Office of Justice Programs (OJP)

Skokie Police Department Automated External Defibrillator Program

BJA Program(s): Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program
State(s): IL

Jurisdiction(s): Chicago/Cook County

Grantee Agency: City of Chicago
Subgrantee Agency: Village of Skokie

Grant Amount/Year(s): FY 2012/11,835; FY 2013/11,890

About the Program:

Subsequent to an internal assessment in 2012 of Department resources and operational needs, the Skokie Police Department identified a deficiency in its ability to respond properly to emergency medical events related to cardiac arrest or heart attack. The Department possessed no Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) for deployment in Department squad cars. Because Police Officers patrol Village streets 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, rather than responding from a fixed location, they arrive on-scene before the arrival of emergency medical service personnel on as many as 50 percent of applicable calls. Given this fact, Police Officers equipped with AEDs could conceivably provide life-saving defibrillation in advance of the arrival of EMS personnel, thereby increasing the survival chances for the victims. In recognition of this deficiency and lacking the availability of local monies, the Department sought and received funding through the FY12 and FY13 Byrne Justice Assistance Grants for the purchase of AEDs, infant/child keys, electrode pads, CPR masks, and protective cases. Nine such Automated External Defibrillator systems were purchased through the FY12 Byrne JAG grant, and eight more were purchased with FY13 Byrne JAG grant monies. The 24/7 deployment of the AEDs to the Police Department fleet has permitted the ready availability of AEDs and trained Police personnel in all of the Village’s geographic zones on all three shifts.

Program Successes/Effect on the Community:

The benefit to the health and well-being of community members is clear, and no better exemplified than in the Skokie Police Department response to a very recent incident. Recently, SPD Officers successfully used a JAG funded Automated External Defibrillator (AED) on a non-responsive female. The responding officers had been properly trained and were able to use the new equipment successfully prior to the arrival of EMS personnel. Without the availability of this life-saving equipment made possible through funding by the Byrne JAG Grant program, the victim would not be alive today. As stated in the FY12 Byrne Grant Annual Report, "...although the opportunities for use of the AEDs will be few, their availability in but a single incident will be truly significant, and will more than justify the cost of purchase of all of the approved units." It has. The victim is reportedly in ill health but is currently in stable condition. Nevertheless, please accept the thanks of the Skokie Police Department and the Village of Skokie for your part in allowing this to happen and for this life to be preserved. Please also extend our thanks to those at the Department of Justice for facilitating the awarding of this grant to our Department.

Learn More:
To learn more about the program, please contact:
Dane Smith
Assistant to the Chief
Village of Skokie Police Department
Phone: 847-982-5915

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