Lake County Sheriff deputies honored by the Chicago Crime Commission include Robert Skrypek, left and Craig Somerville, far right. NBC’s Rob Stafford is next to Skrypek and Sheriff Mark Curran is right of Somerville. – LCSO photos
by Tina Johansson
Two deputies brought much pride to the Lake County Sheriff’s Department when they were recognized at the annual Chicago Crime Commission Stars of Distinction awards banquet Nov. 16.
Robert Skrypek and Craig Somerville were honored for their extraordinary careers in law enforcement.
Skrypek was presented the “Stars of Distinction – Lifetime of Service” award. He began his career with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office in 1995, serving in court security, highway, criminal investigations, warrants division, cyber crimes unit, and tactical response team. Skrypek currently serves as a field training officer.
Deputy Skrypek has been credited with tracking down ‘dead beat dads,’ investigating and arresting child pornographers, ensuring sexual offenders are in compliance with the law, solving numerous residential and vehicular burglaries, locating and apprehending violent offenders, he’s also been credited with life-saving awards. Deputy Skrypek comes to work every day with a great attitude and takes great pleasure in serving the Lake County community.
Deputy Somerville and his exceptional canine partner, Diesel, were presented the “Paws of Distinction” award.
Among Diesel’s accomplishments this year are:
- January – located 29 individually wrapped bags of heroin, three individually wrapped bags of crack cocaine, one bag of powder cocaine, and a pistol, all of which were hidden in a vehicle compartment.
- February – encouraged two offenders to surrender during a burglary in-progress, and both were subsequently arrested without injury to deputies or themselves.
- July – successfully tracked a suicidal woman who fled a residence after cutting her wrists. The woman was located a distance away, under dense brush, and was able to seek medical treatment thanks to Deputy Somerville and Canine Diesel.
- August – successfully tracked a bank robbery offender, who fled a bank on foot, after an armed robbery. The stolen money and a handgun were located in the vicinity of where Canine Diesel tracked down the man.
“I couldn’t be more proud of how Deputy Skrypek, Deputy Somerville, and Canine Diesel represent the Lake County Sheriff’s Office,” said Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran. “It was a true honor receiving such prestigious awards from the Chicago Crime Commission.”
Lake County Undersheriff Ray Rose had this to say: “The work ethic and dedication of Deputy Skrypek and Deputy Somerville are prime examples of our raising the bar at the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. Both represent the Lake County community with a great deal of integrity, respect, and professionalism, which are the core values of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.”