Illinois Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor
The Illinois Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor (TSRP) position is currently being held by Jennifer Cifaldi. TSRPs are typically current or former prosecutors who serve as subject matter experts in the area of traffic safety with an emphasis on Impaired Driving. The TSRP’s duties include providing training, education, and technical support and resources to traffic prosecutors and law enforcement officers throughout Illinois. The TSRP also works with victim advocacy groups in Illinois, specifically Mother’s Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) and Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM).
Meet Jennifer Cifaldi, the IL TSRP
Jennifer Cifaldi is the Illinois Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor and is employed by the University of Illinois at Springfield through a grant from the Illinois Dept. of Transportation. She has held this position since October of 2016. Prior to that, Jennifer served as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Adams County, Illinois for 20 years, prosecuting traffic cases at both the felony and misdemeanor level. She also was an adjunct professor at Hannibal-LaGrange University for their advanced degree program in Criminal Justice.
In 2007, Jennifer developed a DUI No-Refusal search warrant model that has now been adopted as the standard for Law Enforcement agencies and Prosecutor Offices across Illinois. She has conducted numerous training sessions on the topic for law enforcement personnel, as well as other prosecutors. Additionally, she has instructed at numerous ARIDE programs and at DRE school.
In the spring of 2018, with support from the Buffett Foundation, Jennifer implemented the first forensic phlebotomy program in Illinois. Drug Recognition Experts from Macon County, Illinois, a dean from Richland Community College and Jennifer traveled to Phoenix, Arizona to attend the forensic phlebotomy training that Arizona has been utilizing for over 20 years. The Illinois officers have been performing their own venipunctures back at their own departments since that time. Jennifer is now working with RCC to begin offering classes to Illinois law enforcement officers to become phlebotomists.
In 2016, Jennifer was the recipient of the National Traffic Safety Prosecutor of the Year award. She was also the recipient of the MADD Hero award in 2011 for her work on prosecuting DUI cases. And in 2014, she was awarded the 2014 Murphy Leadership award for her vision, execution and relentless effort to eliminate impaired driving and underage drinking. Additionally, she serves on the Illinois Impaired Driving Task Force Committee.
Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and Society from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana in 1993 and her Juris Doctorate from Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana in 1996. She resides in Quincy, Illinois with her husband and son.