St. Clair County Sheriff

Sheriff Richare Watson. Richard "Rick" Watson
St. Clair County Sheriff

  • Sheriff Watson is from the Chicago area
  • Graduate Eastern Illinois University
  • Graduate Masters Degree Program at Lindenwood University
  • Taught at Cahokia High School
  • Began his law enforcement career in 1978 in Cahokia, IL under the guidance of the then Chief Mearl Justus
  • Retired as Chief of Police in Cahokia in 2011
  • Graduate FBI Academy in Quantico, VA
  • Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis-Executive Board Member
  • Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Executive Member
  • Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Former Chairman
  • Awarded the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Chairman Award-March 2015
  • Illinois Department of Corrections Board Member
  • Mobile Training Unit #14-Board Member
  • 911 Board Chairman
  • Metro East Police Commission Board Member
  • Awarded the Illinois State Bar Association Law Enforcement Award 2014
  • Addressing the overcrowded jail and the need for the jail expansion
  • Established St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department Scared Straight Program. A program to deter “HIGH RISK” youths from becoming part of the Criminal Justice System.
  • Implementation of the Business/Residence and well being checks for St. Clair County community.
  • Reestablished and enhanced the St. Clair County Neighborhood Watch Program.
  • Enhanced the Inmate Rehabilitation Program in St. Clair County enhancing roadways and communities by removing trash and debris
  • Reestablished the D.A.R.E program in St. Clair County in 2012
  • Redirected community patrols and implemented pro-active patrol card program
  • Implemented the “Vacation Home Check”
  • Married to wife Janice over 29 years, 3 children, 7 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren
  • Active member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Cahokia, IL
  • Dedicated to our youth because they are our future
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