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Crime Stoppers and the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office is seeking information regarding a barn fire at 1903 Brickville Road, Sycamore, that occurred on June 6th at approximately 4:24 p.m. A white Jeep was seen in the area prior to the fire. The Sheriff's Office is seeking help to identify the vehicle and / or driver. Please contact Crime Stoppers at 815-895-3272 or email us at: crimestoppers@dekalbcounty.org ... See MoreSee Less

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PRESS RELEASE – 6/1/20

We, as law enforcement leaders in DeKalb County are saddened by the events unfolding across our country. We believe every person should be treated with dignity and respect, and that all law enforcement officers have a duty to protect human rights. We do not condone police brutality. Every person has the right to be treated fairly by police officers. We also respect the right to demonstrate and have stood with those exercising their rights which we all took an oath to uphold. Along with these beliefs, we recognize the anger and frustration that many are feeling at this time. Peaceful protests are powerful tools to make voices heard, not the destruction of our businesses and neighborhoods. Violence and damage in our community affects everyone and greatly impacts those who have worked hard to establish their businesses and those that support families. We commend those who have raised their voice. We ask as they continue to do so that they do it peacefully to serve as a model for our entire country. Our agencies will continue to work together with our community to foster trust and respect between the citizens and those who serve them.

Respectfully,

Sheriff Roger Scott
State’s Attorney Rick Amato
DeKalb Interim Chief John Petragallo
Sycamore Chief Jim Winters
NIU Police Chief Tom Phillips
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May 20, 2020

DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office
Position on the COVID-19 Dilemma

Recently people and sometimes organizations have called or emailed me in regards to my stance and thus the DeKalb County Sheriff’s plan of action in regards to violations of the governor’s executive orders. Last week in a radio interview, I shared a synopsis of that plan and apparently stirred things up quite a bit, so I am taking this opportunity to elaborate further for those who want to know.

Several weeks ago, working with my staff in consultation with our excellent State’s Attorney, Rick Amato we developed a path that is focused on working with citizens through direct communication to resolve those COVID-19 situations. Our office does that by responding to a citizen’s concerns/complaints about another citizen’s action. That is nothing new in law enforcement, that is what my deputies do day in and day out and that is what we are doing and will continue to do in this difficult and challenging time. I have often stated that during this COVID-19 period our citizens have been understanding and cooperative, a true reflection of the best of DeKalb County. The Sheriff’s Office handles calls on a case by case basis, balancing safety, fairness, consistency, and compassion.

Many of my fellow Sheriffs have put out public statements in regards to the Governor’s Executive Orders. I have great respect for each of these Sheriff’s and their courage and clarity. If you carefully read these statements along with their strong convictions about “Executive Orders” they also urge their citizens to make sound judgements considering health, family, and other citizens. These Sheriffs do not encourage challenging law enforcement at this time. I do support the stance of the Illinois Sheriff’s Association regarding the Executive Orders, and oppose the effort by the Governor in his latest emergency rule change that in essence makes violation of Health COVID-19 Orders a Class A misdemeanor.

My reluctance to put out a statement, until now, is simply because law enforcement, in particular, the office of Sheriff generally operates on a case by case basis and often not necessarily “by the book”, that flexibility is part of being a professional and taking into account the circumstances and evidence surrounding any situation. Sometimes there are no right answers, just the best answer.

For those few who accuse me of no “backbone” or for failure to live up to my oath and recognizing the constitutional obligation of the Office of Sheriff, I say you do not know me, or my office very well. I love the Office of Sheriff and honor the oath. I have taught the responsibilities and uniqueness of the office to other sheriff’s in Illinois and from across the nation. My personal feelings about the governor and his strategy are irrelevant. What I do as your County Sheriff is relevant, judge me on what I have done, and what I do, not on some hypothetical situation.

I respect the Office of Governor but the Governors Executive Orders are his responsibility, not mine. I do work closely with our fine State’s Attorney’s Office and our knowledgeable and dedicated County Health Department under the positive leadership of Administrator, Lisa Gonzalez. The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office will assist the Health Department as required, but the extent of that assistance will be determined by the situation, by me and those who work with me, not by the governor or anyone else.

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office barring unimaginable circumstances, will not shut down houses of worship, arrest church leaders, interrupt services of any denomination. We will not arrest people for not wearing masks, it is neither practical or legal. We will respond to calls for service and do reports on complaints as appropriate.

My most recent phone call was from a woman who is blind, and had heard the Sheriff was in charge and wanted me to do what I could to “open up the county” and also to get the Secretary of State to reopen the “Talking Books” distribution program that has been halted since February. I told her the Sheriff is not in charge of anything except the Sheriff’s Office. We had a wonderful conversation. I have her number if the Governor or Secretary of State would like it. I think she and others in her or similar situations deserve to be heard.

My greatest privilege is to be the elected Sheriff of DeKalb County and to be part of law enforcement in this great republic. The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office does uphold the constitution of the United States, and the State of Illinois. My personal guidance and motivation stems from the scripture Roman 13:4 which states in regards to law enforcement, “For he is God’s minister to you for good… and does not bear the sword in vain.” This is my inspiration and is my pledge.

We will get through this together,

Sheriff Roger Scott

Statement of the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association:

“Illinois Sheriffs have been elected by their local citizens to keep their communities safe, a trust that every sheriff and sworn law enforcement officer holds dear. It is outrageous that the Governor is threatening retaliation against these leaders and the men and women of their offices. He is insulting heroic police officers, corrections officers and local voters.” The Governor again indicated that local law enforcement will face consequences for their statements about how they view the enforceability of his executive orders. Apparently, these consequences now include the threat of litigation and loss of funding, including funding that has been designated through the Federal Cares Act that was designated to units of local government. The Governor and his office have repeatedly talked about consulting organizations/groups of impacted experts on issues as they arise. Unfortunately, one of the groups that has never been included are the Sheriffs of this State, nor its representative organization, the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association. It is extremely frustrating to hear these continued comments in response to those that may not agree with his positions. Sheriffs were elected by their counties to keep them safe and they will continue to do so.
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AS OF 8AM ON TUESDAY MAY 19, IDOT HAS REOPENED EAST STATE ST (ILLINOIS 64) NEAR SYCAMORE PARK AND NORTH MAIN ST (ILLINOIS 23) NEAR SYCAMORE MIDDLE SCHOOL AS FLOOD WATERS FROM THE KISHWAUKEE RIVER HAVE RECEDED.

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DUE TO THE KISHWAUKEE RIVER RISING AGAIN IN THE SYCAMORE AREA, E STATE ST (ILLINOIS RT 64) REMAINS CLOSED BETWEEN AIRPORT RD AND KINGSWAY DR NEAR SYCAMORE PARK; AND IDOT HAS SINCE CLOSED N MAIN ST (ILLINOIS RT 23) AGAIN BETWEEN NORTH AV AND MT. HUNGER ROAD NEAR SYCAMORE MIDDLE SCHOOL MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED NOT TO DRIVE AROUND BARRICADES IN THE RESTRICTED AREA AS THE WATER IS DEEP AND THE CURRENT IS MOVING QUICKLY AND CAN EASILY CARRY A VEHICLE OFF THE ROADWAY - TURN AROUND DON'T DROWN.

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Crime Stoppers and the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office is seeking information regarding a barn fire at 1903 Brickville Road, Sycamore, that occurred on June 6th at approximately 4:24 p.m. A white Jeep was seen in the area prior to the fire. The Sheriff's Office is seeking help to identify the vehicle and / or driver. Please contact Crime Stoppers at 815-895-3272 or email us at: crimestoppers@dekalbcounty.org ... See MoreSee Less

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PRESS RELEASE – 6/1/20

We, as law enforcement leaders in DeKalb County are saddened by the events unfolding across our country. We believe every person should be treated with dignity and respect, and that all law enforcement officers have a duty to protect human rights. We do not condone police brutality. Every person has the right to be treated fairly by police officers. We also respect the right to demonstrate and have stood with those exercising their rights which we all took an oath to uphold. Along with these beliefs, we recognize the anger and frustration that many are feeling at this time. Peaceful protests are powerful tools to make voices heard, not the destruction of our businesses and neighborhoods. Violence and damage in our community affects everyone and greatly impacts those who have worked hard to establish their businesses and those that support families. We commend those who have raised their voice. We ask as they continue to do so that they do it peacefully to serve as a model for our entire country. Our agencies will continue to work together with our community to foster trust and respect between the citizens and those who serve them.

Respectfully,

Sheriff Roger Scott
State’s Attorney Rick Amato
DeKalb Interim Chief John Petragallo
Sycamore Chief Jim Winters
NIU Police Chief Tom Phillips
... See MoreSee Less

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May 20, 2020

DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office
Position on the COVID-19 Dilemma

Recently people and sometimes organizations have called or emailed me in regards to my stance and thus the DeKalb County Sheriff’s plan of action in regards to violations of the governor’s executive orders. Last week in a radio interview, I shared a synopsis of that plan and apparently stirred things up quite a bit, so I am taking this opportunity to elaborate further for those who want to know.

Several weeks ago, working with my staff in consultation with our excellent State’s Attorney, Rick Amato we developed a path that is focused on working with citizens through direct communication to resolve those COVID-19 situations. Our office does that by responding to a citizen’s concerns/complaints about another citizen’s action. That is nothing new in law enforcement, that is what my deputies do day in and day out and that is what we are doing and will continue to do in this difficult and challenging time. I have often stated that during this COVID-19 period our citizens have been understanding and cooperative, a true reflection of the best of DeKalb County. The Sheriff’s Office handles calls on a case by case basis, balancing safety, fairness, consistency, and compassion.

Many of my fellow Sheriffs have put out public statements in regards to the Governor’s Executive Orders. I have great respect for each of these Sheriff’s and their courage and clarity. If you carefully read these statements along with their strong convictions about “Executive Orders” they also urge their citizens to make sound judgements considering health, family, and other citizens. These Sheriffs do not encourage challenging law enforcement at this time. I do support the stance of the Illinois Sheriff’s Association regarding the Executive Orders, and oppose the effort by the Governor in his latest emergency rule change that in essence makes violation of Health COVID-19 Orders a Class A misdemeanor.

My reluctance to put out a statement, until now, is simply because law enforcement, in particular, the office of Sheriff generally operates on a case by case basis and often not necessarily “by the book”, that flexibility is part of being a professional and taking into account the circumstances and evidence surrounding any situation. Sometimes there are no right answers, just the best answer.

For those few who accuse me of no “backbone” or for failure to live up to my oath and recognizing the constitutional obligation of the Office of Sheriff, I say you do not know me, or my office very well. I love the Office of Sheriff and honor the oath. I have taught the responsibilities and uniqueness of the office to other sheriff’s in Illinois and from across the nation. My personal feelings about the governor and his strategy are irrelevant. What I do as your County Sheriff is relevant, judge me on what I have done, and what I do, not on some hypothetical situation.

I respect the Office of Governor but the Governors Executive Orders are his responsibility, not mine. I do work closely with our fine State’s Attorney’s Office and our knowledgeable and dedicated County Health Department under the positive leadership of Administrator, Lisa Gonzalez. The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office will assist the Health Department as required, but the extent of that assistance will be determined by the situation, by me and those who work with me, not by the governor or anyone else.

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office barring unimaginable circumstances, will not shut down houses of worship, arrest church leaders, interrupt services of any denomination. We will not arrest people for not wearing masks, it is neither practical or legal. We will respond to calls for service and do reports on complaints as appropriate.

My most recent phone call was from a woman who is blind, and had heard the Sheriff was in charge and wanted me to do what I could to “open up the county” and also to get the Secretary of State to reopen the “Talking Books” distribution program that has been halted since February. I told her the Sheriff is not in charge of anything except the Sheriff’s Office. We had a wonderful conversation. I have her number if the Governor or Secretary of State would like it. I think she and others in her or similar situations deserve to be heard.

My greatest privilege is to be the elected Sheriff of DeKalb County and to be part of law enforcement in this great republic. The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office does uphold the constitution of the United States, and the State of Illinois. My personal guidance and motivation stems from the scripture Roman 13:4 which states in regards to law enforcement, “For he is God’s minister to you for good… and does not bear the sword in vain.” This is my inspiration and is my pledge.

We will get through this together,

Sheriff Roger Scott

Statement of the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association:

“Illinois Sheriffs have been elected by their local citizens to keep their communities safe, a trust that every sheriff and sworn law enforcement officer holds dear. It is outrageous that the Governor is threatening retaliation against these leaders and the men and women of their offices. He is insulting heroic police officers, corrections officers and local voters.” The Governor again indicated that local law enforcement will face consequences for their statements about how they view the enforceability of his executive orders. Apparently, these consequences now include the threat of litigation and loss of funding, including funding that has been designated through the Federal Cares Act that was designated to units of local government. The Governor and his office have repeatedly talked about consulting organizations/groups of impacted experts on issues as they arise. Unfortunately, one of the groups that has never been included are the Sheriffs of this State, nor its representative organization, the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association. It is extremely frustrating to hear these continued comments in response to those that may not agree with his positions. Sheriffs were elected by their counties to keep them safe and they will continue to do so.
... See MoreSee Less

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AS OF 8AM ON TUESDAY MAY 19, IDOT HAS REOPENED EAST STATE ST (ILLINOIS 64) NEAR SYCAMORE PARK AND NORTH MAIN ST (ILLINOIS 23) NEAR SYCAMORE MIDDLE SCHOOL AS FLOOD WATERS FROM THE KISHWAUKEE RIVER HAVE RECEDED.

PLEASE DRIVE SAFELY.
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

DUE TO THE KISHWAUKEE RIVER RISING AGAIN IN THE SYCAMORE AREA, E STATE ST (ILLINOIS RT 64) REMAINS CLOSED BETWEEN AIRPORT RD AND KINGSWAY DR NEAR SYCAMORE PARK; AND IDOT HAS SINCE CLOSED N MAIN ST (ILLINOIS RT 23) AGAIN BETWEEN NORTH AV AND MT. HUNGER ROAD NEAR SYCAMORE MIDDLE SCHOOL MOTORISTS ARE ADVISED NOT TO DRIVE AROUND BARRICADES IN THE RESTRICTED AREA AS THE WATER IS DEEP AND THE CURRENT IS MOVING QUICKLY AND CAN EASILY CARRY A VEHICLE OFF THE ROADWAY - TURN AROUND DON'T DROWN.

WE WILL POST UPDATES AS CONDITIONS CHANGE - 1615 05/18/2020
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