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Downers Grove cop to be honored for domestic violence work

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Downers Grove police Sgt. Joel Marquez will be honored Wednesday for his work educating officers on domestic violence situations.

Marquez will accept the 2014 Law Enforcement Award from the Illinois State Bar Association at 1 p.m. in the DuPage County Administration Building auditorium.

Marquez was nominated for this year's award, which recognizes police officers for "conduct that promotes justice and to distinguish those individuals whose service to the public brings honor and respect to the entire criminal justice system," by DuPage Judge Robert J. Anderson.

Marquez has been a member of the DuPage County Family Violence Coordinating Council since 2009 and organized a number of training sessions on domestic violence for county law enforcement officers.

"Historically, it has been easy for law enforcement to minimize the impact of this crime as a family matter," Anderson wrote in his nomination letter. "(Marquez) has vigorously worked to educate his fellow law enforcement officers on the impact of this crime on the children and families in our county."

Marquez could not be reached for comment.

The 32,000-member Illinois State Bar Association provides professional services to Illinois lawyers, as well as education and services to the public.

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