As sheriff of Putnam County, I would like to discuss an issue very close to each of us, crime prevention.
My office is committed to making our neighborhoods safer places to live. By doing so, we will improve the quality of life for individuals and families, both young and old.
It’s imperative we make progress toward reducing the negative influences crime has on our children and to help safeguard the elderly.
In the past year, this office has worked extremely hard to make significant improvements in our county. Through community-based programs and an emphasis on professionalism, we hope to reduce the number of gun-related crimes, thefts, incidents of domestic violence and other disturbances.
An example of our plans and objectives include:
• Providing state-of-the-art training opportunities for sheriffs, deputies, jail administrators and office staff.
• Continuing our initiatives in specialized technical training and the latest crime-prevention measures.
• Involvement in civic-minded program and services, such as providing deserving young citizens with college scholarships where they can further their education, capture a heightened sense of belonging, and participate in constructive activities to build character and responsibility.
• Increased drug awareness through educational programs and services that will give individuals a fighting chance to lead more productive lives.
• Further development of opportunities for law enforcement to work more closely with shelter and local organizations that provide counseling and support in the hope to see fewer incidents of spousal and child abuse.
Current members of the Illinois Sheriff’s Association will be receiving their renewal notices in January. Contributions are tax-deductible, and unlike other organizations in our state, the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association Membership Program does not solicit membership by telephone.
For residents who aren’t currently involved, but would like to become a member, please contact the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association by writing to 401 E. Washington, Suite 1000, Springfield, IL 62701; calling 217-753-2372; or online at www.ilsheriff.org.
Note to readers: Sheriff Kevin Doyle recently began his sixth term as sheriff of Putnam County.