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Joliet Exchange Club names Officer of the Year

By Dan Campana

Joliet Police Officer Johnathan Rutkowski recently picked up the Joliet Exchange Club’s annual Officer of the Year award for his “exceptional” work.

According to the department, Rutkowski made 105 arrests, wrote 687 traffic citations and responded to nearly 1,300 calls for service last year.

Rutkowski, 24, was nominated for the “exceptional manner” in which he works, communicates and shows patience and compassion in serving the community. He was also recognized for a level of knowledge and skills that have him on a career path toward a leadership role in the future.

“We are proud of his efforts to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Joliet,” the department wrote in a Facebook post.

Street to be named for Park Forest Officer Tim Jones

The Park Forest Village Board is expected to mark Tim Jones Day on Monday by naming a portion of a local street after the police officer who was seriously injured while on duty two years ago.

“Honorary Officer Tim Jones Way” will cover a stretch of Lakewood Boulevard in honor of Jones, who continues to recover from a March 19, 2016, shooting that left him critically wounded. Jones was responding to a report of a break-in at a vacant building when an offender opened fire on officers.

The street-renaming resolution sent to the board for consideration states Jones “made an invaluable sacrifice and has become an example of tremendous resiliency.” Naming the street for Jones will “both honor that sacrifice and his example to the community,” the resolution states.

Tim Jones Day in Park Forest coincides with the two-year anniversary of the shooting. The community has adopted #TimStrong as its way of rallying behind Jones, who continues his recovery. Shirts and other items with the hashtag are available for purchase through the department, according to a Facebook post.

Naperville police plan victim services fair

The Naperville Police Department and the Chicago FBI will team up on April 11 for an information fair to raise awareness about the rights of crime victims and the services available to them.

The fair will run as an open house at North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall lobby with various organizations and resources available to the public, as well as two programs inside the concert hall.

At 9:30 a.m., Family Shelter Service will discuss the truths and myths regarding domestic violence. At 10 a.m., Chris Baker, founder of the non-profit INK 180, will explain how he provides his time, supplies and artwork free of charge to survivors of human trafficking, domestic violence and self-harm, as well as to former gang members trying to get their lives back on track.

“This event empowers those who have been victimized by crime to know their rights by providing access to countless local, regional and national resources,” Naperville Police Chief Robert Marshall said. “We’re glad to offer this opportunity in conjunction with the FBI and are hopeful that a lot of people will stop by to learn more about the multitude of services and resources available to help them in their recovery.”

The fair, which occurs during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.