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Taylorville, IL 62568
 
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                  CHRISTIAN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

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FROM THE SHERIFF’S DESK, VOL. 3, NR. 4

By Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp

 

NATIONAL POLICE WEEK

 

  In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15th falls as National Police Week.

 

  It pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.  

 

  National Police Week 2013 was observed last week from Sunday, May 12th through Saturday, May 18th.

 

It is a collaborative effort of many organizations.  Principal organizers are:

 

* National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), which sponsors an annual Candlelight Vigil at the National Law Enforcement Officers memorial.

 

* Fraternal Order of Police/Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary (FOP/FOPAj), which organizes the Peace Officers Memorial Day Service at the U.S. Capitol.

 

*Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), which conducts the National Police Survivors’ Conference.

 

The FBI said that 72 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty last year. Two officers were from Illinois, one being Trooper Kyle Deatherage from the District 18 Litchfield office. Their average age was 38.

 

Already in the first 4 months of 2013, 45 lines of duty deaths have happened, one from Illinois.  Their average tour of duty was 13 years, 7 months. 

 

During the ceremony, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converged on Washington, D.C. to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have made the ultimate sacrifice.

 

President Obama took part speaking to those attending the National Peace Officers Memorial Service on Capitol Hill.  He honored the memory of a Jupiter, Florida police officer who was struck by a car and killed last year while he was riding his motorcycle in the president’s motorcade.

 

The Memorial Service first occurred in 1982 as a gathering in Senate Park with approximately 120 survivors and supporters of law enforcement attending.    Now, 31 years later, and known today as National Police Week, it attracts thousands of survivors and enforcement officers to our Nation’s capital.

 

In fact, attendance is currently as high as 40,000 attendees.  They came from departments throughout the United States as well as agencies in other parts of the world.

 

The names of the officers killed while on duty, were read.  Those names have been engraved on the National Law Enforcement Memorial.

 

One of the conference days is dedicated to helping surviving family and co-workers deal with the grief they experience.  C.O.P.S Kids and Teens of fallen officers spend the day with activities to help them understand and accept the loss. 

 

When C.O.P.S was organized in 1984, they had 110 individual members.  Today C.O.P.S membership is over 15,000 families.  They offer a wide range of training and assistance programs for these families.

 

It was wonderful to hear about all the programs and activities in national recognition of the sacrifices of the fallen.  As President Obama noted, "We can never pay our debt to these officers and their families, but we must do all that we can to live our lives in a way that pays tribute to their memory."

 

SYNTHETIC DRUGS BRINGING INCREASED RISKS AND DANGERS

 

WHAT ARE THEY?

 

These new age designer drugs are increasingly popular and pose a new problem for law enforcement agencies and a threat to those who try them.

 

They have a slightly different chemical structure from similar preparations which were outlawed last year.  The result is that they appear in regular storefronts as unregulated substances.  They are marketed as "bath salts", "plant food" or "research chemicals". 

 

They are also growing in availability and appeal.  In fact Poison Control Centers in the United States are receiving calls about cases of poisoning from these drugs.  Currently they are all actual drugs of abuse.   They are sold as crystals, powders, and liquids with a variety of names such as Spice, K2, Moon Rocks, Bliss, Rave, and Cloud 9.

 

They are typically sold in drug paraphernalia shops, smoke shops, convenience stores, or gas stations.  They are commonly labeled "unfit for human consumption" or "for cleaning purposes."

 

Many substance abuse and mental health organizations are reporting alarming increases in emergency room visits related to the use of these substances.  In fact one report which tracked the visits linked to synthetic drug abuse found more than 11,000 such visits nationwide. And worse, 75% of these visits were from people ranging in age from 12 to 29.

 

The bath salts group refers to a family of drugs containing one or more synthetic chemicals related to cathinone, an amphetamine-like stimulant.  The other major group contains synthetic cannabinoids, popularly known as synthetic marijuana.  Reports on teen consumption now show synthetic marijuana to be the most used drug among 10th and 12th graders after tobacco and alcohol.

 

A recent CNN article reported in February that a teen had narrowly escaped death after smoking synthetic marijuana.  In another case a 16-year-old girl ended up in intensive care for weeks.  An MRI revealed that she had suffered several strokes.

 

A third group of synthetic drugs are known only by a combination of letters and numbers.  2C-1  2CV-2 are examples.   Some of these numbered substances are very dangerous.  For example, 25B-NBOMe has been reported in Australia to have produced fatal effects on numerous users.

 

Remember, designer drugs or whatever they may be called, are widely thought by potential users to be actually safe, legal items that produce a non-threatening high.  They think of them as "natural" and therefore pose no risk.  Another attraction is that many of these preparations are not easily detected in standard drug tests.

 

HOW TO FIGHT THEM

 

If you see any of these items in a store, report it to local law enforcement.  They can check to see if the product is legal or not.

 

That can also lead to initiating actions to get such a product banned.  The whole process of analysis is being accelerated.  In some cases, what used to take up to eight months is now down to four weeks.

 

Talk with your children about these drugs if you overhear conversations about such things as K2, bath salts, or Purple Wave.  Such conversations are not easy, but it’s a proven fact that children who learn about the risks of drug use from their parents are 50% less likely to use drugs. 

 

To learn more about how to deal such situations together with many excellent examples and suggestions, check online such sites as www.drugfree.org, or www.getsmartaboutdrugs.com/content/prevent.html , which is a new DEA webpage about preventing drug abuse.

 

The battle is underway, and we all have to do whatever we can to end it successfully.

 

Department Activity for the last 5 months:

 

December

January February March

April

Warrants

21

34

25

18

14

Citations

72

80

111

115

154

Crashes

47

28

24

40

29

DUI’s

2

4

4

7

5
Civil Process

137

150

92

120

127

Criminal Arrests

6

8

8

18

7

Domestic Calls

15

16

14

15

16

Calls For Service

458

398

402

492

484

Correctional Center

Prisoners Processed

68

76

98

72

80

Average Daily Population

36

37

46

39

42

Fingerprints

6

7

7

7

7

Transports

7

11

16

15

12

Transport Mileage

696

613

1029

1502

1256

Transport Hours

44

47

49

51

47