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Sheriff Curran Hosts Human Trafficking Seminar
On July 11, 2014 the Lake County Sheriff’s Office will host a seminar on Human Trafficking: Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children. This is the second course Sheriff Mark C. Curran, Jr. will host on this topic this year. On January 30, 2014 the Lake County Sheriff’s Office hosted a five hour course on Human Trafficking and Indentured Servitude.
Speakers for Friday’s course will include the Director of the Salvation Army PROMISE program and Founder of Anne’s House along with Detective Al Krok. The seminar will be held at Crossroads Church located at 1350 Route 137 in Grayslake from 9:00 am-4:30 pm.
Participants will be taught the skills necessary to recognize the commercial sexual exploitation of children, detect risk factors, identify and effectively engage victims, and build skills necessary to serve youths affected by human trafficking.
Members of the media interested in attending this seminar should RSVP to Sergeant Balmes so accommodations can be made.
Gurnee Man Charged with Child Pornography
In June of 2014 the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Cybercrimes Unit with assistance from cyber investigators of the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office conducted a child pornography investigation which resulted in the issuance of a search warrant.
On July 8, 2014 the search warrant was executed and Benjamin D. Niskanen, 21, of the 7400 Block of Korbel Dr in Gurnee, was arrested at his residence. Evidence was seized from the residence which included multiple electronic devices capable of storing electronic media. A forensic examination of the media devices revealed an extensive amount of images and videos identified as child pornography.
Niskanen was charged with five counts of possession of child pornography (Class 2 Felonies).
Niskanen’s jail bond was set at $100,000.00. He is scheduled to appear in court on July 14, 2014.
Lake County Sheriff's Office Releases Independence Day Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over/Click It or Ticket Crackdown Statistics
“The Lake County Sheriff’s Office issued a total of 214 citations which include eight drunk-driving arrests, issued 36 seat belt citations, six child restraint citations, six using cell phone while driving citations, five illegal transportation of alcohol citations, 13 driving while license revoked/suspended citations, 51 speeding citations, 11 non traffic citations and served two arrest warrants during the recent Independence Day Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over/Click It or Ticket crackdown on drunk drivers and seat belt law violators,” said Sheriff Mark C. Curran, Jr. “We also reminded everyone that our Marine Unit would be out enforcing the laws on the waterways. The Marine Unit issued a total of 32 citations which include four operating while intoxicated arrests and conducted a total of 61 safety boardings,” Curran said.
Law enforcement agencies throughout Illinois participated in this statewide effort to get drunk drivers off our roadways and encourage seat belt use, especially during late-night hours.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office joined forces with state and local law enforcement agencies in conducting the crackdown campaign featuring high-visibility enforcement combined with a variety of outreach activities including a media campaign and additional police activity.
Extra emphasis was given to the late-night hours when statistics show the highest number of motorists drink and drive and the fewest buckle up.
The recent law enforcement crackdown was funded by federal traffic safety funds through IDOT’s Division of Traffic Safety and is part of the statewide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket campaigns.
Arrest Warrant Totals Lowest Since 2005
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office currently has the fewest arrest warrants on hand since 2005.
The Lake County Sheriff is responsible for serving all Lake County arrest warrants regardless of jurisdiction or offense. Once an arrest warrant is signed by a Judge the warrant is filed with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Division where a team begins to attempt service on the warrant. The Warrants Division is comprised of six deputies, two senior clerks, and one sergeant.
In 2005, the total warrants on hand were 17,077, in 2006, the total warrants on hand increased to 17,531, in 2007, the total warrants on hand increased to 17,940, and in 2008, the total warrants on hand increased to a record high of 18,195. The total number began decreasing in 2009 to 17,645.
Through May 31, 2014 the Warrants Division received 1,760 arrest warrants and cleared a total of 1,221. The current number of active arrest warrants is 15,327.
“Warrant numbers continued to rise as far back as anybody can remember,” Sheriff Mark C. Curran, Jr. said. The reasons why warrant numbers rise every year include the fact that suspects would move out of the state and country. Additionally, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office is the central depository for all warrants in Lake County, not just Lake County Sheriff’s Office cases. I came into office with a commitment to go after the ever rising warrant numbers. We have been able to do that by reallocation of man power, intelligence gathering including furnishing all municipal agencies with updates on warrants in their jurisdiction, and working with judges and the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office on quashing lesser offense arrest warrants. I am pleased to say this is one of the reasons why Lake County is a safer place to live, work, and visit.”
Do you know where a current wanted subject resides or works? Contact our Warrants Division at 847.377.4300 or Lake County Crime Stoppers at 847.662.2222.