Attorney General Kwame Raoul announced on September 8, 2021 that he opened a civil investigation into the Joliet Police Department (JPD). The civil investigation follows requests made by the Joliet mayor and members of the Joliet City Council. The investigation will assess whether JPD engages in a pattern or practice of unconstitutional or unlawful policing.
The Attorney Generalís Office has jurisdiction to focus on broad, systemic problems with law enforcement agencies (called ďpatterns or practicesĒ) rather than individual incidents of potential police misconduct.
The Attorney Generalís office will take specific incidents into account during the investigation. The investigationís questions, findings and conclusions will be focused on whether systemic problems exist within the Joliet Police Department.
Career attorneys in the officeís Civil Rights and Special Litigation Bureaus will carry out the investigation, with assistance from experienced law enforcement, legal, and data experts. Attorney Generalís Office staff will also seek input from all areas of the Joliet community.
Community input is an important part of the Illinois Attorney General Officeís investigation of the Joliet Police Department. Please contact the Attorney Generalís Office if you would like to share your experiences, recommendations, or questions regarding policing in Joliet.
You can contact the office through the following means:
Please note that the Attorney Generalís Office does not have the authority to investigate or file individual complaints against JPD, nor can the Attorney Generalís Office give you legal advice or sue JPD on your behalf.
Please be aware that information and any documents the Attorney Generalís Office receives are subject to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and may be disclosed if requested, subject to the exemptions provided under FOIA, 5 ILCS 140/7 and 5 ILCS 140/7.5. However, the Attorney Generalís Office will not disclose any information that would reveal your identity (including your name, personal address, or personal phone number).
IN THE COMMUNITY
September 23, 2021
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