An ISBA Law Enforcement Award was presented May 1 to John Paul Merrifield, an Illinois state trooper from Collinsville, during the Madison County Bar Association's Law Day luncheon in Edwardsville. Belleville attorney Jack Carey, a member of the ISBA Board of Governors, presented the award to Merrifield for his unique methods of enhancing the image of law enforcement and the criminal justice system.
...A 1995 graduate of the Illinois State Police Academy who has been with the state police since 1994, Merrifield also has been a counselor in Texas at a children's rehabilitation hospital and a psychiatric hospital.He has a degree in sociology from Missouri Southern State College.
After graduation, he
played pro ball in Israel, Portugal and Spain before being recruited for the Magicians by legendary Harlem Globetrotter Marques Haynes.He
has toured all 50 states plus USO ventures to entertain troops in Africa, Germany and Iceland.
basketball travels, Merrifield
often helped local officers affiliated with DARE in student assemblies to warn of the hazards of using drugs, alcohol and tobacco, and to explain the importance of obtaining a good education.
Since earning the rank of trooper, Merrifield
has taken courses in search and seizure, violent crime tracking and linking, and motor carrier safety.He attended the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Instructor Development Program, and is an instructor for the Regional Institute for Community Policing. A native of Greenville in Bond County, Merrifield was nominated for the ISBA award by 3rd Circuit Judge John D. Knight as a constant promoter of the state police and a positive law enforcement role model whose efforts help break down barriers between youths and police officers.
also received a Respect for Law Award a year ago from the Westside Optimists Club
Moonlight cruise slated June 22
ISBA members and guests who attend the Annual Meeting this month are invited to sail Lake Geneva on a moonlight cruise from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 22, aboard the "Lady of the Lake," with appetizers, cash bar and entertainment.
The cruise from the Fontana Municipal Pier is sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division, but open to all adults.The fee is $25 plus the Annual Meeting registration of $30 if paid before June 14 ($25 plus $60 after that date).