Jefferson-backed laws assisting law enforcement take effect Jan. 1

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Two new laws supported by state Rep. Charles Jefferson, D-Rockford, designed to aid the work and training of Illinois police agencies are set to take effect Jan. 1.

The officers who make up Illinois’ police force put their lives on the line every day to keep our communities safe,” Jefferson said. “These new laws will help ensure they have the resources and level of communication necessary to continue their service at a high level.”

House Bill 1529 creates the Retired Law Enforcement license plate. A portion of the funds from each set of plates purchased will be deposited into the new Illinois Sheriff’s Association Scholarship and Training Fund, which will help provide scholarships to attend the Illinois Teen Institute, now known as the Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute, which works to educate students and prevent substance abuse and other addictive behavior among teens. Funding is also provided for scholarships to accredited colleges and universities for law enforcement training and programs designed to benefit teens and the elderly.

House Bill 2893 creates the Crimes Against Officers Advisory program through the Illinois State Police. The program allows law enforcement to rapidly communicate information with the public and other agencies about a person who is suspected of committing or attempting to commit certain violent crimes against a police officer.

House Bill 1529 received strong bipartisan support in the General Assembly last spring, and House Bill 2893 passed the House and Senate unanimously.

It’s critical that when crimes against law enforcement are committed or attempted, law enforcement have the resources to enlist the help of the public and other agencies to bring the offenders to justice,” Jefferson said. “Just as important is the need to equip the next generation of law enforcement with the training they will need to keep our communities safe.”

Posted Dec. 23, 2013

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