Joliet Police Department

  • Agency: Joliet Police Department
  • Address: 150 W Washington St, Joliet, 60432 IL
  • Chief: Mike Trafton (Chief of Police)
Phone: (815) 724-3100
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Joliet Police Department is located at 150 W Washington St, Joliet, 60432 IL. The Chief of Police of the department is Mike Trafton. The Joliet Police Department phone number is (815) 724-3100.

Joliet Police Department News

Today, on Veteran's Day, we thank our veterans and active military members for their service to our country.

We are expecting approximately one inch of snow between now and midday Friday. Since this is the first significant snowfall of the season, many roads are not yet treated and will be extra slippery. The bridges are always slick in snowy weather. Use extra caution while driving and allow plenty of time to reach your destination.

How about this for a Throwback Thursday?! This was taken many years ago during filming of "The Blues Brothers". How many of you were here in town when they were filming? Check out those old JPD squads in the background! #ThrowbackThursday

*Ashley Tucker Investigation Update* On November 2nd 2018, the Joliet Police Department Investigations Division was able to secure an arrest warrant for Peter Zabala for the murder of Ashley Tucker. Peter Zabala has been charged with (3) counts of First Degree Murder, and (2) counts of concealment of a Homicide. "I can’t even begin to describe the diligence and work ethic every member of the Investigations Division has exhibited in working this case. This is just one of the many examples of the dedication of purpose all of our members have in serving our city. This case has touched every member of the department that has dedicated time and effort to solving what began as a mystery. Our hearts go out to the family, and our mission from day one was to help them attain some semblance of closure, knowing that nothing prepares you for this kind of tragedy. We will continue to work with the members of the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office, until Peter Zabala is prosecuted to the fullest extent.” - JPD Chief Al Roechner

Recently we've received a lot of questions regarding school bus safety after the incident in Indiana last week. Here is the what the IL Vehicle Code states regarding school bus stops.

Don't forget! Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, November 4 at 2:00 AM. Clocks will go back one hour. Be sure to check smoke detector batteries as well.

JOLIET POLICE CONDUCT ROADSIDE SAFETY CHECKPOINTS, SEATBELT SAFETY ZONES, AND SPEED ENFORCEMENT DURING THE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY The Joliet Police Department, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Transportation, will participate in a statewide effort to increase seatbelt usage and crack down on speeding and drunk driving. Special enforcement efforts will include several seatbelt safety zones at various locations throughout the city, a roadside safety checkpoint, and citywide saturation enforcement and speed enforcement. Enforcement begins November 2 and continues through November 26. The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest travel times of the year. More vehicles on the roadways means there is more potential for crashes and more fatalities. Chief Al Roechner reminds driver’s to not drink and drive. “So many family tragedies can be easily avoided by wearing seat belts, having a designated driver, getting a ride, or by calling for a taxi or ride-sharing service.” Officers assigned to these details will be checking for occupant restraint violations, child restraint violations, DUI violations, speeding violations, and other violations of the Illinois Vehicle Code. This enforcement campaign is possible through a grant from the Illinois Department of Transportation. The campaign will help to deter drunk driving, increase the use of seatbelt/child restraints, and reduce speeding before, during, and after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Joliet Approves Extended Commercial Truck Enforcement Efforts The City of Joliet is increasing efforts to monitor and enforce commercial motor vehicle regulations by expanding the Joliet Police Department’s (JPD) truck enforcement efforts to include evenings and weekends. Enforcement efforts will begin immediately. “While the majority of semi-truck drivers are safe and observant operators, Joliet is taking a serious stance on those drivers who do not take time to map routes through Joliet correctly or who haul loads that are not suited for the route chosen. The safety of our residents and preservation of our infrastructure and roadways are top priorities for Joliet,” said Interim Police Chief Al Roechner. The Joliet Police traffic unit currently has three full-time patrol officers who monitor overweight/oversize violations for trucks that travel through Joliet. All officers with this unit are certified with the Illinois Truck Enforcement Association and issue overweight/oversize citations on a daily basis. The truck enforcement patrol began in August 2017 and in only 14 months has written citations totaling over $2.2 million in bond. It is anticipated that the City will expand the Joliet Police traffic unit with more truck enforcement officers in the near future. The Joliet Police truck enforcement patrol are able to enforce regulations throughout Joliet because the City Council have defined and passed strict truck ordinances that come with hefty fines for violators. Operation of a vehicle over the maximum weight on specified roadways range from $500.00 for an ordinance/sign violations to upwards of $30,000.00+ for state violations. The City Council also passed a strict road blockage ordinance for trucks. “Since passage of the road blockage ordinance several years ago, we have seen an 80% drop in road blockages,” commented traffic Sgt. Phil Stice. “We count on the fact that these drivers are in communication with one another and that word has gotten out that Joliet takes road blockages, due to poor planning, very seriously. Truck drivers in Joliet are learning quickly to plan their route ahead of time or else there will be consequences.” Drivers of commercial vehicles are encouraged to use the City’s online overweight/oversize permitting process provided by http://www.oxcart.com to ensure a compliant passage through Joliet. This permit system allows drivers to plot a safe route, pay fees, and download the necessary permits quickly and easily. Until 2015, the City did not have an overweight/oversize permit fee. “Joliet fully recognizes the increase in semi-traffic over the last several years and that it is unlikely to diminish in the near future,” said Mayor Bob O’Dekirk. “Therefore we see the merit in increased patrol efforts combined with effective ordinances and permitting measures. With these safeguards in place, Joliet can maintain its status as a hub for commerce and industry without compromising its resident’s safety and quality of life.” For photos, please visit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/160311435@N08/shares/Yx3f64

Starting today, November 1st, you might notice that some of our department members may have some new facial hair and jewerly. Throughout November and December, some department members will be participating in a fundraiser for a local charity. Males will be allowed to grow facial hair and females will be allowed to wear earings. Stay tuned for possible photo updates throughout the next few weeks!

Happy Halloween! Officer Bones *1031 is out on patrol keeping his eyes out for ghouls and goblins. Please be safe when Trick-Or-Treating today (4pm-7pm).

With Halloween a day away, there are a couple things we in the Neighborhood Oriented Policing Team (NOPT) think deserve repeating for the safety of all before the Trick or Treating starts... Hours are 4-7pm Here's a scary statistic: Children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year. In 2017, October ranked No. 2 in motor vehicle deaths by month, with 3,700. July is No. 1, with 3,830 deaths. • Remind children to walk, not run, between houses and use sidewalks when available. • Use caution when crossing the street and cross only at intersections when traffic is clear. • Wear brightly colored costumes or add reflective tape to costumes for visibility. Carry a flashlight. • Motorists should be careful and alert during and around these hours. • Use battery powered candles to light your jack-o’-lantern and other decorations. • Accompany all young children while trick-or-treating. Older participants should travel in groups and avoid traveling alone. • Stick to neighborhoods you are familiar with. • Closely inspect all candy before eating. Check labels closely for potential allergens. • Avoid homemade treats given out by strangers. • Leave walk-ways and paths to homes clear and well-lit to avoid trip hazards. • Leave on a porch or exterior lights if you plan to participate in trick-or-treating. Most of all HAVE FUN and STAY SAFE!!

Our hard-working telecommunicators are required to take short breaks throughout their shift. Normally another telecommunicator will take over, but earlier today K-9 Bo decided to help them out instead.

The Joliet Police Department is proud to announce we are the newest location for the placement of a Micro Pantry. The Micro Pantry is located just to the left of the main entrance to our headquarters at 150 W. Washington Street. Thanks to the help of Mayor Bob O’Dekirk, Chief Al Roechner, Mike Trafton, Terry D’Arcy, and Jeff Eberhard, we are fully stocked. Jeff Eberhard started Micro Pantries in December of 2016, as a way to allow “neighbors to help neighbors” in the Joliet area. Their motto is, “Take what you need. Leave what you can”. Their ideology is, if you are in need, the pantry is there for you, and if you are a little extra blessed, you can help by leaving food, toiletries, and diapers for those in need. When Mayor O’Dekirk and Chief Roechner were approached by Jeff to be the next Micro Pantry location, they were more than happy to participate, and are excited to be a part of such a great organization. [Chief Roechner statement] “Anytime we can be a part of such a thoughtful way to give back to the community we serve, we are more than happy to help. Especially if it impacts those who are in need in a positive way. The members of the Joliet Police Department and City Hall will make sure that we always have food and items in the pantry for community members who need them. We encourage anyone who wants to leave nonperishable food items, toiletries, and diapers to drop them off in our pantry or any of the other 30+ locations Jeff has set up in and around the Joliet area.” To help in anyway with a Micro Pantry, please visit the Micro Pantry Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MicroPantries/ to locate the nearest location near you.

Throughout the month of October, all of our officers have been going through 1st Aid, CPR, and AED training. Joliet Police personnel go through this training and re-certification approximately every two years to stay up to date with current 1st aid skills.

*** UPDATE: Zabala is in custody. Thank you for your help spreading the word! *** Ashley Tucker Investigation The Joliet Police Department is asking for help in locating Peter Zabala. Zabala is a person of interest in the disappearance of Ashley Tucker. The investigation has led detectives to believe that Zabala was the last known person to see Ashley Tucker prior to her disappearance, within the vicinity of where some of her items were located. Zabala also exhibited suspicious activity before and after Ashley was reported missing. All attempts to locate Zabala for questioning have been unsuccessful. Detectives know Zabala is aware of the attempts to locate him, but has purposely evaded contact. Zabala knows he has an active Will County Warrant for failing to comply with the sex offender registration act. We ask if anyone comes into contact with Peter Zabala or Ashley Tucker, to please call 911 immediately. If anyone has any information on Peter Zabala or Ashley Tucker’s whereabouts, please call Joliet Police Detective Tizoc Landeros at 815-482-5625, or the Investigations Division at 815-724-3020.

Officer Lowrey recently made a new friend who wanted to show off his spectacular police uniform. These new recruits keep getting younger and younger... Happy Friday!

The City of Joliet encourages its residents to participate in the upcoming Halloween holiday by trick-or-treating or passing out candy. The designated trick-or-treating hours for the City of Joliet are 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. Homes that want to participate in trick-or-treating should leave on a porch or exterior lights. As you plan for a safe and happy Halloween, please keep in mind these safety tips: For trick-or-treaters and parents: • Accompany all young children while trick-or-treating. Older participants should travel in groups and avoid traveling alone. • Stick to neighborhoods you are familiar with. • Closely inspect all candy before eating. Check labels closely for potential allergens. • Avoid homemade treats given out by strangers. • Remind children to walk, not run, between houses and use sidewalks when available. • Use caution when crossing the street and cross only at intersections when traffic is clear. • Wear brightly colored costumes or add reflective tape to costumes for visibility. Carry a flashlight. Residents: • Motorists should be careful and alert during and around these hours. • Use battery powered candles to light your jack-o’-lantern and other decorations. • Leave walk-ways and paths to homes clear and well-lit to avoid trip hazards. • Leave on a porch or exterior lights if you plan to participate in trick-or-treating. Anyone experiencing suspicious behavior, vandalism or similar activity should report it immediately to the non-emergency Joliet Police phone number at 815-726-2491. Always call 9-1-1 in case of emergency.

**UPDATE: Ashley has been found. Thank you for helping spread the word.** MISSING ADULT: Ashley N. Tucker is 25 years of age. She is 5’3” tall, weighing approximately 120 pounds. She currently has dark brown hair and brown eyes. Ashley has a tattoo of “CLEO” on her left wrist and a tattoo of “MONA” on her right wrist. Ashley was last seen wearing a green shirt, blue jeans, and tan boots. Ashley was last seen on October 13, 2018 around 11:00 PM in the Joliet Area. Please contact Joliet Police Detective Landeros at 815-724-3020 with any information or if she is located.

With Halloween just over 2 weeks away, we realize many parents will be costume shopping for their children. This gives some great advice regarding the "do's and dont's" for children's costumes.

Homicide Investigation Earns Recognition for Detectives’ Hard Work The Joliet Police Department is proud to announce that five detectives from the Investigations Division won the “Award for Excellence” at the 2018 Illinois Homicide Investigators Association (ILHIA) annual conference. The ILHIA Award of Excellence was presented to our team of investigators for exhibiting the highest level of professional dedication and diligence during a homicide investigation. Joliet Police Department Detectives Jim Voudrie, Tizoc Landeros, Jeffery German, Jose Martinez and Detective Sergeant Darrell Gavin received the prestigious award for solving the murders of three innocent victims in a vicious firebombing attack on June 3, 2017. One of the victims in the attack was a one-year-old child. The other two victims were female, one of whom was pregnant. The case was brought to a successful conclusion with three arrests for multiple counts of First Degree Murder, charged by the Will County State’s Attorney Office. Nominations for the ILHIA award are submitted from all over the state of Illinois. There were over nine hundred attendees from City, State, and Federal agencies at the conference The Detectives were honored to receive the award in a packed room full of their peers and fellow homicide investigators. (Chief Roechner statement) “This is one example of many where the outstanding detectives of the Joliet Police Department did not rest until all responsible were charged for their crimes. The Detectives of the Joliet Police Department are at their best when incidents are at their worst. The great work of Detectives Voudrie, Landeros, German, Martinez and Detective Sergeant Gavin is an example for all others to follow. This award is well deserved and I am honored to serve as their Police Chief.”

On Halloween, and Every Day, Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving Each year, thousands of young trick-or-treaters flock to the streets on Halloween night, while thousands of others head to local bars and restaurants. Please be responsible and don’t put yourself or another at risk by choosing to drink and drive. To help spread the message that Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is teaming up with The Joliet Police Department to remind everyone of the dangers of drunk driving. Halloween poses a potentially dangerous threat to all pedestrians, as more people are out at night on the hunt for candy. If your night involves alcohol, plan for a sober ride home. Remember: It’s never safe to drink and get behind the wheel of a vehicle. “If you know you’re going to go out and party on Halloween night, make sure you have a sober driver designated to get you home safely,” said Interim Chief Al Roechner. “Even one drink can impair judgement. You should never put yourself, or others, at risk because you made the selfish choice to drink and drive. For most, even one drink can be one too many. Remember: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.” From October 12th through October 31st, the Joliet Police will be conducting several speeding enforcement details, alcohol saturation patrols, seat belt saturation patrols, seat belt enforcement zones, and road-side safety checks throughout the city. Officers working these details will be focusing on alcohol, seat, belt, and speeding violations in addition to other violations of the Illinois Vehicle Code. “It is our hope that our community members are able to safely and responsibly enjoy the Halloween holiday,” said Interim Chief Al Roechner. “In today’s world, there are many options available to drivers to help them get home safely if they have been drinking. We expect drivers to refrain from driving after drinking entirely. It is the law,” he said.

20,000 Facebook likes!!! Thank you everyone! As promised, the 20,000th person to "like" the Joliet Police Department page would receive this JPD tumbler mug. **Steve Gessner**, please send us a message in order to claim your prize! Everyone else, keep an eye out for upcoming posts, as we may have some contests with possible prizes involved! Make sure to "like" and share our page to stay up to date with your Joliet Police!

Two Emergency Alert System messages are scheduled for today, October 3, 2018. You will receive two different emergency test messages, one at 1:18 p.m. CST and one at 1:20 p.m. CST. You will receive these messages on your phone as a call and a text message. Note that the information attached and below includes times that are EASTERN. The above time has been changed to CENTRAL (our time zone) to avoid confusion. More specific details are below and attached. • The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system on October 3, 2018. • The test will assess the readiness to distribute an emergency message nationwide and determine whether improvements are needed. • The test messages will be sent using FEMA’s IPAWS, which enables authorities to send emergency messages to multiple communications networks, including the EAS and WEA as part of the nation’s modern alert and warning infrastructure. • Sending the WEA test message will begin at 2:18 p.m. EDT. The EAS message will be sent at 2:20 p.m. EDT. • This will be the first nationwide Presidential-level WEA test and cannot be opted out. For more information: www.fema.gov/Emergency-Alert-Test To contact FEMA’s IPAWS Program: FEMA-National-Test@fema.dhs.gov

**UPDATE: The warning has now expired.** A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING is in effect until 6:00 PM. Wind gusts to 70 MPH are possible. These storms are producing widespread wind damage to trees, mobile homes, roofs, and outbuildings. Seek shelter until the storm passes.