301 W. Franklin Street
Taylorville, IL 62568
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FROM THE SHERIFF’S DESK VOL 3, NUMBER 1
By Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp
WE START ANOTHER YEAR:
The year 2012 had its difficulties. Drug use continued to be high. The bad economy created its own problems often responsible for criminal activity. There were good things, too. Our staff continued to strengthen its performance and results. The drug take-back programs produced excellent results. This was especially important since it directly combats out-of-date prescription drugs’ availability and especially the availability of these substances to area youngsters.
TRAINING: One of the most important statements from the first monthly report in 2011 was the question of training. We were very happy to report then that the Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Illinois State Police SWAT Team hosted its first multi-agency training session. The session brought together over 20 law enforcement officers from various police agencies throughout Christian County.
In addition in early January, several of our deputies trained with the Taylorville Police Department and other local agencies in the tactics used in an active shooter situation and Rapid Deployment.
Featured in these programs were discussions and scenarios pertaining to the effective tactics utilized in Rapid Deployment Activities. This training improves our ability to provide for the safety and security of all county residents.
As part of our active shooter preparedness, active shooter policy was updated and a meeting was held with all department heads. Added to the policy was an online FEMA course to be taken by all county employees to help them be better prepared and survive an active shooter incident.
The training program in 2012 continued to expand the range of subjects, a necessary step given the constant widening of the essential activities a modern department faces.
Consider the fact that the following 12 subjects were the focus of 2012’s departmental training:
Mark 2 Field Test Instructor Training
Introduction to Court Security
Basic Firearms Instructor Certification
Hazardous Material and Blood borne Pathogens
Current Trends in Drug Abuse
Child Advocacy Training
Medico-legal Death Investigations
Liquor and Tobacco Compliance Training
Basic and Advanced New Tech Investigation Techniques
Weekly Case Law Training.
It was a fine accomplishment for our personnel to receive such an extensive range of courses that have become essential in a modern law-enforcement environment.
DEPARTMENT STATISTICS: The year 2012 was very busy and demanding. The following data indicate the scale of these activities, and there is no doubt that the performance and the value of the training program was important in helping us to deal effectively with our responsibilities.
2012 DEPARTMENT STATISTICS
Civil Process Served 2,156
Money Received for Civil Process $27,923
Total Calls for Service 5,203
Patrol Miles 249,751
Total Citations 1,716
Citations for Speed 792
Citations for Seatbelt 177
Warrant Arrests 241
Criminal Arrests 227
Domestics – Actual Calls 193
Vehicles Unlocked 125
Total Traffic Stops 2,896
The quarter-million patrol miles are especially important. We know that the frequent visibility of our deputies throughout the county definitely helps to reduce crime rates.
That in turn often creates a sense of combined recognition and involvement between our personnel and the public we serve. It is an important element in the community policing concept we have worked to strengthen.
CORRECTIONAL CENTER: The data reflects the continuing importance of this CCSO Activity.
CORRECTIONAL CENTER STATISTICS:
Prisoners Processed 1,126
Average Daily Jail Population 38
Meals Served to Inmates 41,610
Cost of Food per Meal $ 1.38
Cost per Meal (Includes Cook’s Salary) $ 2.71
Funds to be received from Federal Inmate Housing $158,340
Cost of Meals for Federal Inmates $10,925
Approximate Cost to House an Inmate for 1 Day
Includes Correctional Officers salaries, meals, utilities, medical expenses-- $49.63
2013 DEPARTMENT BUDGETS:
Sheriff’s Office Budget $2,100, 708
Correctional Center Budget $227,430
Courthouse Budget $173,351
Court Security Budget $87,078
TOTAL BUDGET $2,588,567
We were also able to make important additions to the Department’s Equipment. That quarter-million department miles makes these acquisitions essential:
Two 2013 Ford Police Interceptors were obtained from funds donated by an anonymous individual
Two office computers obtained from a grant from Wal-Mart
One in-car video camera obtained from IDOT
Five in-car video cameras purchased by CCSO
Five digital cameras
Six portable radios on 50/50 grant -- Dept paid 50%
In the next few months, we'll be continuing to focus on these areas.
Teen alcohol and drug use will remain a priority.
We’ll help our students to develop better safety awareness.
Helping seniors to be better equipped with information and understanding fraud, scams and misleading marketing.
We will continue to support and work with domestic violence victims and encourage reports of abuse without fear.
We will strengthen our efforts to help improve driving safety. Our attention to diminishing the impact of the Fatal Four in Illinois will help to continue to reduce auto accidents and the injuries that still are all too common.
We will continue to thank you, the citizens of our county, for your excellent cooperation and your efforts to help us.
Department Activity for the last 5 months: