Crete renews agreements with public safety intergovernmental groups

2014-03-15T00:00:00Z Crete renews agreements with public safety intergovernmental groupsGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
March 15, 2014 12:00 am  • 

CRETE | The Village Board gave its approval to a pair of intergovernmental agreements that will have its police and fire departments continue to cooperate with other public safety agencies in and near Will County.

Trustees voted 5-0 on Monday, with Village Trustee Larry Johnston absent, in favor of separate agreements impacting both agencies.

For the police department, the Village Board approved the agreement that makes Crete a member of the Will/Grundy Major Crimes Task Force, by which all member communities contribute officers to a group effort that assists with criminal investigations for the entire area.

Police Chief James Paoletti has said Crete contributes one officer to the task force and other assistance as called upon.

Trustees voted for the agreement, even though village attorney James Stevenson said previously he thought it was worded in such a vague way that he wasn't sure it was valid.

But Paoletti has said that if Crete were not to be a part of the group, his department would not be able to afford the number of officers and resources required to conduct criminal investigations on its own.

Also on Monday, the Village Board approved Crete's involvement in an Intergovernmental Public Safety Agreement, which has a single public safety answering point and communications center for area fire departments known as EASTCOM.

That agreement calls for Crete's Fire Department to cooperate with the villages and fire protection districts in Beecher, Monee, Peotone, Steger and University Park, along with the South Chicago Heights Fire Department in Cook County and the Steger Estates and Crete Township fire protection districts in unincorporated Will County.

In other business, the Village Board gave its approval to the Police and Fire Commission to create a hiring list, to keep the village in accordance with state law. Village Clerk Deborah Bachert said the matter would have to return to the Village Board later this year to ensure the list is proper.

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