[More] Quick News: Police Department Welcomes New Officer, Three New Interns; Village’s Camera System Nearly Functional Says Chief; Daliyah Peppers, Daughter of Maywood Police Officer, Tops In J.C. Vaughn Scholarship Fundraising

Monday, May 19, 2014

Updated: 7:00 PM

Police department welcomes a new officer, three new college interns

New officer swearing-in
Clerk Mims swearing in Officer Shemitraku as Chief Talley looks on (Photo by Michael Romain for The Village Free Press).

MAYWOOD — At a May 14, Legal, License and Ordinance Committee (LLOC) meeting, Maywood Police Chief Valdimir Talley introduced Officer Ilir Shemitraku to the public before he was sworn-in by Village Clerk Viola Mims.

Mr. Shemitraku wasn’t the only addition to the department. The Chief also introduced three new interns. Antoinette Denton, Brianna Grant and Lena Smith will intern with the department this summer. They will be replacing Ian Harris and Adam Dreger, two outgoing seniors at Western Illinois University who interned with the department from January to April of this year.

Ms. Grant, who is a senior with Southern Illinois University’s administrative justice program, will be with the department for four weeks and will be responsible for developing a volunteer program  for the Village. It would be designed to identify and engage Maywood’s disabled and senior residents–both for wellness and security purposes.

“My background is with Homeland Security,” the Chief said, noting the need for an evacuation plan targeted toward the Village’s seniors and disabled in the event of a major security emergency.

Ms. Denton, who graduated this month from Western Illinois University’s criminal justice program, will be with the department for twelve weeks and will be responsible for devising an evacuation program for the police station. The program would entail testing the building’s backup generator system, creating fire drills, making sure a contract is in place for the building’s sprinkler system and checking the backup batteries for the department’s advanced detection equipment.

Ms. Smith, from Chicago State University, was absent due to a death in the family. The Chief said that she would be responsible for assisting with the volunteer program and the re-installed Explorers program.

(Left to right: Chief Talley with Officer Shemitraku and family; Antoinette Denton, Brianna Grant and the Chief appear before the Board).

Chief Talley and officer's familyChief Talley and Interns

Village’s closed circuit camera system close to being fully operational

MAYWOOD — At the same LLOC meeting, Chief Talley updated the Board on the status of the Village’s closed circuit camera system, which had been riddled with problems. The department has about a week remaining for the maintenance project to be finalized.

“We’ve been powerizing our poles along St. Charles. We have 62 cameras up and working…four cameras are unresolved and six will be replaced by the end of the week, which will put us over the 66 camera mark.”

The Chief said that staff has been identified who will be trained to analyze the data feed from the cameras, which was not the case before his hiring. He said that, while the department’s ultimate goal is to replace the current cameras with new models that have better resolution, the immediate goal is to bring the current cameras in the system up to a state where they are functional.

“My job for now is to get the system back up and operational, because it wasn’t working,” he said. “My second thing is to get staff in here to analyze feed. [The] third part down the [road] is to start identifying those areas [where additional cameras may need to be installed in the future].”

Daliyah Peppers, Maywood resident and daughter of Maywood Police Sergeant Aaron Peppers, raises most money for J.C. Vaughn Scholarship Fund

With more than $13,000 raised, Daliyah Peppers was named the top fundraiser for this year’s 47th annual John C. Vaughn Scholarship Sweetheart Cotillion, which took place on Saturday, May 10, at the O’Hare Westin Hotel in Rosemont. Daliyah, a senior at St. Joseph High School and the daughter of Shawn and Sgt. Aaron Peppers, was among five teenage girls who competed for the top prize. The other contestants included Nedra Martice Yore (Proviso Math and Science Academy); Janice Batrice Newman (Mother McAuley High School); Vonshae Latia Ferguson (Proviso Math and Science Academy); and Angela Jessica Harris (Bolingbrook High School).

Daliyah is a member of the Rock of Ages Baptist Church in Maywood, where the pastor is Rev. Marvin Wiley. Upon graduation, Daliyah will attend Illinois State University and double major in Marketing and Marketing Management. She plans to obtain a job with a Fortune 500 Company. Her escort for the afternoon will be Zachary Harvey. Daliyah will be presented by her father, Mr. Aaron Peppers and will dedicate the day to her great-grandfather, the late Frank Peppers, and her great-grandmother, the late Ruth Jean Marshall.

You can read more about Daliyah in this week’s West Suburban Journal, available at a library near you. VFP


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