In 2008 the Manteno Police Department began a Senior Citizen Academy and Program to educate the senior citizens about law enforcement and provide safety information geared towards them. The program was started by Sgt William Cushman who built the program from scratch to an educational opportunity for the senior community in Manteno. Sgt Cushman retired in June of 2016, and Ptlm Aaron Tobeck stepped up to lead the program. Ptlm Tobeck has over 11 years of law enforcement experience with the Manteno Police Department.
Senior Citizens Police Academy: The Manteno Police Department holds an annual senior citizens Police academy where seniors are educated on the operations of their local Police department, learning what occurs from the beginning of a call for help, law enforcement's response, and the completion with the prosecution of the offender. This academy consists of six weekly classes, a field trip, and a graduation luncheon where students are issued certificates of completion and honoured for their achievement.
Monthly Senior Safety Meetings: Manteno seniors are offered a monthly safety briefing on current alerts on fraud, crimes, and safety issues. In the past year these sessions have included Information on Identity theft, Home Safety, and Health information for seniors. Speakers have included members of the Manteno Fire Department, Riverside and Provena St. Mary’s Hospital, the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department and members of the Manteno Police Department.
NOTE: Senior Safety Meetings will not start until March 2018
Annual Senior Citizen Safety Picnic: The Senior Citizen Safety picnic, held in June, allows Manteno senior citizens to come together to enjoy food, games, competition, music, and dancing. They are also able to meet with venders geared towards senior citizen safety. The 2009 picnic was the first annual picnic; activities included bingo, a pie baking contest and a bean bag tournament. There was also live music and dancing. The food for the picnic was donated by Manteno Restaurants. The Picnic has been a continued success each year.
Never open the door and let anyone in your home unless you have confirmed identification. Call 9-1-1 if you feel uncomfortable and let the police check their identification.
Never give out any personal information (i.e., bank account numbers, Social Security numbers, or credit card numbers) to anyone over the telephone.
If you have questions or comments about any of the Senior Services offered by the Manteno Police Department contact Ptlm. Aaron Tobeck at (815) 929-4801 extension 3017 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org