Address 700 N. 5th Street, 2nd Floor Belleville, IL 62221 Phone (618) 277-1550 Fax (618) 277-1553
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Sheriff Richard Watson

Sheriff
St Clair County SD
700 North 5th Street
Belleville, IL 62221
Phone: (618) 277-3505
  • Sheriff Watson is from the Chicago area
  • Attended Eastern Illinois University
  • Masters Degree Program completed May 2014
  • Taught and coached at Cahokia High School
  • Began his law enforcement career in 1978 in Cahokia, IL under the guidance of the then Chief Mearl Justus
  • Retired as Chief of Police in Cahokia in 2011
  • Attended FBI Academy in Quantico, VA
  • Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis-Executive Board Member
  • Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Member
  • Department of Corrections Advisory Board Member
  • Mobile Training Unit #14-Board Member
  • 911 Board Chairman
  • Awarded the Illinois State Bar Association Law Enforcement Award – May 29, 2014
  • Awarded the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Chairman Award – March 2015
  • Addressing the overcrowded jail and the need for the jail expansion
  • Established St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department Scared Straight Program. A program to deter “HIGH RISK” youths from becoming part of the Criminal Justice System.
  • Implementation of the Business/Residence and well being checks for St. Clair County community.
  • Reestablished and enhanced the St. Clair County Neighborhood Watch Program.
  • Enhanced the Inmate Rehabilitation Program in St. Clair County whereby roadways are removed of trash and debris and the St. Clair County Parks was improved.
  • Reestablished the D.A.R.E program in St. Clair County
  • Redirected community patrols and implemented pro-active patrol card program
  • Implemented the “Vacation Home Check”
  • Married to wife Janice over 26 years, 3 children, 7 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren