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Two new Crete Police Officers

Two new Crete Police Officers were sworn in at the Village board meeting on Monday evening.

John Iannucci and Nevin Lennett are the newest members of the Crete Police Department.

“This brings us to full staff of 21, for the first time in 5 years or longer,” Crete Police Chief Scott Pieritz said.

Officers Iannucci and Lennett are scheduled to start 14 weeks of training at the Macon County Law Enforcement Training Center on August 14. Three other Crete officers are currently attending police academy – one set to graduate about two weeks from now, the other two later next month.

“Once all of them graduate, they will enter a 12-week field training program at Crete PD. We won’t have them all fully trained and on street until March 2023,” Chief Pieritz said.

At that point, the total number of patrol officers will be 15, including detectives and school resource officers, four Sergeants, one Deputy Chief and one Chief.

National Night Out

The 2022 National Night Out Policing Community event is tonight, between 5 and 7:30 pm, at Monee Reservoir. Bring the whole family and join us for community fun, with lots of activities and great food. Here’s the video from last year’s event:

2022 Law Enforcement Torch Run Pictured

From Crete to Beecher to Monee – the 2022 Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run was successfully completed today, despite heatwave temperatures, thanks to the extraordinary resilience of police officers, athletes, their families and staff from Crete-Monee Special Athletics.

Big thank you to Crete Police Department for the strong showing of support, Crete Emergency Management Agency for assisting with traffic, Crete-Monee Special Athletics, Michelle Calderone and the athletes for being super awesome, and to everyone who came out to support the runners as they raise funds for Special Olympics.

Also thank you to Hazel Crest Police Department and Tinley Park Police Department.

Law Enforcement Torch Run Today

Come out and cheer on Crete’s Finest as the annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics is passing through town today at around 11 am.

Started in 1981, the Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest, worldwide grass-roots fundraising movement for the Special Olympics. In Illinois alone, 3,000 police officers, sheriff’s deputies, correction officers, support staff and other volunteers, carry the Flame of Hope nearly 1,500 miles, to the Opening Ceremony of the Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games in Normal.

Today, at around 11 am, Officers from Steger Police will pass on the Flame of Hope to Crete’s Finest, when they meet at Chicago and Richton. From there, Crete Officers will carry the flame to Main and Burville, passing it on to Monee PD.

This year’s Special Olympics Summer Games is scheduled for June 17 – 19.

To learn more, visit

Police Seeking Help Regarding Attempted Carjacking

Crete Police Chief Scott Pieritz released a statement Wednesday afternoon regarding an attempted carjacking incident in the Village.

“At approximately 3:00 a.m. this morning, officers were dispatched to the area of Brenner Court and Innsbruck Lane for a call of “shots fired.”,” the statement began.

Chief Pieritz says the victim told responding officers that after arriving home from work and sitting in their car, a tan or gold SUV pulled up behind and a black male suspect got out with a handgun and approached the victim in their vehicle.

“The victim placed their vehicle in reverse to get out of the area, and the suspect shot several rounds in their direction, striking their vehicle. The victim continued to drive in reverse, striking the suspect’s vehicle in the front passenger side. The victim fled the area in their vehicle and contacted the police,” Chief Pieritz said.

No injuries were reported and officers canvassed the area and collected evidence. Crete detectives are investigating the incident as attempted carjacking, and it appears so far to be an isolated incident.

Chief Pieritz is asking any witnesses, anyone with knowledge of a tan or gold SUV with damage corresponding to the episode, or residents who may have security footage of the incident, to contact Detective Lucia of the Crete Police Department.

Tips can be reported anonymously by phone or email: (708) 672-0912 or

Adam Groszek Promoted to Deputy Chief

Detective Sergeant Adam Groszek was promoted to Deputy Chief on Tuesday.

Deputy Chief Groszek joined Crete Police Department as an officer in 2006. He was promoted to sergeant in 2017, and graduated from Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command last year.

Crete Police Chief Pieritz describes Deputy Chief Groszek as a well-organized, motivated and tech-savvy investigator:

“Using those skills, Deputy Chief Groszek has cleared several high-profile cases in his career, including working with the ATF to solve armed robberies in the Chicago Southland, recover stolen firearms and vehicles, and bringing justice to individuals involved in crimes against children,” Chief Pieritz said.

Chief Pieritz says he believes Deputy Chief Groszek’s training and experience will benefit the community, and help move the department forward.

Crete Prepares for Snowstorm

Crete Fire Chief Mike Waterman said on Monday that the Village of Crete would put additional measures in place to prepare for the upcoming snowstorm.
“The Village of Crete, the Crete Fire Department, the Crete Police Department, Crete Public Works and Crete Emergency Management Agency (EMA), we all met this morning in preparation for the upcoming snowstorm,” Chief Waterman said.
According to, a ‘winter storm watch’ is in effect from Tuesday evening through Thursday afternoon, with anticipated snow accumulation from 5 to 15 inches.
“We called in extra personnel for the fire station, and all department heads are coordinating to provide emergency services if necessary,” Chief Waterman said.
Compared to previous years, Crete has seen relatively mild snowfall so far, with only minor impact on travel.
“Motorists have been very careful, and we haven’t seen major incidents so far. We encourage everyone to continue being careful the next couple days,” Chief Waterman added.

Crete PD Assist U.S. Marshals Service

Crete Police Department assisted the U.S. Marshals Service and the Illinois Department of Corrections with an arrest yesterday.

“The U.S. Marshals Service requested our assistance in detaining an individual who was wanted for a parole violation,” Crete Police Chief Pieritz said.

Early Tuesday morning, a large group of law enforcement officers located the individual in the area of Vincennes and Division St.

“Officers located and arrested the subject without incident,” Chief Pieritz said, adding that “Crete Police Department is always happy to assist our law enforcement partners when possible.”

Crete Community Cleanup Day

Crete Community Cleanup Day is Saturday, Oct 2nd 8am to 12pm. Registration/Assignment area starts 7:45 am @ Willard Wood Center located 515 First St. Registration runs til 11am. Free coffee, water, donuts. Pre-register: with number of people.

REMINDER The Crete Community Clean-Up Day Event is this Saturday, October 2nd 8am to 12pm. Registration/Map of…

Posted by Cpd Pieritz on Monday, September 27, 2021

Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

Firemen’s Park
5218 W. Court Street

Prayer – Pastor Kevin DeVries, Monee Free Methodist Church
Pledge of Allegiance

Officer Stephen Crescenti performs 362 Burpees to honor
law enforcement hero lost in 2020. Be there to cheer him on!

12pm Refreshments and patriotic observance

Anthony Cyranek and special guests
Frankie Hollywood Rodriguez Live & Demetrios Rizos

Cash Raffle for the Officer Down Memorial Fund (
Honoring law enforcement officers who have fallen in the line of duty

Officers, bring your business card to drop in a special raffle!

Back the Blue!