Cook County Sheriff Creates Carjacking Database, Maywood Joins Effort

Thursday, June 7, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews 

In an effort to address the recent uptick in carjackings across the city and suburbs, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office has created a database that it hopes will help law enforcement agencies investigate and solve the crimes.

Back in April, the sheriff’s office sent a letter to Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley, requesting the police department’s participation in the new database.

Brad Curry, the chief operating officer with county sheriff, explained in the letter that the database “will contain the name, personal information of the offender (if available), social media information, the offense, criminal charge, criminal history and any other information deemed critical.”

Curry stated that the sheriff’s office hopes that local police departments will “notify our office as soon as you have completed our reports, or have suspect information of a carjacking.”

He added that the office has extended the invitation “to all law enforcement agencies in Cook County and collar counties to share this information in an effort to centralize the data as a source of reference.”

Local departments may report their carjacking data to a communications center in the sheriff’s office, Curry said.

“By having this information available in one central location it will aid in identifying trends and patterns in order to help combat this growing issue,” he explained. “Your agency can receive this data as often as you would like.”

On May 6, Talley confirmed that his department has agreed to participate in the database. Data on carjacking incidents this year in Maywood was not immediately available.

According to the department’s annual report, presented in January, the number of motor vehicle thefts in the village held steady from 2015 to 2017. There were 98, 89 and 93 in 2015, 2016 and 2017, respectively. There was no data available in the report explicitly referencing carjackings.

The decision by the sheriff’s office to create a database is just the latest in a string of measures implemented by governments and agencies to address carjackings.

In Chicago, where nearly 1,000 carjackings took place in 2017 — the most in the city in roughly a decade, according to police — city law enforcement officials partnered with federal authorities to create a task force on carjackings in February.

And state lawmakers have proposed a series of bills, some of them controversial (see here and here), designed to confront the rise in carjackings, which law enforcement authorities says is driven by young offenders. VFP 

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