Mayor Tiffany Henyard Under State Police Investigation Over Fake Police Vehicles (Thornton Twp) (via ECWd) – People should be able to trust that those operating vehicles displaying Municipal Police license plates and police equipment such as the lights used to pull people over, that there are legitimate law enforcement officers behind the wheel. Fake police cars further erode trust in the police. This is what is happening in Thornton Township.
We understand from a source that the State Police were at Thornton Township looking for those police cars this afternoon after having received a complaint about their unauthorized use. Channel 2 is at an event in Thornton Township this evening and they should be reporting something on this later tonight.
Thornton Township Supervisor Tiffany A. Henyard purchased two police vehicles using Thornton Township Highway Department funds after she was appointed to the position. This is an improper use of road district funds.
She also had Municipal Police license plates put on both of them. We understand one is for her use and the other is for the use of the City of Dolton’s Administrator and her personal bodyguard, among others. License plate numbers are MP 21 101 and MP 21 102. This, in our opinion and further explained below is fraudulent use of police equipment and license plates.
Both vehicles are registered in the name of Thornton Township.
In Illinois, townships are not permitted to have their own police departments – which also means they are not permitted to have their own police cars, let alone police cars with Municipal Police license plates on them.
Police officers have a duty to impound these vehicles and remove those license plates.
Here is the text of a complaint sent to the Secretary of State Police early this morning, which explains in detail which laws are alleged to be violated, and the fact that the vehicles should be impounded:
- “The public has a right to be secure in their dealings with public officials, especially when those public officials and employees are operating vehicles displaying Municipal Police license plates. Any question of the legitimacy of such vehicles and operators leads to public distrust of police. Misuse of Municipal Police license plates should never be tolerated.
Mayor Tiffany Henyard Under State Police Investigation Over Fake Police Vehicles