On December 6, 2012, we greeted Chief William Kushner, who joined the force in September. Chief Kushner is a 29 year veteran of the Chicago Police, as well as heading up two suburban departments in Berwyn and Lakemoor. Des Plaines is not the only suburb facing turmoil in its police force, the Chief made clear, as he talked about his previous experiences and his optimism that this department will come out even stronger and more focused in the coming months.

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The Chief emphasized the experience and skills of his officers and patrolmen, citing their excellent training and cohesiveness as a group. Our Rotary members echoed that opinion - many of us have had excellent support from the police in our various businesses and organizations. The Des Plaines crime rate is one quarter of the state-wide crime rate, according to the Chicago Tribune (2010 statistic, reported on 9/12/2012).