Police: Operation Safe Passage
What is Operation Safe Passage?
Operation Safe Passage is a program designed by, and coordinated through, the Hoffman Estates Police Department. The goal of the program is to enlist as many law enforcement agencies as possible to conduct a DUI roadblock/checkpoint or a DUI saturation patrol during the same evening or weekend. In doing so, the cumulative efforts of all the agencies will remove intoxicated drivers from the roadways and provide a "safe passage" for motorists who are traveling during this period. In addition, participating agencies are asked to aggressively cite occupant restraint violations during these operations.
How Has It Worked So Far?
In 1997, two Operation Safe Passage dates were coordinated, one at Labor Day and one just prior to Christmas. A total of 57 agencies participated in the two operations. The cumulative statistics were 443 arrests, 176 being DUI arrests, 110 other alcohol violations, and 753 seat belt/child seat violations. There were over 6,400 vehicles checked and over 3,200 citations issued. In 1998, Safe Passage was conducted over Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving. A total of 89 agencies participated, making 271 DUI arrests, 448 other arrests, issuing 1369 seat belt citations ,and over 5,302 total citations. So far in 1999, two Operation Safe Passage details were conducted with a total of 71 Police Agencies participating. Over the two Holiday weekends the following results have been recorded, 306 DUI arrests, 467 other arrests, 3180 seat belt citations and over 7418 total citations.
How can a Police Department participate?
You can email Sgt. Dornbos or call (847) 781-2846 to participate in the next operation. We will forward to you the details of the next planned operation, along with a stat sheet to keep track of your total statistics. At the end of the operation, you will need to forward your final stats to the Hoffman Estates Police. When all agency totals are accumulated, a final report will be sent to all agencies participating. Each agency will choose the exact times of their operation, and if they wish to conduct either a roadblock or a saturation patrol. The operation will be conducted as per your agency regulations and policies. We encourage smaller agencies to coordinate their efforts with neighboring departments, your County Sheriff department, or your State Police district. Each agency is responsible for coordinating media releases in their area. Agencies may use data from this letter for inclusion in media releases. Hoffman Estates would like each agency to forward a copy of any news article to us for inclusion in future releases.