Hazel Crest Deputy Police Chief earns prestigious certification

Hazel Crest Deputy Police Chief earns prestigious certification
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Hazel Crest Deputy Police Chief earns prestigious certification (Hazel Crest, IL) – The Village of Hazel Crest held their last meeting for the month of October. Honoring legacies, recognizing accomplishments and helping residents save money were the main focuses of the meeting.

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The beginning of Hazel Crest Village President’s Vernard L. Alsberry Jr. report was a resolution honoring Victor K. Dobbins Sr., a 27-year resident of Hazel Crest. Dobbins Sr. is remembered favorably among his community through his service  as the Chairman of the Planning & Zoning Committee, and as a husband, father and good neighbor. Dobbins Sr. died on October 5.

Following the resolution, a proclamation was given recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month in the village of Hazel Crest. The month honors the anniversary of independence of several Latin American countries.

The highlight of the meeting was Deputy Chief Dale Mitchell receiving his certification as an eligible Police Chief by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police. The credential is awarded after an intensive written test, interviews, and a point-based system around professional experience.

Hazel Crest Deputy Police Chief earns prestigious certification
Hazel Crest Deputy Police Chief earns prestigious certification

According to Village Police Chief Mitchell R. Davis III, only an estimated 200 individuals have achieved the certification since its inception.

“You have demonstrated a high level of competence, professional excellence, and community service, and have achieved the standards of performance in areas of leadership, management, public relations and ethics,” said Chief Mitchell as he read the plaque.

The final item on the agenda for the Mayor’s report concerned transportation for residents of Hazel Crest and other southland communities. Aldophu Al Kindle, Special Assistant for Cook County presented information about the Fair Transit Cook County Pilot Program. The program will improve transit service and lower costs by 50% for the residents of the south side of Chicago, south suburban Cook and north Will Counties.

“Our studies show that the southland has a longer commute too and from work and another commute to job opportunities than anywhere else in Cook County,” stated Kindle.

The program will include Pace 352 Halsted and Metra Electric and Rock Island lines.

During Village Manager Dante Sawyer’s report, mentioned two items to help qualifying residents save money: energy assistance kits and for low income household water program.

The items included in the kits are a power strip, LED light bulbs, and a special shower head to help save $79 a year. The kits are available through December 31. Eligible individuals for the water program can receive up to $1500 for overdue bills.

Director of Public Works Charles Dryer reassured the Board and residents about the strength of Hazel Crest’s water system. Some of the precautions in place are generators being placed on yearly maintenance program; water valves tested yearly; speaking to other local towns about cross-connections within the system and other upgrades to improve the system.

This proactive response is due to the recent unfortunate water pressure issues in neighboring suburb of Dixmoor.

Other items on the agenda included:

  • Motion to authorize the lease and/or purchase of ambulances
  • Motion to adopt Resolution 12-2021 authorizing the Village of Hazel Crest to request the right to obtain tax deeds to the Cook County No Cash Bid

Hazel Crest Deputy Police Chief earns prestigious certification

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