin Line Support, Police Unity Tour, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, and the United States Air Force Security Forces.

The Police Department was awarded First Place in the Illinois Traffic Safety Challenge for Munacipalities with 1-10 full-time officers. In addition to the award, we received a LIDAR radar unit, and Preliminary Breath Test instrument. The entry was prepared by Sergeant Wasek and Officer LaPorte.

Officers worked twenty-two seatbelt enforcement zones and a 4 hour Roadside Safety Check funded by I.D.O.T. which resulted in 8 arrests for suspended or unlicensed drivers. Fourty-seven citations were written for Seat Belt violations, six for child Safety Seat Violations and nine for other violations.

OFFICERS WORKED A ROADSIDE SAFETY CHECK POINT OVER THE 4TH OF JULY HOLIDAY PERIOD, FUNDED BY A GRANT FROM THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (I.D.O.T.). DURING THE CHECK, OFFICERS MADE 7 ARRESTS. SEVEN PEOPLE WERE CHARGED WITH DRIVING ON A SUSPENDED OR REVOKED DRIVERS LICENSE, 1 PERSON WAS CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF CANNABIS. TWENTY-THREE CITATIONS WERE ISSUED INCLUDING OCCUPANT RESTRAINT, REGISTRATION, INSURANCE, OPEN ALCOHOL AND CELL PHONE VIOLATIONS. OFFICERS ALSO WORKED 21 ONE HOUR SEATBELT ZONES DURING THE HOLIDAY PERIOD WHICH RESULTED IN 63 SEATBELT AND 10 CHILD RESTRAINT VIOLATIONS. ONE DRIVER WAS ARRESTED FOR A SUSPENDED LICENSE.

The East Hazel Crest Police Department announced that it will be joining Law Enforcement agencies throughout the state by increasing enforcement activities during the upcoming holiday period. In an effort to encourage the public to increase compliance with Illinois motor vehicle regulations, the East Hazel Crest Police Department will be conducting a Roadside Safety Check Point the weekend of May 23rd through the 25th. Drunk driving is a serious crime and continues to cause too many deaths and serious injuries to innocent victims due to crashes involving the use of alcohol. These crashes and their devastating consequences can cause a lifetime of suffering for the victims and their families. The Check Points are conducted to remove impaired or unlicensed drivers from our roadways making the streets safer for all motorists to travel. We hope that people will view this Roadside Safety Check as a positive step to increase everyone’s safety while traveling. Motorists will have a minimum delay of only a minute or two if there are no violations detected during their brief stop at the Check Point. As always, the East Hazel Crest Police Department appreciates your cooperation and hopes that you will support this and any other efforts to improve highway safety in the south suburban area and the state of Illinois. DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE AND ALWAYS BUCKLE UP.

Officers conducted Seatbelt zones which were funded by a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation between March 18 and 25, 2014. Thirteen one-hour checks were conducted resulting in 28 citations for Seatbelt violations, 6 for Child Restraint violations, one for no insurance and one for a Suspended Drivers License. Driver's are reminded that cell phone use while driving must now me hands free.

2014 Boost Your Big Kid Campaign FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 28, 2014 CONTACT: Sergeant Robert Wasek, 708-798-2186, RWasek@ehcpd.com East Hazel Crest Police Department Encourages Parents to Boost their Big Kid East Hazel Crest, IL – East Hazel Crest Police Department is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $1,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation. This grant was awarded to help increase the use of booster seats in community. This grant is one of 51 grants distributed throughout Illinois this spring as part of the Boost Your Big Kid campaign. Booster seats reduce the risk for serious injury by 45 percent for children ages four to eight years old. According to a 2011 study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 25 percent of children age four to seven were restrained by a seat belt alone and another 10 percent were riding totally unrestrained. Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13. Crash data from NHTSA shows that during the five-year period from 2007 to 2011, 3,661 children were killed in car crashes. In addition, an estimated 634,000 children were injured. “Children depend on their parents to keep them safe – every trip, every time,” said Chief Raymond Robertson. Illinois law requires that all children under the age of 8 must be properly restrained in an appropriate car seat or booster seat. Even though a child turns 8, it does not mean he is big enough to sit without a booster seat. Don’t leap out of a booster seat too soon; take the 5-Step test: 1. Does the child sit all the way back against the vehicle seat? 2. Do the child’s knees completely bend over the edge of the vehicle seat with the feet touching the floor? 3. Does the shoulder belt cross the child’s shoulder between the neck and arm and the lap belt fit low and snug across the hips? 4. Does the vehicle seat provide the child with adequate head protection? 5. Can the child stay seated in this position for the entire trip? If the answer to any of these questions is NO, then the child is not ready to use an adult seat belt. Continue to use the booster seat until the adult seat belt fits appropriately. Families interested in attending an educational program to learn more about how booster seats protect children can contact Sergeant Robert Wasek 708-798-2186 for more information. Attendees may be eligible to receive a new booster seat for their child. Remember: All children younger than 13 should ride in the back seat. As of January 1, 2012, seat belt use is required in all seating positions. www.BUCKLEUPILLINOIS.org

OFFICERS CONDUCTED SEATBELT ZONES WHICH WERE FUNDED BY A GRANT FROM THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION. TWELVE ONE-HOUR CHECKS WERE CONDUCTED SOME IN THE EXTREME COLD AND SNOW, RESULTING IN 18 CITATIONS FOR SEATBELT VIOLATIONS, 2 FOR CHILD RESTRAINT VIOLATIONS AND ONE FOR A SUSPENDED DRIVERS LICENSE. ONE DRIVER WAS ALSO ARRESTED FOR DUI AFTER NEARLY STRIKING POLICE OFFICERS CONDUCTING SEATBELT ENFORCEMENT.

Officers conducted Seatbelt zones from November 18 to December 1 which were Funded by a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation. Eleven one-hour checks were conducted resulting 35 citations for Seatbelt violations, 4 for Child Restraint violations and one for a Suspended Drivers License. Another enforcement blitz will be conducted to coincide with the Christmas/New Years Holiday period. Data shows the holiday season is a particularly deadly time due to the increased number of drunk drivers on the roads.

In December, 60% of fatal crashes between midnight and 3 a.m. involve a drunk driver. Just because it’s late, doesn’t mean you’re the only one awake. Cops are out day and night to bust you driving drunk. Drive sober or get pulled over.

THE EAST HAZEL CREST POLICE CONDUCTED 18 SEATBELT ENFORCEMENT ZONES AND A ROADSIDE SAFETY CHECK TO COINCIDE WITH THE LABOR DAY HOLIDAY WEEKEND THE ROADSIDE SAFETY CHECK INVOLVED CHECKING 211 CARS AND LED TO 36 CHARGES INCLUDING 8 ARRESTS. THE SEATBELT ENFORCEMENT ZONES WERE ONE HOUR IN LENGTH WITH 12 OF THEM BEING CONDUCTED BETWEEN 9PM AND 6AM. ARRESTS INCLUDED A FELONY AGGRAVATED DRIVING WITH A SUSPENDED LICENSE, UNLAWFUL USE OF A WEAPON FOR A LOADED HANDGUN, 16 SUSPENDED OR NO VALID LICENSES, 5 PEOPLE CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF CANNABIS AND 2 WARRANT ARRESTS. CITATIONS WERE ALSO ISSUED FOR - 72 OCCUPANT RESTRAINT VIOLATIONS, 17 FOR CHILD RESTRAINT VIOLATIONS, 11 INSURANCE VIOLATIONS AND 2 ALCOHOL RELATED CHARGES.

East Hazel Crest PD joins hundreds of Illinois police agencies for Drive Sober or GetPulled Over Crackdown on drunk drivers DriveSober or Get Pulled Over Campaign Will Target Drunk Drivers From August 16 through Labor Day, East Hazel Crest Police Department 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-visibility alcohol and belt enforcement throughout East Hazel Crest, and will run from August 16 through September 2, 2013. The effective statewide crackdown will also be supported by national and state paid advertising,creating a comprehensive campaign to curb drunk driving. East Hazel Crest Police Department said its officers will be aggressively looking for drunk drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving drunk. In addition, seat belt law violators will be ticketed. Although 0.08 BACis the illegal limit in all 50 States, far too many people across the nation get behind the wheel after consuming too much alcohol. The latest statistics underscore the serious nature of the nation’s continuing drunk driving epidemic. “Every year in Illinois, about one third of all motor vehicle traffic deaths involve one or more drunk drivers or motorcycle operators”. Holidays such as Labor Day are particularly dangerous. "Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement like the 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign reduces drunk driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. By joining this effort, we will help make East Hazel Crest’s road safer for every one throughout the Labor Day period”. “We want to remind everyone that getting behind the wheel drunk is a terrible idea.Unfortunately, not only does drinking impair your ability to operate a vehicle safely, it also impairs your judgment and good sense about whether you can, or should drive. If you have any doubt about your sobriety, do not get behind the wheel. If you do chose to drive impaired, you will be arrested. No warnings. No excuses”. “In addition, East Hazel Crest Police Department will be stepping up seat belt law enforcement, especially during the all-too-dangerous late night hours when seat belt use is lowest”. Zero tolerance will be shown for seatbelt law violators -- in the front and back seat. Being arrested for driving drunk brings a wide range of negative consequences into one’s life. Drunk drivers face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, and steep financial consequences such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators also often face tremendous personal embarrassment. “Driving drunk is simply not worth the risk. So don’t take the chance. Remember, we will be out inforce and we will be watching, so ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”. The law enforcement crackdown is funded by federal traffic safety funds through the Illinois Department of Transportation.

A Neighborhood Watch Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday August 7 at the Village Hall at 7pm.

East Hazel Crest, Il- The East Hazel Crest Police Department announced that it will be joining Law Enforcement agencies throughout the state by increasing enforcement activities. In an effort to encourage the public to increase compliance with Illinois motor vehicle regulations, the East Hazel Crest Police Department will be conducting a Roadside Safety Check Point during the July 4th holiday weekend. DUI CHECKPOINT ANNOUNCED Drunk driving is a serious crime and continues to cause too many deaths and serious injuries to innocent victims due to crashes involving the use of alcohol. These crashes and their devastating consequences can cause a lifetime of suffering for the victims and their families. The Check Points are conducted to remove impaired or unlicensed drivers from our roadways making the streets safer for all motorists to travel. We hope that people will view this Roadside Safety Check as a positive step to increase everyone’s safety while traveling. Motorists will have a minimum delay of only a minute or two if there are no violations detected during their brief stop at the Check Point. As always, the East Hazel Crest Police Department appreciates your cooperation and hopes that you will support this and any other efforts to improve highway safety in the south suburban area and the state of Illinois. DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE AND ALWAYS BUCKLE UP.