Kankakee County Sheriff Discusses New Law on Non-U.S. Citizens in Law Enforcement


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Kankakee County, IL – During Wednesday’s meeting of the Kankakee County Board’s Criminal Justice Committee, Sheriff Mike Downey addressed concerns regarding a new bill allowing non-U.S. citizens to serve in law enforcement. 

According to Sheriff Downey, a significant challenge posed by the law is the restriction on non-citizens carrying firearms. He also highlighted potential issues with non-U.S. citizens arresting American citizens. The legislation grants municipalities the option to refrain from hiring non-citizens as law enforcement officers. 

Sheriff Downey stated that he currently has no plans to employ non-U.S. citizens in the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department.


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