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DuPage County Sheriff

James Mendrick

PRESS RELEASE

Contact Information: Domrose #563 ~ 630.407.2010

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Sheriff’s Program Provding a Way to Clean Up Offenders Act

DuPage County Sheriff John Zaruba created S.W.A.P (Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program) back in 1994 as an alternative to incarceration for first time offenders who have the potential to avoid recidivism.  

Sheriff Zaruba’s S.W.A.P program has assisted townships, towns and communities for years by having nonviolent sentenced offenders pay back their debt to society through community based projects. These offenders help improve our community with job tasks including roadside clean-up, removing gang graffiti, and beautification projects in the communities. 

S.W.A.P. is currently assisting Glendale Heights Park District with a mulching project that will beautify the town and save the Village of Glendale Heights over $7,000 in labor costs. This project is a multiple day job where offenders will pick up garbage, pull weeds and lay mulch along roadways and local parks throughout the village. 

DuPage County non-violent offenders are normally sentenced to between five (5) and ten (10) days in which they have approximately one year in which to complete their sentence. These offenders are transported to worksites in marked Sheriff’s Office vans and are supervised by specially trained uniformed deputies.  

S.W.A.P. is for non-violent offenders only. Defendants who are found guilty of any violent or sexual offenses are not eligible. For more information on S.W.A.P. please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 630-407-2280.