Police Officer Joel Eric

Joel Eric (JPG)

Length of time working for the Village of Skokie?
Since 2019

What do you like most about your job?
I like the variety of calls that I respond to and I enjoy how each working day is never mundane. I also enjoy giving children tours of police cars because they have so much fun when they get to turn on the emergency lights. 

What do you like most about Skokie?
I enjoy how diverse the community is. I learn something new every day and it is fascinating learning about other people’s cultures and lives.

Why did you choose a career in law enforcement?
I chose to be a police officer because I thought it was an interesting and rewarding job that allows you to do something different each day. Additionally, I wanted to become a police officer because I enjoy interacting with people/ community members and I knew this job would give me the opportunity to speak to many people with different backgrounds.

How does your background help you carry out your job duties and serve the community?
I grew up in Skokie and I often come across people I grew up with. Sometimes, I come across familiar individuals who never dealt with the police and they feel more comfortable when they see a police officer they know. When I’m not working, I frequently visit my friends who still live in Skokie. I feel committed to working hard and making a positive impact in the community where I grew up 

What’s been your most interesting experience while on the job in Skokie?
One time, I went on a park patrol. I saw someone working out at the park and he agreed to do a pull-up contest with me. I lost the challenge, but it was still enjoyable to compete against someone who I later found out was a college football player!

What is your proudest accomplishment in your work for the Village of Skokie?
During the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, my Sergeant asked me to stop by a young boy’s birthday party. The birthday boy got to sit inside the driver’s seat of the police car and he was able to turn on the emergency lights. It made me feel very happy to see the look on the boy’s face when the police arrived at his birthday party. While we aren’t able to do birthday party visits anymore, I always look forward to block parties, National Night Out and other chances to interact with the community. 

What are your favorite Skokie restaurants?
I really like to eat at Hub’s, Nando’s PERi-PERi, and at the Nordstrom’s Cafe.