CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF DEPARTMENT
301 W. Franklin Street
Taylorville, IL 62568
 
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Bruce Kettelkamp
Sheriff
 

CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

CORRECTIONAL CENTER * 9-1-1 CENTER

301 W. FRANKLIN STREET • P. O. BOX 678 • TAYLORVILLE, IL 62568

 

SHERRIFF BRUCE KETTELKAMP PHONE (217) 824-4961

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FROM THE SHERIFF’S DESK

By Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp

 

THE YEAR DRAWS TO A CLOSE

 

It has been a very good year in many ways.  Next month’s issue of FROM THE SHERIFF’S DESK will present a review of 2012’s objectives, goals, performances, and results.  It was also a critical year in many respects.   A difficult economy and challenging social changes brought increasing pressure and frustration.  Overall, I believe we succeeded in many of our endeavors and will be able to produce positive plans to improve even more in the next year.

 

As we reach Christmas and the end of the year, it’s a good time to reflect on some things that were important in other ways.  Loved ones that were lost.  Families who faced heavy burdens. 

 

And in the world of law enforcement, we have many such concerns as well, being members of a force dedicated to the protection of the community and all which that involves. 

 

We recently experienced such a situation, when Illinois State Trooper Kyle Deatherage, Badge number 6128, was killed in the line of duty on November 26th, while engaged in a routine traffic stop on I-55.  He was struck by a truck and killed.   He had joined the ISP in May, 2009.

 

The Illinois State Police honored this Fallen Officer with a Memorial Service grieving the loss of our brother.  He was an outstanding trooper, praised by fellow officers and the department leadership. He had an excellent standard for his performance.

 

As an example of his commitment to service, he had joined 29 other ISP officers and traveled to the east coast to assist New Jersey police officers in dealing with Hurricane Sandy.  He is survived by his wife, his daughter, and his son.

 

Many others have had to face such a loss.  For example, the Illinois chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors, or ILCOPS is an organization dedicated to honoring those who have fallen.  It was started in 1984 with 110 individual memberships.  Today their membership has grown to more than 15,000 families.

 

And of course there are many of us who face the problems of losing a loved one during the Christmas season.

 

Grieving for a loved one is always difficult, but as pointed out by the website Hospice, the sorrow deepens against the background of a joyous, happy Christmas season.  In fact the anticipation of a holiday without a loved one is often more difficult than the holiday itself.

 

There are some things that can help during this time.  Sharing fears and concerns with families and close friends can be important steps.  Telling them what they can do to help is often valuable and effective.  In truth, there is no right way to grieve.  It is an individual process and experience.  

 

There are many organizations and websites with useful, proven ideas for dealing with this time.  Such a site, Caring Connections, located at www.caringinfo.org is an excellent example, featuring a wide range of support measures.

 

The following poem has helped brighten many lives when fate has brought grieving and the Holidays together:

 

MY FIRST CHRISTMAS IN HEAVEN

 

I see the countless Christmas trees

 around the world below,

With tiny lights, like Heaven’s stars,

  reflecting on the snow

 

The sight is so spectacular,

  please wipe away the tear,

For I am spending Christmas with

  Jesus Christ this year.

 

I hear the many Christmas songs

  that people hold so dear,

But the sounds of music can’t compare

  with the Christmas choir up here.

 

I have no words to tell you,

  the joy their voices bring,

For it’s beyond description

  to hear the angels sing.

 

I know how much you miss me,

  I see the pain inside your heart,

But I am not so far away,

  we really aren’t apart.

 

So be happy for me, dear ones,

 you know I hold you dear,

And be glad I’m spending Christmas

  with Jesus Christ this year.

 

I sent you each a special gift

  from my heavenly home above,

I sent you each a memory

  of my undying love.

 

After all, love is a gift

  more precious than pure gold,

It was always most important

   in the stories Jesus told.

 

Please love and keep each other,

  my Father said to do,

I can’t count the blessing or love

  He has for each of you.

 

So have a Merry Christmas

  and wipe away that tear,

Remember, I am spending Christmas

  with Jesus Christ this year.

 

 

A very Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Year to each and every one of you.

 

Department Activity for the last 5 months:

 

July

August

September

October

November

Warrants

12

9

16

17

23

Citations

108

93

104

126

121

Crashes

25

30

39

28

32

DUI’s

4

4

2

4

2
Civil Process

179

210

143

162

155

Criminal Arrests

19

16

14

18

12

Domestic Calls

21

13

11

14

13

Calls For Service

326

502

269

521

419

Correctional Center

Prisoners Processed

101

85

90

80

99

Average Daily Population

40

46

42

40

36

Fingerprints

10

8

8

7

7

Transports

33

U/A

23

21

15`

Transport Mileage

1985

U/A

532

1414

660

Transport Hours

89

U/A

56

56

52.5