Lake County Law Enforcement Leaders Endorse Mike Nerheim for State's Attorney

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Candidate commits to work closely with law enforcement to fight crime, ensure justice, stop wrongful convictions in Lake County, Illinois.

Mike Nerheim Endorsed by Lake County Sheriff's Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 66

I have spent the past 14 months of my campaign, and even prior to that, going out and speaking to law enforcement leaders throughout the community

Lake County State's Attorney candidate Mike Nerheim has earned the endorsements of key law enforcement organizations, representing a major component of his drive to bring changes that include greater cooperation, communication and leadership with local law enforcement.

Lake County State's Atttorney candidate Mike Nerheim's endorsement's now include The Fraternal Order of Police Waukegan Lodge 5, the Waukegan Police Benevolent & Protective Association, the Lake County Sheriff's Fraternal Order of Police, as well as the personal endorsement of Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran.

In making the formal endorsement, The Fratemal Order of Police Waukegan Lodge No. 5 P.A.C.Chairman Al Booth said in a statement, "The members felt Mike will bring a breath of fresh air to the office and as a life long resident of Lake County he has a special interest in how the county is run. The members believe that since Mike is experienced as an Assistant States Attorney and as a criminal attomey he will understand both sides of a case. The members felt that Mike will be fair to the accused as well as the police, insuring the fair and just outcome of all cases."

In a letter announcing his organization's endorsement, Waukegan Police Benevolent & Protective Association President Chris Rohlet wrote, "It is my great pleasue to inform you that the Waukegan Police Benevolent & Protective Association, P.B.L.C. Unit #42, in recognition of your efforts on behalf of lllinois, law enforcement professionals and your continued commitment to public safety, and to the safety and security of police officers and their families, is hereby awarding you its formal endorsement for the office of the States Attorney the State of Illinois, Lake County. We wish you the best of luck and look forward to working with you." The Waukegan P.B.L.C. represents over 100 sworn police officers, detectives and specialty unit members.

Nerheim has also been endorsed by the Lake County Sheriff’s Police, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 66. The Lake County Sheriff’s FOP is among the largest FOP’s in Lake County and includes all sworn divisions of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. These law enforcement professionals are responsible for providing police protection and service to the residents of Lake County. “He has the strongest qualifications having been both a criminal prosecutor and defense attorney, as well as his civil and municipal experience,” said Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy John K. Van Dien. “Mike shared many great ideas to rectify the problems law enforcement is currently experiencing with the State’s Attorney’s Office.

The endorsements reflect Nerheim's commitment as State's Attorney to increase coordination, communication and work closely to ensure that justice is served throughout the county.

"I have spent the past 14 months of my campaign, and even prior to that, going out and speaking to law enforcement leaders throughout the community," said Nerheim in a recent interview with ABC 7's Alan Krashesky on the program News Views. "I have met with all of the chiefs of police, I have met with detectives, I have met with various groups of people. They recognize the diminished reputation of the State's Attorney's office right now is not just reflective on the State's Attorney's Office, it's reflective on law enforcement as a whole, and they're part of the process and part of the solution."

In making his endorsement of Mike Nerheim, Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran cited the candidate's innovative ideas and programs, specifically his plan for an Alternative Prosecution Program. "We incarcerate more than any other nation. I fully support the diversion proposal, as well as the candidacy of Mike Nerheim for Lake County State's Attorney," said Curran.

"My Alternative Prosecution Program gives first-time, non-violent offenders the opportunity to keep a conviction from being permanently entered on their record," said Nerheim in making that announcement in August. "It is my hope that this will allow those first-time offenders to pay their debt to society without the anchor of a criminal conviction weighing them down for the remainder of their lives. This will also help divert some of these cases away from our judicial system so we can focus on more serious and violent offenders that are harming our community."

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