GRIT Program

The Woodridge Police Department in collaboration with Woodridge schools launched an innovative educational program - GRIT. Those that have GRIT possess a special combination of GRIT_Logo_Clean - websitefirmness of character and indomitable spirit to overcome challenges. GRIT is a concept developed by Angela Duckworth, Ph.D. that explains perseverance and passion for achieving long-term goals is vital to success. Essentially, GRIT says that the people that work hard, may fail, but are willing to try again, are those most likely to succeed. GRIT will also focus on educating parents regarding the current issues facing our youth.

GRIT is often a better indicator of success than factors such as IQ or family income. The Woodridge Police Department’s GRIT program will highlight perseverance, hard work, and a drive to better oneself – lessons that can have a long-lasting impact to achieve a higher quality of life.

Please see his GRIT video series on the Woodridge Police YouTube channel.

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May 2022, Officer Calero with students from St. Scholastica sporting their crosstown classic gear.  
Community outreach Officer
Community Outreach Officers are sworn law enforcement officers responsible for providing education, security and crime prevention services in schools, as well as the community.

The Community Outreach Officer is Jon Calero (jcalero@woodridgeil.gov  630-719-4730).

Community Outreach Officers are also available to speak at PTO meetings, local community groups and businesses upon request. For example, some topics include cyber bullying, internet safety, and other current trends / issues that help to keep the children of our community safe.

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COO Jon Calero




Calero Cub Scout Tour 2022
Officer Calero is pictured with Cub Scouts after their toured the Police Department.