Naperville 2021 Crime Statistics, Public Educational Programs, Supplemental Notice of Indictment Filed

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On Wednesday, February 16, 2022, Naperville Police invited media representatives to the Naperville Police Department for a review of crime and incident data for the City of Naperville in 2021. Due to prior engagements, PN n could not attend this media advisory.

After the presentation, information, including seven slides from the presentation, was received. The preview from chef Jason Arres is posted below in full.

Considering the graphic titled “Mental Health Incidents”, a notice regarding a public forum organized by the NDP and KidsMatter, which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 24, has been added under the remarks of Chief Arres.

Subsequently, earlier today, February 18, a press release arrived answering one of the questions readers have been asking for the past few months. This version is towards the end of this post. —PN

Jason Arres Chief of Police

The Naperville Police Department recognizes that awareness is a key factor in the overall safety of a community. Residents who are aware of the types of crimes that occur in their city are more likely to practice situational awareness, report suspicious activity to police, and take proactive steps to avoid victimization. For this reason, the Naperville Police Department presents the following overview of crime and incident data reported in 2021.

Major crimes reported in Naperville have decreased in 2021 compared to 2020 and remain low compared to other cities the size of Naperville across the country. All major crime categories decreased except for arson and felony sexual assault, where one additional incident of each was reported in 2021 compared to the previous year.

It should, however, be noted in the 2021 data an increase in shootings and seizures of firearms compared to previous years.

There were 12 reported incidents of shots being fired within city limits, up from eight (8) in 2020 and three (3) in 2019. Naperville officers also seized 146 illegal firearms in 2021, up from 82 in 2020 and 73 in 2019.

Many of the gun seizures were the result of proactive law enforcement efforts. In 2021, Naperville officers conducted 2,000 more traffic stops than in 2020, contributing to both traffic safety and crime prevention. Traffic stops show a visible police presence in the community, which has been shown to deter crime.

Our detectives have also had incredible success in their pursuit of offenders. In 2021, an offender was arrested for murder less than 48 hours after the incident, one attempted murder was solved in less than a week, and the offenders were charged in two arson cases, among many others arrests.

Despite the lower crime rates reported in 2021, the Naperville Police Department urges residents to remember that while Naperville is a safe city, it is not a crime-free city. Continue to remain alert to people and activities around you, avoid confrontations, and report suspicious activity to the police.

Partnership with the community is, and will continue to be, a key objective for our police service.

An online form to request free presentations, training and other educational offerings from the Naperville Police Department is now available at www.naperville.il.us/policepresentations. These free offerings cover a wide range of topics and help educate our citizens on ways to prevent crime and increase their safety. This, in turn, makes the whole community safer. Please review the workshops, presentations and other opportunities we offer and complete the request form to schedule your event with NPD staff today.

Thank you for your partnership in making Naperville one of the safest cities of its size in America.

Jason Arres
chief of police

NPD and KidsMatter are planning a forum on youth mental health on Thursday, February 24

The Naperville Police Department, in partnership with KidsMatter, will host a free community and parent forum from 7-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 24 at Naperville City Hall, “Protecting Our Children: Understanding and Monitoring Mental Health young people”.

A panel of professionals will discuss the types of stressors local teens face today, warning signs that a child is struggling with depression or suicidal ideation, and practical ways parents can watch out. these signs, including on their child’s device/online activity.

Immediately following the discussion, a Mental Health Resource Fair with area organizations hosted by the Youth Collaborative Team will be available to attendees as an additional resource on the topics presented.

Naperville police obtain charges related to September shootings

Dewane Leflore Level

Update, February 18, 2022 / At approximately 9:33 p.m. Wednesday, September 29, 2021, the Naperville Police Department responded to the 300 block of East Bailey Road for a report of gunfire. Officers who arrived found several spent shell casings in a nearby parking lot. No one was injured as a result of the shooting. The preliminary investigation said the shots were fired from a dark-colored sedan that drove through the parking lot and then left the area before police arrived.

On Thursday, February 17, 2022, charges were laid by the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office after a thorough investigation into the incident was conducted by the Naperville Police Department.

Levell Dewane Leflore, 27, of the 100 block of East Bailey Road, Naperville, has been charged with the following: possession or use of a firearm while on parole and careless discharge of a weapon fire.

Leflore is currently being held by the Illinois Department of Corrections on an unrelated charge.

“I think it’s important for the community to understand that while we’d like to see every case closed immediately, solving crimes and securing charges doesn’t always happen quickly,” the police chief noted. Naperville, Jason Arres, in a press release. “However, that doesn’t mean it’s not a priority for us and I can promise you we won’t give up.

Arres went on to say that this particular individual was in fact arrested the day after the incident on a separate charge, but there was evidence to be gathered, interviews to be conducted and processes to be followed in order to obtain charges for discharging the firearm.

“I want to thank the officers and detectives whose diligence and professionalism led this investigation to charges,” Arres added, “as well as the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office for their partnership in this case. .”

Arres continued, “We recently reported to the community that the number of shootings that occurred in Naperville increased last year compared to previous years. Hopefully the arrests we have made previously and the announcement of charges in this particular case provide some reassurance to residents that we take our law enforcement responsibilities seriously. We will continue to engage in proactive policing to try to prevent such actions, and we will be relentless in our response when incidents do occur to ensure we arrest offenders and hold them accountable.

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin added, “As a convicted felon on parole, there is no reason that would allow Mr. Leflore to be in possession of a firearm, as alleged in this case. I commend the Naperville Police Department for their outstanding work that led to the identification and arrest of the accused in this case and for their continued efforts to keep our communities safe.

Naperville Police would like to remind the public and the media that a charge is just a charge and a defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

Anyone with additional information regarding this crime is encouraged to contact the Naperville Police Department at (630) 420-6666 and ask for the Investigations Division.

Submitted by Naperville Public Information, Office of Professional Standards, for the Naperville Police Department.

If you see anything suspicious, say something.

Important Phone Numbers for Contacting Naperville Police

911 Emergency

Naperville Police Non-Emergency Number (630) 420-6666

Naperville Police Investigation Division (630) 420-6726

Crime Stoppers Anonymous Tip Line (630) 420-6006

The Naperville Police Department is located in the Public Safety Center, 1350 Aurora Avenue at River Road.