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Sheriff urges community to pass along information

WAUKEGAN – Sheriff Mark Curran urges the community, “If you see something, say something!”

Tips and information from the community often aid law enforcement in identifying potential threats, problems, concerns or issues, according to a news release from the sheriff’s department. Members of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office respond to and investigate tips and information provided by the community. When a tip or information is received, members of the sheriff’s office collaborate with community partners to investigate and intervene.

Passing along the following types of information can be important, such as:

• If you overhear someone threatening or planning to cause violence.

• A threatening or concerning post you see on social media.

• A concerning change in someone’s behavior in which they appear to focus their troubles and anger on their employment, place of worship, or school.

• Something unusual or out of place. For example, in your everyday routine, an unknown vehicle parked in an odd location, or a stranger who appears to be placing a business, residence or person under surveillance.

• School bullying should always be reported to school officials promptly.

In 2006, Curran created a School Safety Team, which over the years expanded and transitioned into the Lake County Sheriff’s Community Safety Team. The Community Safety Team focuses its attention and efforts working with schools and other community organizations to train on emergency protocols and following best practices.

“It’s not uncommon for a tip from the public to have significant results,” Curran said in the release. “I urge the community, if you see something, say something! We take community tips very seriously and we would rather respond to a false alarm than miss the opportunity to intervene prior to a tragic situation.”

For information on the Community Safety Team, visit http://www.lakecountyil.gov/4010/Community-Safety-Team

To anonymously report a tip (photos can be included), visit https://www.lakecountyil.gov/FormCenter/Sheriffs-Office-8/Report-a-Crime-Tip-125

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