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COPS to host fundraising dance

Officer of Year to be named at annual event

Shorewood Police Officer Martin Richarte (left) and Sergeant Jim Chapman hold the ballistic helmets purchased by COPS.
Shorewood Police Officer Martin Richarte (left) and Sergeant Jim Chapman hold the ballistic helmets purchased by COPS.

JOLIET, Ill. — The Community Organization for the Police of Shorewood (COPS) is hosting its 19th annual Shorewood COPS fundraising dance, from 8 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, March 2, at the Elks Lodge banquet facilities, 250 S.E. Frontage Road, the intersection of U.S. 52 and Interstate 55 in Joliet.

The dance will feature the Take 3 Band, raffles and door prizes, as well as light hors d’oeuvres.

The Office of the Year will also be announced during the evening.

Tickets cost $5 per person and can be purchased from members of the organization, at the Shorewood Police Department, and at the door.  The dance is open to the public.

Anyone wishing to donate an item for the raffle may do so by calling (815) 725-6479.

The Shorewood Police Department answered thousands of calls for service last year, many of them life or property threatening situations.  COPS was established by a group of concerned citizens to provide moral support and additional funding for training and equipment above and beyond the annual budget.

COPS recently set up the Shorewood Police Benevolent Fund, which will help officers’ families in case of death in the line of duty. 

Purchases have included ballistic helmets, as well as a light-duty, covered trailer that will aid the department in increasing its community outreach abilities, as well as facilitate easier relocation of necessary equipment.

“We appreciate your support,” said Ilene Stalnaker, COPS president. “Come out and enjoy the evening with your friends and neighbors.  You will be glad you did.”

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