A Joint Statement
Mayor Frank Saverino, Village Manager Bob Mellor, and Police Director Stephen Schmidt
Our nation continues to experience patterns of injustice and tragedy against some of our citizens. We see it in the cases of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many more. On behalf of the Mayor, Board of Trustees, Village Administration and Police Department, we explicitly condemn the actions of the former Police Officers in the murder of George Floyd and those that continue to perpetrate police brutality and racism. This behavior deteriorates the reputation of hard-working law-enforcement professionals and violates the public’s trust.
We want to assure our residents that we are committed to treating all people fairly and abiding by the Village’s Mission “To enhance the quality of life in the Village of Carol Stream through the delivery of excellent public service in a fiscally responsible manner” and Core Values of accountability, communication, cooperation, integrity, and respect. We continue to work hard to earn and keep the trust of our community and are committed to engaging in meaningful conversations.
Accountability and integrity are Core Values in Carol Stream. As part of our commitment to 21st Century Policing, we invest approximately $200,000 a year in Police Department training. Training topics include civil and human rights, cultural competency, mental health awareness, continuum of force, de-escalation, and procedural justice.
The Village has long understood its responsibility to provide services to the varying needs of all of our residents. Our Police Social Service Unit was created in 1973 to offer counseling services, alternatives to criminal charges, and more to address the diverse needs of our residents. This unit of the Police Department is made up of 3 licensed social workers who provide restorative justice and victim assistance as well as youth, immigrant, and senior services.
Our Police Department is devoted to our collaborative community partnerships in problem solving and quality of life enhancement. These community relationships include providing Drug Awareness Resistance Education and Gang Resistance Education Awareness Training to students, the summer lunch program, Christmas Sharing, National Night Out, the Martin Luther King ceremony, and many more.
While much of the recent focus has been on actions by Police Departments, it is important to note the role our other departments play. When a problem arises in our community, we look for ways to be a part of a cooperative solution. Community Code Enforcement works with residents to achieve 97% voluntary compliance without the use of fines or penalties. When residents at Carolshire Commons Condominiums asked the Village to help with serious safety concerns, we chose to partner with the residents. Rather than impose substantial code violation fines, we developed a plan to resolve violations and improve quality of life. This massive community improvement was capped off when we donated a parcel of land for the construction of a park adjacent to the properties.
We will continue to address injustice and would appreciate your help in opening dialogue with our vibrant and diverse community. We reject discrimination toward any person based on race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, immigrant status, sexual orientation, disability, or familial status. Our Village Board is proud of our dedicated Police Department and we all look forward to opportunities to strengthen our community relationships and improve our processes. The Village is dedicated to continuing to foster a safe and vibrant community for all persons who call Carol Stream home.
We are always available to answer your questions, please do not hesitate to reach out. In the interest of an open dialogue, we wish to share some questions and answers regarding our operations with all members of the Carol Stream community.