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Police sergeant receives award from Illinois State Bar Association

DOWNERS GROVE – Downers Grove Police Department Sgt. Joel Marquez will receive a 2014 Law Enforcement Award from the Illinois State Bar Association at 1 p.m. Wednesday during a ceremony at the DuPage County Administration Building Auditorium, 421 N. County Farm Road, Wheaton.

Marquez was nominated by Robert J. Anderson, a circuit judge in the 18th Judicial Circuit Court.

In addition to Marquez, four other law enforcement officers from judicial districts throughout Illinois are being honored.

He is being recognized for his "exceptional work to educate his fellow law enforcement officers on the long-term impact that the crime of domestic violence has on families in DuPage County," according to a press release from Chris Ruys Communications, Inc.

For the past five years, he has been an active member of the DuPage County Family Violence Coordinating Council, serving on its Court and Law Enforcement Committee, the release stated.

He has organized a number of trainings on domestic violence for county law enforcement officers where he strives to provide officers with the skills to properly investigate domestic cases, hold officers accountable and assist victims. It is an especially necessary skill in DuPage County, since officers respond to domestic calls more than any other type of call.

In his nomination, DuPage Circuit Judge Robert Anderson wrote that “historically, it has been easy for law enforcement to minimize the impact of this crime as a ‘family matter.’”

Sergeant Marquez, he continued, “has vigorously worked to educate his fellow law enforcement officers on the impact of this crime on the children and families in our county.”

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