Wednesday, May 4, 2016 || By Michael Romain
At a board meeting late last month, Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley presented to the village’s trustee board a progress report for the first quarter of this year.
Talley reported a slight reduction in the number of service calls, felony arrests and misdemeanor arrests despite a roughly 14 percent reduction in premise checks from the fourth quarter last year — largely as a result of enhanced patrol to address a spike in burglaries and robberies in the village.
Talley said the reduced service call reductions signify “that we’re dealing with crimes.” He said reduced criminal activity translated into fewer calls related to crimes in progress, although the chief didn’t provide more specific data (such as raw numbers on specific crimes reported and a number of total crimes reported from the last quarter and from the present one) to flesh out that claim.
“Crime still occurs,” Talley noted at the April 27 meeting, “but these figures represent great improvement.”
Talley also touted the department’s improved homicide clearance rate for the first quarter, with the police solving two homicides that happened in January in the same month they occurred.
“We’re still looking to decrease violent crime by increasing narcotic and enforcement activities,” Talley said, adding that he hopes to reinstate a gang tactical unit in May pending the department’s successful acquisition of grant money for a commander to lead the team.
Among other plans to fight the proliferation of gangs and drugs in Maywood, Talley noted the renewal of an intergovernmental agreement between the village and Cook County for sheriff’s deputies to provide extra enforcement, the removal of eight unlawful firearms from village streets in the first quarter and the transition toward a 12-hour schedule for officers, which the chief has noted would work to increase residential and business checks in the community.
Talley also said the department obtained an $11,500 grant to help fund the costs of acquiring accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, considered the gold standard in law enforcement accreditation.
Talley said the grant allows the department to begin the three-year assessment process required for the accreditation.
“Once the assessment is completed, we will be one of three law enforcement agencies in west suburban Illinois that have that gold standard,” he said. “That exemplifies professionalism commensurate with our age of 135 years as an agency and it also stimulates economic development, because who wouldn’t want to participate in a town that has an accredited law enforcement agency.”
Late last month, the Maywood Board of Trustees approved the purchase of a speed trailer, which is basically a sign that tracks how fast drivers in the area are going. Talley said the department is hoping to obtain the sign sometime in August.
Maywood swears-in newest police officer
New Maywood Police Officer Sean Earley, center, with his field training officer Patrick Reilly, left, and Sgt. Daryl Fairley. | Courtesy Maywood Police Department
At the April 27 meeting, Talley swore in new officer Sean Earley, who the chief noted was “one of the very few who took the certification exam and passed on the first try, which is quite an accomplishment.”
According to a Maywood Police Department statement on its Facebook post, “On March 25, 2016 Officer Sean Early successfully completed his training at the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy that is held on the campus of the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL.
“Officer Early will begin the 12 week Field Training Program on Monday, March 28, 2016. Officer Early will be assigned to Field Training Officer (FTO) Peppers on the evening shift.”
Maywood Police Officer receives service award
Officer Pirsia Allen, a longtime community policing officer with the Maywood Police Department, received the Community Service Award from Hope Tabernacle Baptist Church in Forest Park last month.
The church’s pastor, Rev. William Teague, praised Allen’s active presence in Proviso Township. Allen, an ordained minister at Proviso Baptist Church, is a member of the Proviso Township Ministerial Alliance Network (PTMAN), where he heads up numerous outreach programs at local schools throughout the western suburbs.
Photo left: Rev. Teague, Officer Allen and Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley were present at the April 17 ceremony in Forest Park.
Maywood Board approves FY 2016 budget, brings Cook County Sheriff back into town
At an April 19 regular meeting, the Maywood Board of Trustees approved a roughly $37 million operating budget for the 2016 fiscal year. As required by law, the budget was balanced.
The board also voted to renew an agreement with the Cook County Sheriff’s Department that designates an Independent Inspector General (OIG) for Maywood, a position the board unanimously authorized in March 2013 “to promote honest and effective government” and to whom residents “can turn to for assistance in eliminating both the fact and the appearance of fraud, corruption, and unethical activates in village government,” according to a recent draft ordinance.
The agreement was effective for one year before the agreement expired in July 2014.VFP
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