Gov. Blagojevich recognizes Village of Lemont with PATH Award for public safety efforts
Lemont officials instrumental in the development of the Illinois Citizen Law Enforcement Analysis and Reporting System
LEMONT– Governor Rod R. Blagojevich today awarded the People Are Today’s Heroes (PATH) Award to the Village of Lemont for the community’s extraordinary efforts to increase public safety by working with the Illinois State Police (ISP) in the implementation of the Illinois Citizen Law Enforcement Analysis and Reporting System (ICLEAR) initiative.
“The Village of Lemont has become part of today’s heroes for their hard work that will help make sure their residents live in a safer and more secure town,” said Gov. Blagojevich. “Their work with ICLEAR will help our law enforcement agencies increase public safety in Chicago’s South Suburban area.”
The Governor’s PATH Award recognizes groups or individuals who, through their hard work and commitment, have improved the lives of people in their community in the areas of health care, public safety, education and economic development.
The village of Lemont has taken a leadership role in the development of ICLEAR. Through the commitment of Lemont officials, Illinois continues to make great strides in building this new and innovative system which will ultimately provide Illinois’s law enforcement community with access to real-time, potentially lifesaving information. Since most of the federal funding for this project is earmarked for local law enforcement, Lemont agreed not only to be a leader on the ICLEAR Oversight Board but also to assume significant fiduciary and logistic responsibility for the project. While it is not normally the responsibility of a village to spearhead a statewide police records system, the foresight of Lemont’s leadership recognized the significance and consequently, stepped up to the plate.
Although initially launched with the Chicago Police Department, ICLEAR has been expanded statewide to benefit all Illinois law enforcement agencies. The system will allow officers to share intelligence and information in real time. For instance, if an officer has a traffic stop in Geneva, he’ll be able to compare information gathered by other officers in previous contacts in other cities with the same individual. The system greatly reduces the time lapse for sharing this often-critical information.
Through I-CLEAR, Illinois’ criminal justice community will be able to share arrest and crime incident information from everywhere in the state, giving law enforcement the analytical tools they need to more effectively solve crimes. No longer will criminal information be held in individual silos, unavailable to the officers who need it most. Through the groundbreaking capabilities of I-CLEAR, police officers in communities throughout Illinois will be empowered to solve crime faster and keep the people of Illinois safer.
Under the direction of Lemont Mayor John F. Piazza, Village Administrator Gary Holmes, and Police Chief Kevin Shaughnessy, the Village of Lemont has taken a leadership role in the development of ICLEAR. Through their commitment, Illinois continues to make great strides in building this new and innovative system which will ultimately provide Illinois’s law enforcement community with access to real-time, potentially lifesaving information.
“It’s a great pleasure to present this award to the Village of Lemont as recognition for having the vision and forethought needed in supporting the effort to bring the technological advances of the ICLEAR Program to law enforcement, not only in Lemont, but to officers throughout the state of Illinois,” said Illinois State Police Director Larry G. Trent, who presented the PATH Award to Mayor Piazza on behalf of Gov. Blagojevich.
“Lemont is proud and honored to team-up with the Illinois State Police and their long tradition of outstanding service to the people of Illinois. It is a great tribute to our police department that they have been chosen to participate in a program that uses the cutting edge of technology to protect and serve our citizens,” said Lemont Mayor Piazza.