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Sheriff

Jeffrey Lower

Welcome to the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office Website. The Sheriff is the Chief Law Officer of the County and the sole Law Enforcement Official elected by the people. Many believe that the Office of the Sheriff is the main keeper of accountability between Law Enforcement and the Public. In the spirit of accountability and responsiveness, we are pleased to provide this publicly accessible site on the World Wide Web. We want you to take a look at who we are and our role in Serving and Protect.

NEWS & Updates

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The Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office wants community members to be aware of a phone scam that is currently active in Tazewell County.

Deputies have received reports from community members who stated that callers contact them claiming to be members of a local police department or the sheriff's department. The law enforcement impersonator often times:

* refers to the community member by name,
* tells the community member the call is being recorded, and
* tells the community member they missed a court appearance or jury duty.

The caller states they need to send money or a warrant will be issued for their arrest or they may turn themselves in to jail.

Sometimes scams such as these will include spoofing a legitimate police agency phone number and using a real name of a law enforcement officer in an attempt to gain the trust of the victim. No government agency of any kind takes gift cards as payment.

The Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office reminds you to be aware that:

* The Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office does not call individuals and demand or request money from community members under any circumstances.

* The Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office or any other legitimate law enforcement agency does not call community members seeking payment for outstanding traffic citations or warrants. This includes claims of unpaid federal or state taxes.

* Individuals claiming to collect debts may try to instill fear in potential victims to persuade them to forward money.

MoneyPak/Green Dot and Vanilla Reload have online tools to allow purchasers to request a refund if the scammer has not yet cashed the card.

If you are a resident of Tazewell County and fall victim to these scammers with financial loss, you are encouraged to file a report by calling your local Police Agency or the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office Non-Emergency line at (309) 346-4141.

Tips to help avoid becoming a victim to this scam include:

* Never give personal or financial information to an unsolicited caller or email.

* Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason.

* Stay private. Regularly update privacy settings for social media sites. Scammers often make their stories more believable by trolling for personal information on Facebook, Twitter and similar sites.

* Utility companies and government agencies will never contact you for payment by GreenDot, MoneyPak, Vanilla Reload, or any other prepaid money card.

* Remember that anyone who has the number on a prepaid card has access to the funds on your card.

* Never wire money, provide debit or credit card numbers to a stranger.

Courts may use an independent collection service to collect unpaid monetary judgments and fines. If someone believes they are being scammed regarding an alleged unpaid traffic citation or other court-imposed financial obligation they can:

* Ask the collector (caller) for information specific to the alleged warrant or unpaid traffic citation. The caller should have the court case number, date of ticket and vehicle license number.

* Verify the debt or confirm other details by calling the Tazewell County Courthouse:
(309) 477-2214 Open 8:30AM – 5:00PM M-F.

* Visit the Tazewell County Circuit Clerk web page for Online Payments to directly pay money owed to state courts for most traffic citations, civil fees or criminal fines (For more information go to tazewellcountyil.com/online-payments/)
If you receive a similar call, disconnect without providing any information or taking any instructions from the caller. Contact your local law enforcement agency.

For more information, visit the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Scam Alert website www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts
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The Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office wants community members to be aware of a phone scam that is currently active in Tazewell County.

Deputies have received reports from community members who stated that callers contact them claiming to be members of a local police department or the sheriffs department. The law enforcement impersonator often times:

* refers to the community member by name,
* tells the community member the call is being recorded, and
* tells the community member they missed a court appearance or jury duty.

The caller states they need to send money or a warrant will be issued for their arrest or they may turn themselves in to jail.

Sometimes scams such as these will include spoofing a legitimate police agency phone number and using a real name of a law enforcement officer in an attempt to gain the trust of the victim. No government agency of any kind takes gift cards as payment.

The Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office reminds you to be aware that:

* The Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office does not call individuals and demand or request money from community members under any circumstances.

* The Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office or any other legitimate law enforcement agency does not call community members seeking payment for outstanding traffic citations or warrants. This includes claims of unpaid federal or state taxes.

* Individuals claiming to collect debts may try to instill fear in potential victims to persuade them to forward money.

MoneyPak/Green Dot and Vanilla Reload have online tools to allow purchasers to request a refund if the scammer has not yet cashed the card.

If you are a resident of Tazewell County and fall victim to these scammers with financial loss, you are encouraged to file a report by calling your local Police Agency or the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office Non-Emergency line at (309) 346-4141.

Tips to help avoid becoming a victim to this scam include:

* Never give personal or financial information to an unsolicited caller or email.

* Be suspicious of callers who demand immediate payment for any reason.

* Stay private. Regularly update privacy settings for social media sites. Scammers often make their stories more believable by trolling for personal information on Facebook, Twitter and similar sites.

* Utility companies and government agencies will never contact you for payment by GreenDot, MoneyPak, Vanilla Reload, or any other prepaid money card.

* Remember that anyone who has the number on a prepaid card has access to the funds on your card.

* Never wire money, provide debit or credit card numbers to a stranger.

Courts may use an independent collection service to collect unpaid monetary judgments and fines. If someone believes they are being scammed regarding an alleged unpaid traffic citation or other court-imposed financial obligation they can:

* Ask the collector (caller) for information specific to the alleged warrant or unpaid traffic citation. The caller should have the court case number, date of ticket and vehicle license number.

* Verify the debt or confirm other details by calling the Tazewell County Courthouse:
(309) 477-2214          Open 8:30AM – 5:00PM M-F.

* Visit the Tazewell County Circuit Clerk web page for Online Payments to directly pay money owed to state courts for most traffic citations, civil fees or criminal fines (For more information go to https://tazewellcountyil.com/online-payments/)
If you receive a similar call, disconnect without providing any information or taking any instructions from the caller. Contact your local law enforcement agency.

For more information, visit the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Scam Alert website www.consumer.ftc.gov/scam-alerts

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Received a call claiming to be with immigration and border control. Asked for my name and whe I refused threatened to turn my name in to police. I said fine. Have number if police want it.

This is also happening in Bureau county !!

And this happened once it was a phone number from Las Vegas in the lady couldn't pronounce tazewell county correctly. Definitely knew it wasn't real.lol

I got a phone call last week, wanting donations for some police benevolent society. i asked what police departments they gave too and that police do not call and get a real job.

Updates: Terrible that this happened ▫wee.so/dxr4z .

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Tazewell County Deputy Sheriff applications are being accepted until February 15, 2023 for the February 18th testing date click link for more info

Deputy Sheriff Application

sheriff.tazewell-il.gov/deputy-sheriff-application/
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What about Correctional Officers

Age requirement?

Scott Sumner

Illinois 29 closure near Pekin set Jan. 17

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that Illinois 29 between Glenmar Drive and VFW Road (Illinois 9) south of Pekin will close at 6 a.m. Jan. 17.
The closure is necessary for the Union Pacific Railroad to repair its overhead bridge crossing. Work is expected to be complete and the road reopened by 6 p.m. the same day. A detour will be posted.
Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips in this area. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to changed conditions and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits, refrain from using mobile devices and be alert for workers and equipment.
Over the next six years, IDOT is planning to improve more than 2,500 miles of highway and nearly 10 million square feet of bridge deck as part of the Rebuild Illinois capital program, which is investing $33.2 billion into all modes of transportation. Accomplishments through Year Three of Rebuild Illinois included approximately $8.6 billion of improvements statewide on 4,422 miles of highway, 412 bridges, and 621 additional safety improvements.
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Illinois 29 closure near Pekin set Jan. 17

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced that Illinois 29 between Glenmar Drive and VFW Road (Illinois 9) south of Pekin will close at 6 a.m. Jan. 17.
The closure is necessary for the Union Pacific Railroad to repair its overhead bridge crossing. Work is expected to be complete and the road reopened by 6 p.m. the same day. A detour will be posted.
Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips in this area. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to changed conditions and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits, refrain from using mobile devices and be alert for workers and equipment.
Over the next six years, IDOT is planning to improve more than 2,500 miles of highway and nearly 10 million square feet of bridge deck as part of the Rebuild Illinois capital program, which is investing $33.2 billion into all modes of transportation. Accomplishments through Year Three of Rebuild Illinois included approximately $8.6 billion of improvements statewide on 4,422 miles of highway, 412 bridges, and 621 additional safety improvements.

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Wish Illinois would fix route 122 from I55 thru Delavan to Rt 39. It's terrible, has been for years

There's no detour posted coming from South Pekin

Pot holes?

Wow that going to cause a traffic mess

Jeff Whisler

Holley Veteto

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Scam Alert from the Illinois Sheriffs' Association

IMPORTANT, SHARE THIS POST! Scam Alert - the Illinois Sheriffs' Association would like you to beware of a telephone solicitation scam. Our citizens are being contacted by telephone and asked to make a contribution to the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association to help fight the Assault Weapons Ban. Please ignore these calls! Do not give your financial information. The ISA NEVER solicits by telephone! We only send our mail pieces, address membership on our social media, and our Website! PLEASE TELL YOUR LOVED ONES, PARENTS AND NEIGHBORS AND SHARE THIS POST! The phone number they used was 224-324-3356 Cook County, IL. When you call it, it states the "Fundraising Center."
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Scam Alert from the Illinois Sheriffs Association

IMPORTANT, SHARE THIS POST! Scam Alert - the Illinois Sheriffs Association would like you to beware of a telephone solicitation scam. Our citizens are being contacted by telephone and asked to make a contribution to the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association to help fight the Assault Weapons Ban. Please ignore these calls! Do not give your financial information. The ISA NEVER solicits by telephone! We only send our mail pieces, address membership on our social media, and our Website! PLEASE TELL YOUR LOVED ONES, PARENTS AND NEIGHBORS AND SHARE THIS POST! The phone number they used was 224-324-3356 Cook County, IL. When you call it, it states the Fundraising Center.

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Probably JB pritzker running the scam

I would laugh at them and hang up anyway.

Thanks so much expose more scammers Send a direct message I can help you track them and get your money refunded Do you have he’s email address or any confidential information??.

Thanks so much expose more scammers Send a direct message I can help you track them and get your money refunded and also get them arrested by the nearest police... Do you have he’s email address or any confidential information??.

CONTACT **Genius_tech23** on INSTAGRAM immediately he can help you Track down who is Behind thisTazewell County Sheriff's Office

CONTACT **Genius_tech23** on INSTAGRAM immediately he can help you Track down who is Behind thisTazewell County Sheriff's Office

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IMPORTANT, SHARE THIS POST! Scam Alert - the Illinois Sheriffs' Association would like you to beware of a telephone solicitation scam. Our citizens are being contacted by telephone and asked to make a contribution to the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association to help fight the Assault Weapons Ban. Please ignore these calls! Do not give your financial information. The ISA NEVER solicits by telephone! We only send our mail pieces, address membership on our social media, and our Website! PLEASE TELL YOUR LOVED ONES, PARENTS AND NEIGHBORS AND SHARE THIS POST! The phone number they used was 224-324-3356 Cook County, IL. When you call it, it states the "Fundraising Center." ... See MoreSee Less

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I don’t even live there anymore and they called me.

I wouldn't believe that someone in Cook county would want to try scamming people. Isn't that the most upstanding county of the State.

Maybe started by a rotund male in Crook county planning on paying for future court cases??????

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Bravo! As a first responder I actually *do* want armed, law abiding citizens around. I interact with Tazewell deputies all of the time, on calls, but we are so far out in the boonies it sometimes takes a while for deputies to get to a scene. It is reassuring knowing that there are so many law abiding gun owners in our rural areas who watch out for one another. Thank you.

Sheriff, you left off the beginning of that section. It starts with 'A well regulated militia...' WELL. REGULATED. As in, it must be regulated.

As sheriff you do not get to pick and choose what laws the department does and does not enforce because that right belongs to people. Your job is to uphold the law, but that does not mean u are above it. If u are uncomfortable enforcing rules and regulations established by the people of Illinois than maybe you are no longer suitable for the position. Respectfully.

You may have your personal opinion. Your job is to enforce the law for it's citizens.

Note to self: make really sure not to vote for Jeffrey Lower next election; he somehow thinks he’s above the law and that obviously makes him a dangerous individual, unsuitable for office.

This is wonderful I hope you and your officers do this with all things like illegal search and seizures, refusing to serve warrants that are not justified under the constitution, not enforcing things like FOID cards or any other restrictions on firearms, not confiscating or arresting people for substance use on their own property, not participating in traffic safety checkpoints or numerous other outlandish laws that either go against basic constitutional rights or are against the spirits of them. I certainly hope this is not just you picking and choosing one particular amendment to say you support and will defend out of the entire constitution regardless of what the legislators and courts say.

BS!!!! The Constitution was written during the days of muskets. Anyone who thinks they need an assault rifle is lame and weak. You think you're representing all of your constituents with this statement, but you are clueless. Not everyone in this County is a conservative, redneck Trumper.

Thank You Sheriff. From seeing the Governor on the news this Evening I think he's going to go after those who don't enforce this Unconstitutional Law. He said he will fire them. Here's a good idea, how about Impeaching/ Recalling or whatever you call it and charge the Governor for Treason for violating the Oath of Office that he just took.

Your job is to uphold the laws. It's hilarious that you think you have the authority to decide for the county what laws are and are not constitutional. The Tazewell county Sheriff's department, from that statement alone, has exposed itself as not only an organization that does not only not care about the constitution, but also as one that is openly hostile to it if it contradicts the way they think the world should be. Not surprising coming from a hillibily hick like Lower, but still disappointing to see that elected officials are capable of understanding so little about how this nation functions.

When will people figure out, it is not the legal, registered gun owners who are the bad guys. It is our right to bear arms. I'm glad we have the support of our law enforcement behind us. Thank You!

The 1st 1/2 of the 2nd amendment talks about a well-regulated militia being necessary. People seem to leave that part out. That was talking about muskets, not high-powered, multi-round weapons.

Gotta love how Shitcago runs the entire state! Thanks Sheriff Lower for standing up for us in Tazewell

What is really being said here? Doesn't seem like much. The Fulton County Sheriff had the balls to state that he won't enforce HB 5471. Why is Sheriff Lower being so reserved?

Thank you Sheriff Lower and the other Sheriff's for making this stand. Thank God 😊 🙏

Thank you Sheriff for helping to defend our constitutional rights to protect our country and our families from all enemies foreign and domestic. Those who seek to disarm us law abiding citizens seek the power to control us.

And that is why i have nothing but the utmost respect for Tazewell County Officers.

Thanks if you can also add in that you won't enforce it that will make your citizens feel a lot more comfortable, because I don't think any of us plan to register any rifles we may or may not have.

I love this, standing up a tyrannical Governor who bought his way back into another term! It’s great to see our local officials standing up for our great Constitution!

Thank you Sheriff! It's always good to see elected officials take their oath seriously!

Illinois legislators discussed and created a bill, which was amended several times, after input from law-enforcement and other stakeholders. The bill was voted on and passed. It was then signed by the governor, which makes the bill law. Sheriffs are sworn to enforce the law. You are not authorized to pick and choose which laws to support. You are failing to do your job!

I greatly appreciate your statement. I do wish you would go further and say that you won't enforce this unconstitutional edict.

Thanks Jeff for standing up for us law abiding citizens I appreciate you and your officer's and you have my upmost respect Please feel free to stop by any time.

All. You people with an agenda, AR has nothing to do with Assault! • The AR in "AR-15" rifle stands for ArmaLite rifle, after the company that developed it in. the 1950s. "AR" does NOT stand for "assault rifle" or "automatic rifle." I love how people twist something To meet their perspective

So since you are upholding the 2nd amendment you wont enforce any unconstitutional laws against your citizens yeah?

I completely agree. But Chicago kept him in office smh

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Text to 911 is now available in Tazewell County

The Tazewell County Emergency Telephone System Board (ETSB) and the Tazewell County Consolidated Communications Center (TC3) is pleased to announce that as of January 1, 2023, they have successfully implemented TEXT to 911 options for our communities. All residents and visitors in Tazewell County can now TEXT 911 via their cellular devices. In the event one is unable to connect with our dispatch center via text, one will receive a text response advising them to voice call 911. If you can talk, please dial 911 and allow dispatch to process your 911 call accordingly.Sheriff Lower and Chief Dossey who chair the ETSB stated, “this is yet another example of Tazewell County expanding technology to provide better service to our communities.” “We would like to thank our 911 partners and phone carriers for making this possible. In particular the staff who worked tirelessly to bring this to successful implementation.”Should anyone have any questions regarding this Text to 911 implementation they can contact the Tazewell County ETSB 911 Coordinator, Gary Michael McIntyre for further comment.
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Text to 911 is now available in Tazewell County 

The Tazewell County Emergency Telephone System Board (ETSB) and the Tazewell County Consolidated Communications Center (TC3) is pleased to announce that as of January 1, 2023, they have successfully implemented TEXT to 911 options for our communities. All residents and visitors in Tazewell County can now TEXT 911 via their cellular devices. In the event one is unable to connect with our dispatch center via text, one will receive a text response advising them to voice call 911. If you can talk, please dial 911 and allow dispatch to process your 911 call accordingly.Sheriff Lower and Chief Dossey who chair the ETSB stated, “this is yet another example of Tazewell County expanding technology to provide better service to our communities.” “We would like to thank our 911 partners and phone carriers for making this possible. In particular the staff who worked tirelessly to bring this to successful implementation.”Should anyone have any questions regarding this Text to 911 implementation they can contact the Tazewell County ETSB 911 Coordinator, Gary Michael McIntyre for further comment.

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“U up? Wyd? …I dunno just bored”

How many tax dollars went foe this? Accountability?

Great Idea!!!!

That's awesome!

It can be beneficial if a person can text for help without any noise being made when the threat is present . So this is a good thing as long as it doesn’t result in any audio response or push notification dings

Brian Stone

Where does our Sheriff stand on the the protect Illinois communities act? Can we have a statement please?

Awesome

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Happy new year to all the officers

Happy New Year and Thank You everyone at the Tazewell County Sheriff's Office for your service!

Happy New Year to the entire Sheriff's Department.

Happy New Year

Happy New year to you too

Happy New Year

Happy new year

Happy New Year🎉

Happy New Year and Stay Safe

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