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First New Sheriff’s Police Officers in 3 Years Begin Training

By at September 29, 2011 | 11:00 am | 0 Comment

First New Sheriff’s Police Officers in 3 Years Begin Training

For the first time since 2008, the Cook County Sheriff’s Police will welcomes a class of new officers – with a group entirely made up of existing employees promoted from other sworn ranks. The 25 new officers – which include former court deputies and correctional officers promoted in accordance with rules governed by the Shakman Decree – began physical training more...

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Sheriff’s Detainee Rehabilitation Program Helps Hundreds Learn New Skills

By at September 12, 2011 | 9:30 am | 2 Comments

Sheriff’s Detainee Rehabilitation Program Helps Hundreds Learn New Skills

A massive expansion of the garden on the grounds of the Cook County Jail has allowed for more than 100 non-violent detainees to earn gardening and landscaping job skills while they are incarcerated. On Friday, September 9th, dozens of those detainees were recognized with certificates of completion. This is the 18th year for the garden program, which last year added a more...

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Inmates Begin Cleaning Animal Shelter Cages on August 1st

By at August 1, 2011 | 8:06 am | 2 Comments

Inmates Begin Cleaning Animal Shelter Cages on August 1st

Almost a year after Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart initiated discussions about utilizing Cook County Jail inmates to clean animal cages at a city shelter, that program is set to begin on Monday morning. There are 16 minimum-security inmates who will clean cages at the center, helping to save Chicago taxpayers from overtime costs that have been incurred by shortages in more...

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Statement from Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Sheriff Dart and ICE inconsistencies

By at July 19, 2011 | 3:19 pm | 0 Comment

Statement from Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Sheriff Dart and ICE inconsistencies

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle issued the following statement supporting Sheriff Tom Dart’s recent public comments on the Cook County Jail system.  I applaud Sheriff Dart’s recent public statements highlighting the troubling inconsistencies in current Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) policies that are in place at the Cook County Jail system.  more...

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President Preckwinkle Announces New Leadership and Focus for Criminal Justice Agency

By at July 6, 2011 | 12:06 pm | 6 Comments

President Preckwinkle Announces New Leadership and Focus for Criminal Justice Agency

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced today the formation of the Judicial Advisory Council (JAC), an agency under the Office of the President charged with the coordination and reform on the Cook County criminal justice system. The JAC will pursue President Preckwinkle’s campaign promise and long-standing priority of reforming the criminal justice more...

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Sheriff’s Office Torch Run Kick-off

By at June 7, 2011 | 4:33 pm | 0 Comment

Sheriff’s Office Torch Run Kick-off

Officials from the Cook County Sheriff’s Office and local law enforcement leaders will be kicking off Leg 5 of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics on Tuesday, June 7th.  The Sheriff's Office is hosting the kickoff ceremony in the parking lot of Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Van Buren, Chicago at 8:30 a.m., with the run beginning at 9 a.m.     This is more...

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Blizzard gave Cadet class early jump start on careers

By at May 10, 2011 | 5:14 pm | 0 Comment

Blizzard gave Cadet class early jump start on careers

A February blizzard that locked down the Cook County Jail due to a manpower shortage and power outage also pushed 31 new cadets into correctional officer duties far earlier than any of them anticipated – providing a moment of distinction and pride for those cadets set to graduate today,Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced Tuesday. Sheriff Dart will preside over more...

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Fallen Officers Honored in Memorial Ceromony

By at May 9, 2011 | 4:23 pm | 0 Comment

Fallen Officers Honored in Memorial Ceromony

Police officers and other law enforcement personnel from as many as sixty different departments are expected to attend the 10th Annual Cook County Peace Officers Memorial Foundation Ceremony on Tuesday, May 10th.  The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. and honors peace officers killed in the line of duty throughout Cook County.  The event will be held at the Cermak Woods Forest more...

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Sheriff’s Cadet class first to include benefits for veterans

By at April 14, 2011 | 3:07 pm | 0 Comment

Sheriff’s Cadet class first to include benefits for veterans

Graduation ceremonies are set for today for the first class of Cook County correctional officer cadets who qualify for financial benefits through the G.I. Bill, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today. Last month, the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs recognized the Sheriff of Cook County Training Academy as an approved site for benefits, meaning military veterans more...

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Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart to recognize dozens of deputies and officers

By at April 13, 2011 | 10:05 am | 0 Comment

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart to recognize dozens of deputies and officers

Deputies who ran into burning buildings, an officer who chased a shooter while off-duty and another whose productivity leads the entire department – even as he enters his 33rd year of work - are among those set to be honored at this year’s Cook County Sheriff’s Employee Awards and Recognition Ceremony, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today. The event, hosted by more...

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