In response to the number of people wanting to assist law enforcement officials and build a stronger partnership in the fight against crime, Kendall County Sheriff Dwight Baird announced Friday that Kendall County citizens are invited to become associate members of the Illinois Sheriff's Association.
The membership program was formed to provide citizens with an opportunity to lend their support to more effective law enforcement and to help local law enforcement officers protect the lives and property of others.
"As the need for building stronger public-private law enforcement partnerships in this county continues to escalate, programs such as this continue to grow in importance," Baird said. "I encourage everyone receiving a membership appeal to consider joining forces with us by becoming an associate member. It is a valuable investment in the future."
Membership appeals will go out through the mail shortly. Those choosing to join the voluntary program can do so for as little as $20, while business memberships begin at $50. The funding provides critically important technical resources, training, and legislative support on key criminal justice issues.
“With government funding becoming increasingly difficult to secure, the membership drive has taken on greater importance than ever before," Baird said. "The funding is vital to helping us carry out our mission of making our communities safer places to live, work, and play.”
Contributions are tax-deductible, and unlike other organizations in our state, the membership program does not solicit membership by telephone.
Individuals who do not receive a membership appeal and would like more information can visit www.ilsheriff.org, call 217-753-2372, or write to the Illinois Sheriff's Association at 401 East Washington Suite 1000, Springfield, Illinois, 62701.
Residents can also receive more information by contacting the Kendall County Sheriff's Office.