Forest Park Mayor Anthony Calderone Address
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
All Municipalities Funded Programs
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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
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
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
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
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
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
Numbers served FFY1999: Approximately 100
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
Police reports of juvenile trouble in the summer months in FFY 1999
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
(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)
2001 (FFY1999), police recorded 17 criminal cases cleared by juvenile
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
to Project B.A.D.G.E. In FFY1999, PIPE's police patrols eliminated
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
Note: FFY 1999
extended from October 1, 2000 to September 30,
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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
diverse area bordering on a higher crime area. The Oak Park
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.
Funded services for youth:
Police-sponsored recreational/educational programs: Oak Park instituted
that each combined sports/recreation with educational components. The
component provided constructive alternative activities for area youth.
component incorporated educational presentations given by the village's
department and focused on healthy choices (gang-, drug-, and pregnancy-
Health 'n Hoops for male and female teens was a basketball tournament,
a health and information fair focusing on prevention of drug and alcohol
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
training and anti-gang and anti-drug messages.
In Police Basketball CamD, police served as basketball coaches, with
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
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
Numbers served FFY1999: 247
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
management skills by the youth. The programs
served over 200 youth, as
well as parents and other family members that attended the health
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,
over 100 directed patrols per week at parks and playgrounds, contributed
low crime rate in the targeted areas.
Diversion: 6 of the 12 juvenile arrestees who enrolled in the diversion
nonresident youth who committed crimes in Oak Park) successfully completed
program and avoided going to Juvenile Court.
Equipment purchase: The new LLEBG- funded vehicle enabled the
resource officer to better perform his duties and facilitated travel
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
the anti-gang, anti-drug messages of the program.
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is how River Forest has used its BADGE funds last year:
RIVER FOREST POLICE DEPARTMENT
Program description and goals: Project B.A.D.G.E. funded a
variety of River
Forest programs, described below. River Forest's
11,635, with @ 87% white, 5% African-American, 4%
Latino, 3% Asian, and 1% other races and two or more
to the 2000 u.s. Census.
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
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
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.
Funded enforcement/community outreach:
o Bike patrols: The River Forest Police Department
implemented bike patrols to enhance police presence in
Note: River Forest's FFY1 999 Assessment pointed
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
Board of Commissioners of Cook
118 North Clark Street
Director of Communications
Chicago, Illinois 60602
John H. Stroger, Jr.
Release (312) 603-5255
immediate Release-- Weekend contact: Caryn Stancik
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,
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
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
"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
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,"
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
County officials added
that funds are disbursed based on geographical equity,
as well as crime fighting
statistics, analysis and strategy.
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Approach to Drug and Gang Elimination (B.A.D.G.E.)
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
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
Specialized sting operations
broke up neighborhood burglar rings turning household
items into cash used to purchase
Specialized training for numerous
law enforcement officers in emergency response
methodologies targeting various
community based environments including local
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
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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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
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
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
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
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
Harvey: The Police Department
developed an early intervention summer program to
help at-risk elementary school
children avoid gateway drug use, gang affiliation and
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
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
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
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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