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’50 Shades of Blue’ Gala to raise money for Special Olympics

By Dan Campana

Crisis Intervention International named DuPage County Sheriff’s Chief Anthony Romanelli its Police Chief of the Year during the organization’s 30th annual conference earlier this month.

Romanelli earned the prestigious recognition for helping establish and develop the sheriff’s office’s crisis intervention team program. He also oversaw the agency’s pilot class in 2016. According to the sheriff’s office, Romanelli’s dedication led to it being one of only two CIT programs certified by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.  Since its inception, DuPage County’s CIT program has trained and certified more than 350 law enforcement officers.

Additionally, Romanelli worked with the DuPage County Health Department to create and implement the county’s Post Crisis Response Team which aims to connect individuals with mental health issues to beneficial services and continued support. It also helps build positive relationships between law enforcement and those struggling with behavioral health or substance abuse issues.

“I congratulate Chief Romanelli on this well-deserved award. His dedication and steadfast approach to the implementation of the sheriff’s office CIT program is nothing short of exemplary,” Sheriff John Zaruba said.

Carpentersville police to host ‘50 Shades of Blue Gala’

Carpentersville police and law enforcement supporters will break out their formal wear finest for an October wedding-style fundraiser.

The “50 Shades of Blue Gala” to benefit the Illinois Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Illinois is scheduled for Oct. 27 at the Randall Oakes Golf Club and Banquets. An $80 ticket includes dinner and an open bar, and attendees can participate in raffles and bid on items during a silent auction, according to Carpentersville Police Officer Joe Pilarski.

For more information, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/50-shades-of-blue-gala-tickets-47304115884 or contact Pilarski at jpilarski@cville.org.

Naperville police presents ‘Paws on Patrol’

Naperville police are rolling out a new community watch program that gets dog-walking residents involved in sniffing out crime.

“Paws on Patrol” offers community members training on how to identify and report suspicious activity they come across while out and about with their dogs.

“You and your four-legged friend can help curb crime in Naperville while out ‘on patrol’ in your neighborhood,” the department states in a flyer for two upcoming information meetings on the initiative scheduled for Wednesday at the Naperville Public Library and Naperville City Hall.

For more information, visit www.naperville.il.us/pawsonpatrol.