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

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 This was especially important since it directly combats out-of-date prescription drugs’ availability and especially the availability of these substances to area youngsters.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

Excited Delirium

Current Trends in Drug Abuse

Child Advocacy Training

Deception Management

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

DUI’S 46

Citations for Seatbelt 177

Suspended/Revoked 76

Warrant Arrests 241

Criminal Arrests 227

Crashes 388

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:

 

 

August

September

October

November

December

Warrants

9

16

17

23

21

Citations

93

104

126

121

72

Crashes

30

39

28

32

47

DUI’s

4

2

4

2

       2

Civil Process

210

      143

162

155

137

Criminal Arrests

16

14

18

12

6

Domestic Calls

13

11

14

13

15

Calls For Service

502

269

521

419

458

Correctional Center

Prisoners Processed       

85

90

80

99

68

Average Daily Population

46

42

40

36

36

Fingerprints

8

8

7

7

6

Transports

U/A

23

21

15

7

Transport Mileage

U/A

532

1414

660

696

Transport Hours

U/A

56

56

52.5

44