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Forest Park Mayor Anthony Calderone Address the Gathering
Oak Park Journal photo by Paul McKenna

Forest Park Funded Programs
Oak Park Funded Programs
River Forest Funded Programs
Total Funds Since the Start of BADGE
All Municipalities Funded Programs

B.A.D.G.E. keep it going! 
It just makes cents (& dollars).
By Paul McKenna

On Sunday October 13th, Village Officials from 10 different suburbs gathered
together in Forest Park to show their support to Cook County Board President
John Stroger, Jr. & The Judicial Advisory Council of Cook County, and more
specifically, the federally funded program called B.A.D.G.E., which stands for
Balanced Approach to Drug & Gang Elimination. There was a strong showing
of support for the BADGE program, which is apparently in danger of being cut
by Congress in next year’s federal budget. Kids wearing all colors of BADGE
shirts, adults in BADGE caps, and cops & firemen in uniform, were there to
nod and agree that the BADGE program is working and will continue to rescue
kids from the dangers of drugs and gang influence, as long as Congress sees
fit to allow it. 

“It’s a good thing they’ve got going,” says Cory Cooper, a Maywood Police
detective. Cooper works after his shift is done on a volunteer basis to keep 
the kids out of trouble. “Anything we can do to prevent them getting started 
on the wrong road, we’ve got to do. Badge works, I’ll testify to that.” Cooper
added that over 160 kids in Maywood are involved in the after school program
that basically keeps them out of trouble through the teen years when their
adult life styles are forming. 

After a short speech from Forest Park Mayor, Anthony Calderone, indicating
the need to keep BADGE in the Federal budget, John Stroger, Jr. the Cook 
County Board President, who was raised in a severely economically challenged
area of Chicago took the stage and lectured some of the kids standing in the
front rows. “With the way our records today are kept on computers, you kids 
have to realize, if you get into trouble, your record is going to stay with you the
rest of your lives. Every job, you apply for is going to see your record.
Keep it clean!” 
 


John Stroger, Jr. the Cook County Board President
Poses with the Youth
Oak Park Journal photo by Paul McKenna


Stroger should be able to shed some light on what works and what doesn’t
work in our society. He is a former schoolteacher and also used to head 
Cook County Jail. BADGE was and is his baby since its inception in 1997.
“It’s just like preventative maintenance,” he says. “You can spend it now, or
spend it later when the kids grow up. If they get into trouble, it’s going to cost
us more in taxes down the road. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of
cure.” No truer words have ever been spoken. 

Stroger went on to tell a story about a priest who would teach the kids after
school how to play football. After they were leaving he would slip a book
under their arms and ask them to read it. The priest would ask them about
it later. “He was mixing fun and education,” Stroger says, which is one of
BADGE’s main goals.’

James O’Rourke, the Executive Director of the Cook County Judicial Advisory
Council, which over sees BADGE, seemed to put this in perspective. “We
have three goals,” he says:  Mix together kids & cops- makes sense, cops
do make good role models.  Whip up some fun, mixed with learning- also 
makes sense. If you can combine these two as any teacher will tell you,
“learning becomes easy.” 

Have juvenile crimes decrease, so will our expenditures in the judicial &
prison systems go down- makes cents (and dollars). Think about it. If the
estimates are right, that it costs approximately $45,000 per year to clothe, 
feed, and maintain each and every prisoner in our jails, if we can keep a
few kids from going the wrong way, we will save a lot of money. “It’s sad,”
O’Rourke commented, “but it can be cheaper to send our kids to college
than it can be to send them to prison.” Ironic, huh?

Speaking of numbers, the BADGE program allows $100,000 for each of
the 24 municipalities involved. The Judicial Advisory Board advises the 
community BADGE leaders, mostly Police Departments, with guidelines
as to how use the funds. Here is how Oak Park has used the BADGE
Funds last year: 


Portable Climbing Wall, mounted to a truck.
The kids loved it.
Oak Park Journal photo by Paul McKenna



Here is how Forest Park has used its BADGE funds last year: 
FOREST PARK POLICE DEPARTMENT

Program description and goals: The Village of Forest Park used
Project B.A.D.G.E. funding for two programs:

PEER (education and recreation) and  PIPE (enforcement), both described
 in detail, below.

The programs endeavored to promote protective factors, such as
positive adult and peer relationships, healthy beliefs, and clear
behavioral standards. The programs also sought to minimize the
community risk factors that could lead youth to make poor choices.
Forest Park's population is 15,688, with @ 31 % African-American,
8% Hispanic or Latino, 7% Asian, 52% white, and 3% other or two
or more races, per the 2000 U.S. Census.

PEER Funded services For youth: The Police Enhanced
Education and Recreation (PEER) Program took place 5 nights per
week during the summer months. This prevention program
employed educational and recreational activities to reduce juvenile
crime.

              Police-led educational Program: To build positive
               relationships between police officers and firefighters and the
               youth, 2 nights a week PEER featured educational programs,
               such as substance abuse prevention, anger management,
               health, and good citizenship. Police mentors, teachers, and
               invited speakers led the programs. The Red Cross certified
               youth in First Aid and CPR. Procare Social Services taught
               teens about consequences of early sexual activity, such as
               pregnancy, disease, and emotional impact.

               Police-supervised recreational events: PEER dedicated
               another 2 nights per week to officer-supervised recreational
               activities, such as volleyball, soccer, tennis, softball,
               basketball, swimming, climbing, camping, and self-defense.
               The Climb with a Cop rock climbing program taught
               appropriate risk-taking, trust building, teamwork, safety,
               leadership, and self-esteem. By way of incentive, the program
               offered Friday field trips for participants who maintained
               perfect attendance during the course of any given week, e.g.,
               to Disney Quest, Medieval Times, and White Sox baseball
               games.

               Junior Citizen's Police Academy: PEER included a Junior
               Citizen's Police Academy. Forest Park and River Forest
               Police instructed youth on evidence collection, self-defense,
               fingerprinting, arrest/booking procedures, judicial processes,
               and fire-extinguishing skills. They also discussed juvenile law,
               drug abuse and gangs. The program promoted cultural diversity,
               tolerance, and empathy. 

    PIPE Funded enforcement/community outreach: The Police
    Interactive Preventative Enforcement (PIPE) Program was a summer
    intervention program focusing on detection and investigation of juvenile
    crime, especially gang- and drug-related offenses and minors' possession
    and purchase of alcohol.

               Bicycle. motorcycle, and foot patrols: In the PIPE Program,
              Forest Park initiated interactive foot, bicycle, and motorcycle
              patrols as interactive patrols to minimize criminal
              opportunities, develop positive juvenile contacts, and use
              contacts as a forum for referrals.

              The patrols provided for expanded police coverage and
              enforcement, for example, in business districts where youth
              might otherwise obtain alcohol and in areas where tagging
              and graffiti had occurred.

              Referrals: PIPE featured police collaboration with local social
              service and community organizations for referral purposes.

              Bicycle registrations and neighborhood-friendly. community
              Policing:
              To promote positive interactions between police and youth,
              officers had friendly social contacts with youth and also
              registered youth's bicycles with the police department. The
              village received many positive comments from business
              owners about the foot patrol officers. Residents and youth
              were enthusiastic about bicycle and motorcycle patrol officers,
              whom they considered more approachable than officers in
              squad cars.

               Numbers served FFY1999: Approximately 100

              Positive outcomes:

              PEER: The village gave officers in PIPE's foot, bike and
              motorcycle patrols the responsibility of referring youth into the
              PEER program. PIPE officers had 103 youth complete
              contact cards, documenting that 103 youth were contacted
              and referred to the PEER program. About 40 youth formed
              the core group, participating in PEER programs on a
              consistent basis. Youth in PEER acquired an appreciation of
              the importance of practicing good citizenship, as evidenced
              by pre- and post- program questionnaires.

              PIPE: Over the summer, officers in PIPE's foot, bike and
              motorcycle patrols had 84 contacts to deter and investigate
              crime, including 22 contacts with youth, 7 dram shop premise
              checks to deter sales of liquor to minors, 22 checks of 
              suspicious subjects, 7 encounters with intoxicated pedestrians
              and motorists, 1 contact with minor with alcohol, and 25 calls 
              for service.

Police reports of juvenile trouble in the summer months in FFY 1999 were
only about half what they had been the year before. In the summer months
(06/01-08/31) of 2001 (FFY1999), police recorded 26 reports of juvenile trouble
(contacts, investigations and quasi-criminal offenses), as compared to 49 the
summer of 2000, and 37 the summer of 1999.

Juvenile summertime arrests in FFY l999 were slightly higher than in
FFY1998 and somewhat lower than in FEYI 997. In the summer (6/01-08/31) of
2001 (FFY1999), police recorded 17 criminal cases cleared by juvenile arrest, as
compared to 15 in the summer of 2000, and 20 in the summer of 1999.

Forest Park targeted areas where there had been tagging and graffiti prior
to Project B.A.D.G.E. In FFY1999, PIPE's police patrols eliminated graffiti
incidents in the targeted areas.

The Forest Park Police Department's yearly comparison report revealed:

          a 46% decrease in misdemeanor arrests from 860 in the year 2000
          to 466 in 2001; and a 34% decrease in felony arrests from 125 in 
          2000 to 82 in 2001.
          Note: FFY 1999 extended from October 1, 2000 to September 30,
          2001.

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Here is how Oak Park has used its BADGE funds last year: 
OAK PARK POLICE DEPARTMENT

 Program description and goals: The Village of Oak Park is a racially 
diverse area bordering on a  higher crime area. The Oak Park Police
Department devoted its funding primarily to prevention and intervention
programs for youth. Oak Park used LLEBG funds for a variety of purposes
described below. Oak Park's population is 52,524, with @ 66% white, 
22% African-American, 5% Hispanic or Latino, 4% Asian, and the
rest other races or two or more races, according to the 2000 U.S. Census.

Funded services for youth:

Police-sponsored recreational/educational programs: Oak Park instituted four programs
that each combined sports/recreation with educational components. The recreational
component provided constructive alternative activities for area youth. The educational
component incorporated educational presentations given by the village's health
department and focused on healthy choices (gang-, drug-, and pregnancy- prevention).

Health 'n Hoops for male and female teens was a basketball tournament, along with
a health and information fair focusing on prevention of drug and alcohol use,  pregnancy, 
and gang involvement.

Spikin' for Health Camp was a volleyball camp for 7th and 8th graders and a health and
information fair, with police officers teaching conflict resolution and imparting anti-gang
and anti-drug message.

Teen Aware offered recreational activities for 7th graders, along with conflict resolution
training and anti-gang and anti-drug messages.

In Police Basketball CamD, police served as basketball coaches, with anger management
and conflict resolution education offered to area youth, including at-risk youth. This
popular camp significantly improved the youth's attitudes toward police.

Court diversion program: Oak Park used funds to expand a court diversion program for juvenile
arrestees who committed crimes in Oak Park and River Forest, but who resided elsewhere.

Funded training: Juvenile officers attended police training classes on state-of-the-art methods
of interrogating juveniles. 

Funded enforcement/community outreach: Off-duty officers were hired to increase patrols at
parks and playgrounds in summer months.

Funded law enforcement equipment purchases: Oak Park purchased a school resource
officer vehicle.

Numbers served FFY1999: 247

Positive outcomes:

Prevention: 

The prevention programs that combined recreation with education
increased youth's understanding of the importance of developing healthy 
habits, making positive choices, and avoiding illegal drugs and gangs.
The programs resulted in an increased use of conflict resolution and anger 
management skills by     the youth. The programs served over 200 youth, as
well as parents and other family  members that attended the health and
informational fairs.

Enforcement: Patrol enhancement at parks and playgrounds in summer months 
resulted in the following:

1,251 park checks; 4 criminal arrests; citations for 12 ordinance violations; 
and 138 enforcement or service activities. The increased police presence, with
over 100 directed patrols per week at parks and playgrounds, contributed to a
low crime rate in the targeted areas.

Diversion: 6 of the 12 juvenile arrestees who enrolled in the diversion program (for
nonresident youth who committed crimes in Oak Park) successfully completed the
program and avoided going to Juvenile Court.

Equipment purchase: The new LLEBG-  funded vehicle enabled the school
resource officer to better perform his duties and facilitated travel between the
high school and two junior high schools to which he was assigned. Clearly
marked as being funded by Project B.A.D.G.E., the vehicle also  reinforced
the anti-gang, anti-drug messages of the program.

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Here is how River Forest has used its BADGE funds last year: 
RIVER FOREST POLICE DEPARTMENT

          o    Program description and goals: Project B.A.D.G.E. funded a
          variety of River Forest programs, described below. River Forest's
          population is 11,635, with @ 87% white, 5% African-American, 4%
          Hispanic or Latino, 3% Asian, and 1% other races and two or more
          races, according to the 2000 u.s. Census.

          o    Funded services for youth:

               o    Latchkey proaram: River Forest created an after-school
               program for latchkey youth. The program, supervised by
               police officers and/or a social worker, took place at a
               local library.

               o    Jr. Citizens Police and Fire Academy: River Forest's
               Police Department partnered with the Forest Park Police
               Department in sponsoring a Jr. Citizens Police and Fire
               Academy. This program enlightened youth about the
               many roles and responsibilities of police and fire
               department personnel. 16 River Forest youth and 14
               Forest Park youth participated in the program at the
               Academy. White, African-American, and Hispanic
               youngsters in the class formed positive relationships
               with each other, as well as with police and fire personnel.
               They learned about the history of police services,
               evidence collection, Illinois law, physical fitness, and self
               defense.

               o    Police-sponsored trips for youth: Over 100 youth
               participated in police-sponsored social and recreational
               trips, including a
               Wisconsin ski trip.

               o    Fest: The Clear Sky Festival, a community and family
               street event, publicized several initiatives underwritten
               with B.A.D.G.E. grant monies. The Festival featured a
               climbing wall, horse and carriage rides, a dunk tank, a
               moonwalk, a slide, clowns, a gospel choir, the Jesse
               White Tumblers, a disc jockey, and food vendors.

          o    Funded enforcement/community outreach:

               o    Bike patrols: The River Forest Police Department
               implemented bike patrols to enhance police presence in
               the community.

               Note:     River Forest's FFY1 999 Assessment pointed out a
               problem that was not uncommon in other Project
               B.A.D.G.E. sites, and that, therefore, deserves mention.
               River Forest noted that all officers were not available for
               overtime/hire back hours. This scheduling

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Supports of the program and kids that like the color purple.
Oak Park Journal photo by Paul McKenna

Okay, so if we can use Federal money, money that we gave the Federal 
government out of our hard-earned paychecks in the first place, to help our 
communities raise responsible, self relying young adults, who help us pay
those taxes in the years to come, rather than cost us through judicial expenses 
and prison up keep, why not? Why not support BADGE? Why not support 
John Stroger’s efforts to better our kids lives? Don’t let Congress pull the
plug on BADGE next spring. If they do, lets pull the plug on them come 
election time. 

Paul McKenna 







Board of Commissioners of Cook County   Contact:
118 North Clark Street   Director of Communications
Chicago, Illinois 60602  (312) 603-6400
John H. Stroger, Jr.     News 
(312)603-6999 FAX
     President Release   (312) 603-5255
     --For immediate Release--     Weekend contact: Caryn Stancik
     October13, 2002     312-689-4329 (pgr)

Stroger, Suburban Leaders Announce Push for Crime Fighting Funds
Successful Program Threatened by New Budget
Youths, Families, Communities Participate in Awareness celebration 

 Flanked by suburban mayors and police chiefs from communities throughout
 Cook County, President John Stroger announced his continued commitment to
 the County's BADGE (Balanced Approach to Drug and Gang Elimination)
 Program, and vowed to travel to Washington, D.C. to convince legislators to
 restore funds threatened by the proposed federal budget. The announcement
 took place during BADGE's awareness celebration in Forest Park on Sunday,
 October 13.

 The County program, initiated by President Stroger in 1997, is a balanced
 approach to fight crime through a combination of crime fighting and crime
 prevention programs to curb the spread of illegal drugs and gangs. BADGE is
 funded by the Local Law Enforcement Block Grant program, which provides
 needed federal funding at the local level for law enforcement equipment and
 crime-fighting initiatives.

 Since the program's inception, BADGE has provided services for more than
 90,000 young people in more than 27 municipalities throughout North, South and
 West suburban Cook County. BADGE provides $100,000 to each municipality for
 crime prevention and crime-fighting efforts.

 "Nearly $4.4 million in total, these funds support critical anti-crime programs for 
our suburban villages, covering all socioeconomic levels in 27 municipalities.
 We provide the guidelines and funding to the villages, allowing the local leaders
to determine the crime fighting tactics that are most effective for their  neighborhoods
," said President Stroger. "These programs are having a positive  impact in our
communities and on our children, We need these funds to  continue, or we
will pay a higher price in the future."

 Our greatest stipulation is that the police must work directly with at-risk
 children half of their funding must go toward those efforts. Our goal is to team 
diverse youth populations with law enforcement officers through athletic, 
educational and cultural activities," he added.

 County officials said that the new federal budget consolidates current grants
 into a new program, Justice Assistance Grants (JAG). The proposed JAG budget
 is $800 million nationwide--$ 195 million less than FFY2002 levels for these
 programs.

 County officials added that funds are disbursed based on geographical equity,
 as well as crime fighting statistics, analysis and strategy.

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Balanced Approach to Drug and Gang Elimination (B.A.D.G.E.)
                                 Fact Sheet
                      1998 through September 30, 2002

$100,000 provided to 27 municipalities annually: $50,000 towards crime fighting,
$50,000 towards crime prevention.

Over 90,000 young people received services under the array of programs.

Over 153,000 hours of law enforcement overtime was provided to the communities.

82 law enforcement vehicles purchased.

More than 5,000 guns removed from the streets.

Made south suburban 911 a reality.

Provided suburbs with Reverse 911 Systems to warn elderly of con games being
perpetrated in their neighborhoods, notify authorities and residents of missing
children, and other critical programs.

Specialized sting operations broke up neighborhood burglar rings turning household
items into cash used to purchase drugs.

Specialized training for numerous law enforcement officers in emergency response
methodologies targeting various community based environments including local
schools.

Community youth coordinated activities including athletic, educational and cultural 
activities. These programs are supervised by police and fire fighters and are 
designed to bring together diverse youth populations.

Peer mentoring programs in economically challenged neighborhoods.

Highly educated and specially trained field youth outreach workers in areas of high
drug and gang activity have been made possible.

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SUMMARY OF LLEBG / B.A.D.G.E. PROGRAMS FFY 2000

Cook County's Project B.A.D.G.E. (the Balanced Approach to Drug and Gang
Elimination) is crucial to police and citizens in suburban Cook County. Project 
B.A.D.G.E. depends on federal Local Law Enforcement Block Grant funds 
administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of
Justice.  Brief program descriptions for participating cities, towns, and
villages appear below.

Arlington Heights: Police officers led anti-drug and anti-gang educational initiatives
for youth in the community. The program also featured specialized saturation patrols
in high crime, high gang activity areas; school resource officer posting for 2 
community high schools; and intensive supervision of habitual juvenile offenders in
the community (SHOCAP).

Bellwood: The Fire and Police Athletic League was the primary recipient of B.A.D.G.E.
funds. This program provided athletic leagues for young people 11 - 17 years old. 
Additional funding went to a Safe Haven program for 11 - 17 year-old youth. This
program provided drama, music, and art programs. Educational and recreational
field trips were also provided.

Berwyn: Police officers supervised recreational/educational events for area youth 
and developed an anti-gang tactical unit.

Bridgeview: Police increased bike patrols in high activity areas and provided a school
liaison officer to 4 local high schools. Youth outreach included a 2-night massive
community camp-out providing security and special programs on healthy life choices
(no drugs / no violence) and enhanced police presence at local festivals where
previous gang activity had occurred.

Burbank: Police provided increased bike patrols in high crime areas via newly instituted
bike patrols and car patrols. Police officers made presentations to community groups
and distributed literature on the dangers of gangs and illegal drugs. Officers made
special presentations for high school age youth re. Ecstasy and Club drugs. Officers 
referred youth to social service agencies for counseling services.

Chicago Ridge: The Police Department continued its highly popular Identification Card 
Program. Police also supervised various recreational and educational activities focusing
on rewarding positive personal choices with regard to avoiding drugs and violence.

Elmwood Park: Police designed and installed 24 / 7 surveillance systems for the parks
within the Village of Elmwood Park. These systems, which appear in real time at the 
Police Department, have provided citizens with a level of security and protection not 
previously available.

Evanston: The Police Department contracted with a community-based organization
to provide outreach social worker services to youth in extremely high-risk areas. 
Services included education, reintegration counseling, social service agency referrals,
job placement referrals, and street level adult intervention discouraging risk-taking 
behavior, such as drug use, gang involvement and violence.

Ford Heights: The funding allowed the Village to implement an emergency dispatch
system for the Police and Fire Departments' service calls. This included the cost of
the equipment, training, certification, and seed funds for the salaries of emergency 
dispatch personnel.

Forest Park: The Police Department took a two-pronged approach to crime prevention.
First, the PIPE Program was an interactive police prevention program providing for the
detection and investigation of juvenile crime, especially drug-related offenses. Second,
in the PEER Program, police supervised educational and recreational activities,
including the Junior Citizen's Police Academy serving Forest Park and River Forest 
youth.

Harvey: The Police Department developed an early intervention summer program to 
help at-risk elementary school children avoid gateway drug use, gang affiliation and 
academic failure.

LaGrange Park: The Police Department employed a two-pronged program, which
was funded by Project B.A.D.G.E. The first initiative was an enhancement of the
Adopt-A-Cop Program, with over 300 hours of police officer overtime. The second
initiative included heightened police bicycle patrols and community policing activities.

Maywood: The core program was a Fire and Police Athletic League, including 
basketball, wrestling, and football. The Police / Fire Fighter staff provided mentoring
services to 11 - 17 year-old youth, while school teachers provided tutoring services
in an after-school program.

Melrose Park: The Police and Fire Athletic League provided athletic leagues for
young people in the community throughout the year.

North Riverside: The Police Department partnered with the village's recreational
department to organize dances for hundreds of young people. Police conducted 
weekend evening sweeps of high activity areas to impact actual and potential
gang-led activity. The Police Department purchased law enforcement equipment,
including a digital camera and night vision devices.

Oak Lawn: The Police Department extensively increased their bike patrol services
in the parks and purchased additional specialized police bicycles and a transportation
trailer. Due to these enhanced patrols, there was an increased interdiction in code,
traffic, and criminal violations.

Oak Park: The Police Department sponsored 4 summer educational and 
recreational programs: Health 'n Hoops, Spikin' for Health Camp, Teen Aware,
and Police Basketball Camps. Oak Park expanded its court diversion program.
Hire-back services increased patrols in the community parks and playgrounds.
B.A.D.G.E. also funded a school resource officer vehicle this past year.

Orland Park: The Police Department focused on school and recreational initiatives 
during this past year. A very large number of students participated in numerous 
activities / events stressing anti-drug and anti-violence life decisions. Additionally,
Orland Park purchased two undercover police vehicles and funded additional 
enforcement patrols throughout the community.

Palatine: Uniformed police officers organized and staffed two major outreach 
events targeting immigrant children, so that police could develop non-adversarial
relationships with the children and their parents. The Police Department funded
Friday night mentoring programs, which encompassed recreational, educational, 
and community service activities. With the advent of Rave Parties, police launched
additional enforcement details for these events within the community.

Prospect Heights: Police officers led after-school supportive programs, summer
youth athletic competitions, and community service programs. B.A.D.G.E. also
funded referrals to social workers for assessments, as well as individual / family
counseling services. The Police Department's special tactical unit undertook 
anti-gang / anti-drug initiatives.

River Forest: B.A.D.G.E. funded a Latchkey Program staffed by off-duty police 
officers, a Jr. Citizens Police and Fire Academy, other educational/recreational 
activities for area youth, and bike patrols covering locations not accessible to
motorized patrol vehicles.

Rolling Meadows: The Police Department trained students in reality-based crime
deterring experiences. An after-school program operated by a social worker and
citizen volunteers provided a safe, structured environment for homework, crafts 
and recreational activities. Police implemented supplemental narcotic and gang
suppression enforcement activities in the summer months.
 

Skokie: B.A.D.G.E. funded the Peer Jury program, which targeted youth who
have violated Village ordinances related to alcohol, tobacco, truancy, disorderly 
conduct, and curfew. Skokie also used funding to enhance bike patrol activities,
to purchase equipment for the Police Department's social workers and SWAT
Team, and to provide for 8 in-car video camera systems.

Stickney: The Police instituted a community-based "Walk & Talk" program,
featuring police officers on foot patrols initiating personal contact with citizens 
of all ages. The B.A.D.G.E. grant also funded a tactical team for targeted areas
with perceived gang and drug problems. Equipment purchases included 5 in-car 
computers, a police vehicle, and other personal safety equipment.

Summit: The Police Department funded 10 community-based initiatives:
children's identification program, job bank, basketball league, gym and swim,
educational field trips, T.A.L.E.S. reading program, FUN Fest, juvenile
alcohol/tobacco prevention initiative, a truancy prevention program, and an
adolescent substance abuse program. In addition, the Police Department
purchased safety equipment and conducted enhanced DUI enforcement 
during targeted hours and seasons.

Westchester: The Police Department purchased and installed state-of-the-art 
security systems in 3 local schools in FFY2000. The Police increased bike
patrols and provided officers and command staff with tactical exercises
on rapid response to high-risk situations in schools. The Police also held a
number of events for local young people, including DARE swim night, end-
of-the-year school picnic, basketball, water sports, dancing, and a "Cop 
versus Kids" softball tournament.

Wheeling: The Police Department used B.A.D.G.E. funding for 4 key programs: 
(1) an outreach program for at-risk youth; (2) RAD, a program teaching verbal 
and physical counter-measures for dealing with gang intimidation, posturing, 
and threatening behavior; (3) the VISION program, which included volunteer
-based citizen patrols reporting crimes and suspicious behavior; and (4) a
reverse 911 broadcast system for mass dissemination of emergency
information.

Wilmette: The Police Department purchased and installed security systems 
in 2 schools located in the Village. The Police also used funding for training in
school-based Rapid Deployment Reaction Programs for all schools in the
Village, for rapid response equipment, i.e., ballistic helmets and shields, and
for a patrol vehicle.

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