110513 js 0013RSPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Drug Enforcement Officers Association honored State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) with an award for his work to help undercover police Tuesday.

“I have always had an immense respect for the work of our law enforcement officers, especially those who work undercover,” Haine said. “They deliberately put themselves in dangerous, high-risk situations to make our communities safer. It is the least we can do to try and reduce the risk as much as possible.”

Representatives from the Illinois State Police and the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police presented the award for Haine’s efforts passing a law that frees police from having to wear a recording device while running an undercover sting operation.

“Undoubtedly, this law has already and—in the future—will save the life of an undercover police officer. We have an outstanding relationship working with Senator Haine,” said Laimutis Nargelenas, a representative of the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police.

Haine has previously been awarded: Public Official of the Year by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, Legislator of the Year by the Illinois State’s Attorneys Association as a state senator. Haine was also awarded Prosecutor of the Year by the St. Louis Metropolitan Major Case Squad Officers as Madison County State’s Attorney.

CAPTION: Lt. Col Terry Lemming of the Illinois State Police and President of the Illinois Drug Enforcement Officers Association presented State Senator Bill Haine (D-Alton) an award for his work with undercover police regulation.

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