SPRING FIELD — State Sen. Scott Bennett (D-Champaign) and his colleagues joined police advocates on Monday to unveil a legislative package aimed at bolstering law enforcement and improving the criminal justice system in the state. State.
“Our law enforcement officials work tirelessly 24 hours a day, seven days a week to keep our communities safe,” Bennett said. “That’s why my colleagues and I are working together to create grant opportunities and keep quality agents in the workforce to help those who fight for our communities.”
To help promote fair compensation statewide, House Bill 4228 requires that a county sheriff’s salary be equal to at least 80% of the salary of the county’s state attorney. House Bill 3863 creates the Law Enforcement Recruitment and Retention Fund to support departments through hiring and training processes and assist with retention strategies.
Body cameras are essential for keeping officers safe, improving the quality of evidence and reducing agency liability. House Bill 4608 authorizes the preservation of videos with probative value and allows the use of grant funds for data storage costs.
In an effort to improve the corrections system and reduce recidivism, Bill 4364 creates the Mental Health and Substance Use Prevention Fund to enable the Department of Social Services to provide grants and programs in county jails to incarcerated or recently released persons. .
House Bill 3893 extends an expiry date to allow investigators to continue recording conversations for qualified sex and drug offenses from January 1, 2023 to January 1, 2027.
“As a former prosecutor, I worked closely with law enforcement to present and defend police work in court,” Bennett said. “In my experience, I have found that recruiting, hiring and retaining the best law enforcement officers is essential for a safe and thriving community.”
Bennett joined the Illinois Sheriff’s Association, Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council, Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police and Illinois State Police in expressing support for the package at Monday’s press conference. He plans to work with his Senate colleagues to move the file forward before the scheduled April 8 adjournment.