A Safer Naper

January - Resolve To Be Safe

The Naperville Police Department is pleased to announce the continuation of the “A Safer Naper” campaign into 2019! Each month, we will continue to educate residents about important safety topics, making you our partners in preventing crime and enhancing safety within our community.

As we all ring in 2019, we encourage you to resolve to be safer this new year by keeping up with our monthly campaign online and on social media and by educating yourself on new laws that might impact you.

More than 200 new laws went into effect on Jan. 1. Here, we briefly describe just a few law-enforcement-related laws to help you understand what’s changed:

The Child Passenger Protection Act

An amendment to the Child Passenger Protection Act states that any child under the age of 2 years must be in a rear-facing child restraint system unless the child weighs 40 or more pounds or is 40 or more inches tall.

Firearms Restraining Order Act

The bill provides that a petitioner may request an emergency firearms restraining order by filing an affidavit or verified pleading alleging that the respondent poses an immediate and present danger of causing personal injury to himself, herself, or another by having in his or her custody or control, purchasing, possessing, or receiving a firearm. 

Electronic Device Use – Moving Violation

Starting in July, drivers caught texting behind the wheel will be issued a moving violation that will go on their driving record. Anyone convicted of three moving violations in a 12-month period may have their license suspended.

Back up lights

Any motor vehicle may be equipped with one or more back-up lamps either separately or in combination with other lamps which shall emit a white or amber light without glare. But any such back-up lamp or lamps shall not be lighted when the motor vehicle is in forward motion.

Vehicle Code – Unpaid Civil Penalty

A person who receives three or more Uniform Traffic Citations without paying any fees associated with the citations shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.

Victim Sensitivity Training for Police - Kayla's Law

The bill amends the Illinois Police Training Act and the Sexual Assault Incident Procedure Act to provide that on or before January 1, 2020, the Office of the Attorney General, in consultation with the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board and the Department of State Police, shall revise the comprehensive training guidelines to include responding to victims who are under 13 years of age at the time the sexual assault or sexual abuse occurred. The bill provides that on or before January 1, 2021, every law enforcement agency shall revise and implement its written policies regarding procedures for incidents of sexual assault or sexual abuse consistent with these guideline revisions. 

Humane Care for Animals Act

Nothing prohibits a law enforcement officer from taking temporary custody of a dog or cat that is a companion animal that is exposed in a manner that places the dog or cat in a life-threatening situation for a prolonged period of time in extreme heat or cold conditions that may result in injury or death of the animal or may result in hypothermia, hyperthermia, frostbite, or similar condition.

School Law Enforcement Drills

No later than 90 days after the first day of each school year, schools must conduct at least one law enforcement drill that addresses an active threat or an active shooter within a school building. The law enforcement drills are to be conducted on days/times when students are normally present in the school building and shall be observed by an appropriate law enforcement agency.

School Resource Officers

The Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board shall develop or approve a course for school resource officers. Beginning January 1, 2021, any law enforcement agency that provides a school resource officer shall provide to the school district a certificate of completion, or approved waiver indicating that the officer has completed the requisite course of instruction in the applicable subject areas within one year of assignment, or has prior experience and training which satisfies this requirement.

Substance Abuse Deflection Program

The bill creates the Community-Law Enforcement Partnership for Deflection and Substance Abuse Disorder Treatment Act and allows a law enforcement agency to establish a program to facilitate contact between a person and a licensed substance abuse treatment provider for assessment and coordination of treatment. It also provides that within six months of the effective date of the bill, all statistical data relative to deflection programs shall be made available to the Department of Human Services, Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse for inclusion in planning efforts for services to persons with criminal justice or law enforcement involvement.