Senior crime specialist gets award

The Office of the Illinois Attorney General has honored Evanston's civilian Senior Service Officer Amanda Jones for over eight years of commitment and dedication to preventing crimes against seniors.

Jones, the liaison between the Evanston Police Department and the Evanston community, gives educational and training workshops to senior residents and at the Evanston Citizen Police Academy.

She also provides information, referrals and assistance to elderly citizens and writes crime prevention and recovery articles for local boards, commissions and newsletters. Some of her notable efforts include the File of Life Medical Emergency Card program, her Seniors On Safety Crime Prevention manual and In-Service Training for Law Enforcement and senior service agencies.

Jones has worked as the Senior Crime Prevention Specialist since February 1999 when she became the first state-certified Evanston Police Department Elderly Service Officer to devote an entire program to Evanston seniors.

"It's a great feeling to know that in the eyes of an institution such as the Office of the Attorney General that I make a difference. Because I love what I do and I love who I do it for," says Jones.

The Elderly Service Officer of the Year Award for Outstanding Service to Older Citizens is awarded at the Annual Illinois State TRIAD Conference and presented by the Office of the Illinois Attorney General to elder service professionals who have demonstrated their commitment to the aging population.

TRIAD represents the three branches of service dedicated to serving older adults; law enforcement, senior service agencies and the older adults themselves. For more information on the Senior Crimes Prevention Program, contact Amanda Jones at (847) 866-5011 or visit the city's website.

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