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COPS host fundraising dance March 25 for Shorewood police

3/10/2017, 6 a.m.
The Community Organization for the Police of Shorewood is hosting its 23rd annual Shorewood C.O.P.S. Fundraising Dance on March 25 ...
The Community Organization for the Police of Shorewood is hosting its 23rd annual Shorewood C.O.P.S. Fundraising Dance on March 25 at the Elks Lodge in Joliet. COPS of Shorewood

The Community Organization for the Police of Shorewood is hosting its 23rd annual Shorewood C.O.P.S. Fundraising Dance 7 to 11 p.m., Saturday, March 25 at the Elks Lodge, 250 SE Frontage Road, the intersection of Route 52 and 55 in Joliet.

Profits from the dance will go toward the purchase of personal protective gear to enhance officer safety. Proceeds from last year's dance were used to purchase a Drunk Busters Pedal Kart that is being used to demonstrate how a person is affected by driving drunk.

The dance will feature the "Blended Entertainment" Band, 50/50 raffle and other raffles, and numerous door prizes, as well as pizza. The police officer of the year will also be announced during the evening.

Tickets cost $5 per person and can be purchased from members of the organization, at the Shorewood Police Department and at the door. The dance is open to the public.

Anyone wishing to donate an item for the raffle may do so by calling (815) 725-6479.

C.O.P.S. was established by a group of concerned citizens to provide moral support and supplement the police department with funds for training and equipment not available through the current budgets. "With our community growing at an immense rate, we feel it is of the utmost importance to ensure the safety and well being of our officers who serve and protect our homes, businesses and citizens," said Ilene Stalnaker, C.O.P.S. president.

C.O.P.S. has also set up the Shorewood Police Benevolent Fund to benefit officers should any become disabled or die while performing their duties. Any donations to this fund are greatly appreciated.

Past purchases have included ballistic helmets, an off road ATV (Gator), as well as a light-duty, covered trailer that aids the department in increasing it community out reach abilities, as well as facilitating easier relocation of necessary equipment.