With strong support from State Senator Patrick Joyce (D-Essex), the Illinois Senate Democrats joined police advocates, Monday, to unveil a legislative package containing five House Bills, aimed at supporting law enforcement officers and process improvements in the correctional system. Joyce said, “Creating new grant opportunities, offering investigative resources and helping retain officers, will help protect the law enforcement community that protects us, every day”.
To support fair compensation across the state, House Bill 4228 requires a county sheriffs’ salary to equal at least 80% of the county’s state’s attorney’s salary. House Bill 3863 creates the Law Enforcement Recruitment and Retention Fund to support department hiring and training processes, as well as, improving retention strategies. Body cameras are critical tools keeping officers safe and ensure quality evidence thus, reducing agency liabilities. House Bill 4608 allows grant funding of data storage costs for valued video evidence retention.
In an effort to reduce recidivism, House Bill 4364 creates the Mental Health and Substance Use Prevention Fund allowing the Department of Human Services to offer programs in county jails for incarcerated individuals or those recently discharged. House Bill 3893 extends a sunset date for investigators to continue recording conversations for qualified sex and drug offenses from Jan. 1, 2023 to Jan. 1, 2027.
Joyce joined the Illinois Sheriff’s Association, the Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council, the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police and the Illinois State Police to express support for the package at Monday’s press conference. He plans to work with his Senate colleagues to advance the package before the scheduled April 8 adjournment.
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April 7, 2022 at 09:30AM