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Sheriff Rick 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

St. Clair County Sheriff’s Dept.
700 North 5th Street
Belleville, IL  62220