I was there to take photos, but I’ll allow a press release from the man who nominated Laine for the 2009 Law Enforcement Award, McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi, explain it.
Louis A. Bianchi, McHenry County State’s Attorney, is pleased to announce that Algonquin Police Chief Russell Laine received the 2009 Law Enforcement Award presented by the Illinois State Bar Association.
State’s Attorney Louis Bianchi nominated Chief Laine for this award recognizing his truly outstanding service which brings honor and respect to the criminal justice system.
This award is an acknowledgment of Chief Laine’s many accomplishments and tireless efforts to promote a positive working relationship between law enforcement and the legal profession.
In addition to being Police Chief, Chief Laine is a licensed attorney and is currently serving as President of the International Association of Chiefs’ of Police.
He has previously served as President of the McHenry County Chiefs’ of Police Association as well as the Illinois Association of Chiefs’ of Police.
The Illinois State Bar Association Law Enforcement Award is presented to Chief Laine as recognition that the law enforcement community and legal profession share the ultimate goal of serving the public and ensuring justice through fair and partial enforcement of the law.
The Illinois State Bar Association web site explains the award like this:
“The Law Enforcement Award was created to recognize sworn law enforcement officers for conduct that promotes justice and to distinguish those individuals whose service to the public brings honor and respect to the entire criminal justice system. The award is given sparingly to recognize those who truly excel in the field of law enforcement.”
Chief Laine epitomizes this goal.
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Algonquin Police Chief Russ Laine receives an award from Illinois State Bar Association President-Elect Don O’Brien of Arlington Heights. Below, on the left, you see McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi, his wife Jean and First Assistant State’s Attorney Tom Carroll.