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Riverside police chief appointed to state juvenile justice commission

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 11:38 a.m. CDT

RIVERSIDE – Riverside Police Chief Tom Weitzel recently was appointed to Illinois’ Juvenile Justice Commission by Gov. Pat Quinn.

The commission will serve as a federally mandated state advisory group to Quinn, the General Assembly and the Illinois Department of Human Services, according to a news release.

Weitzel is one of 25 members on the commission and will serve on a volunteer basis. Additionally, Weitzel is the only police chief appointed to the commission.

The commission’s goal is to advise the state on the most effective practices for juveniles who come into contact with the justice system.

Weitzel previously served as president of the West Suburban Chiefs of Police Association and currently serves on the executive board of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police.

He also is a member of the executive committee of Fight Crime Invest in Kids Illinois, a state advocacy group that promotes preschool and early learning as a means to reduce crime.

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