Sheriff's Vehicle Light Replacement Program

2023 NACo Achievement Award Winner

Cook County, Ill., IL

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About the Program

Category: Criminal Justice and Public Safety (Best in Category)

Year: 2023

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Light Replacement program is designed to assist residents of Cook County who need automotive light repair yet cannot afford it. Sheriff’s Office Vehicle Servicemen provide the expertise necessary to replace defective and missing lights on vehicles. Replacing broken bulbs reduces the number of traffic-related stops, offsets auto repair costs, court costs, and associated fees, and ensures drivers are safe on the road. Between 2021 and 2022, 302 motorists' cars were repaired. We estimate that we've helped citizens avoid approximately $196,000 in repair costs and court fees. Additionally, this program has created positive community policing interactions and provided a mobile venue to provide additional resources to a community.