Hanover Township recently hosted the graduation of more than 20 seniors from the Cook County Sheriff's Senior Law Enforcement Academy.
The six-week program gives seniors an overview of the responsibilities of law enforcement agencies in Cook County. The curriculum offers participants an in-depth look at law enforcement agency operations and specific crime prevention methods such as personal safety, gang and drug awareness, home protection and avoiding scams and con games.
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In a month or so, the group of graduates will visit the Cook County boot camp facility near the Criminal Courts building at 26th and California streets in Chicago.
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, state Rep. Fred Crespo of Hoffman Estates and the Hanover Township Triad, a collaboration of seniors, senior services and law enforcement, sponsored the program.
"This is a product of different agencies really working together," Crespo said. "There's so much we can do together with that synergy."
Hanover Township Supervisor Brian McGuire said the township hasn't hosted the Senior Police Academy in several years, but he envisions it will be offered once or twice a year from now on.
"One goal is for seniors to have a much better understanding of law enforcement and feel comfortable reporting crimes, especially confidence crimes," McGuire said.
The graduates, all Hanover Township residents, are Shirley Ballard, Rosemarie Bart, Harvey Bechler, Linda Bechler, Kay Donaldson, Dorothy Dorman, Barbaryan Dudek, Barbara Estrada, June Euliano, Dorothy Foster, Frances Garcia, Jennifer Hart, Ada Sue Hill, Darrell Jansen, Diane Keyes, Rosemary Nitz, Mary Nore, Shirley Stinsa, Loretta Tevis, Wenter Tsai and Luanne Widzisz.