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Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 4:59 pm

Park Ridge Police Department Awarded Law Enforcement Accreditation

Over the past year, The Park Ridge Police Department has worked towards achieving accredited status with the Illinois Association of Chief’s of Police. Accreditation is an ongoing process whereby agencies evaluate policies and procedures against established criteria, and have compliance with those criteria verified by an independent and authoritative body, The Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Council. The criteria, or standards, are policy development guidelines that represent a level of quality service delivery. The department underwent the final stage in the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (ILEAP), the onsite assessment on June 27 and 28 of last year.

The Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Council met on October 18, 2012 and granted the Park Ridge Police Department accredited status. Park Ridge is the 12th agency in Illinois to receive this award, which represents the department’s commitment to working towards and upholding the best practices established for law enforcement. (Photo Attached: n_briefs_2_01312013-p1.JPG)

The Niles Police Department promotes officers

The Niles Police Department announced that Sergeant Thomas Fragassi and Sergeant George Alexopoulos were promoted in a ceremony overseen by the Niles Fire and Police Commission at the Village Hall on January 21st in the Council Chambers at Village Hall. Both will be assigned to the Patrol Division, after first undergoing a two month training assignment. They will serve on first watch. The department also promoted Sergeant Michael Boba to the rank of Watch Commander, and he will be assigned to the third watch. Chief of Police Dean Strzelecki will conduct an internal promotion ceremony for Sergeant Boba. These promotions fill vacancies created by officers that retired from the department last year.

Cook County Sheriff Looking for armed and dangerous domestic violence suspect

On Jan. 24 the Cook County Sheriff’s Police detectives announced that they were seeking information to aid in their search for a man believed to be armed and dangerous. Sheriff Thomas J. Dart said released an arrest warrant for Joseph L. Lopez Jr., 34, of Mount Prospect. Lopez is wanted for aggravated domestic violence and is suspected of severely beating a woman late Tuesday night inside a car in a parking lot in unincorporated Palatine. Lopez has threatened to shoot police officers that come in contact with him, and kill himself. Dart asked that the public not approach Lopez and instead anyone with information about Lopez’s whereabouts should call 708-865-4896.

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