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Officials push to keep area communication center

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COLLINSVILLE - Local officials are using multiple fronts to fight a state plan to close an Illinois State Police communications center in Collinsville. Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons and several police chiefs gathered Thursday...... Full story
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Metro East officials concerned about Illinois State Police consolidation
BY TERRY HILLIG • thillig@post-dispatch.com > 618-659-2075 stltoday.com | Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2012 2:00 pm

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UPDATED at 3:15 p.m. with comments of Rep. Kay.
COLLINSVILLE • Metro East law enforcement officials say they are opposed to a budget proposal that would eliminate an Illinois State Police communications center in Collinsville.
About two dozen law enforcement officials appeared at a news conference held Thursday afternoon to announce opposition to the proposed consolidation.

Read more: Metro East officials concerned about Illinois State Police consolidation
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Local law-enforcement officials denounce ISP dispatcher consolidations

BY BRIAN BRUEGGEMANN - News-Democrat

Law-enforcement officials from the metro-east held a news conference Thursday afternoon to speak against Gov. Pat Quinn's proposal to consolidate the Illinois State Police dispatch center in Collinsville with an ISP communications center in Springfield.
Chiefs and other top commanders from about 20 police departments joined Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons and St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly for the press conference.

http://www.bnd.com/2012/04/12/2138131/local-law-enforcement-officials.html


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: ISP Communications Office
April 12, 2012 217-782-6637
312-907-4601
monique_bond@isp.state.il.us
ILLINOIS STATE POLICE OFFICIALS RESPOND TO PROPOSED
COMMUNICATIONS CONSOLIDATION PLAN
Officials Commit to Improved Technology and Enhanced Officer & Public Safety
Springfield – Illinois State Police (ISP) Officials responded today to public concerns
regarding the proposed ISP communications consolidation plans.
ISP currently houses 20 communications centers, and the improved plan will
consolidate to four. The selected centers, Chicago, Springfield, DuQuoin and Sterling,
are newer centers and have been selected as sites capable of handling ISP traffic from
neighboring districts across the state.

Phase one of the plan includes consolidating Effingham (12), Carmi (19), and Ullin (22)
into DuQuoin Center (13), but does not include Collinsville (11), or Litchfield (18).
ISP Officials have maintained that no pubic safety will be compromised and citizens will
continue to receive the same level of public safety service. The plan also enhances
public safety for officers with newer technology and greater flexibility. “More than ever,
law enforcement agencies across the country are being challenged to do more with less
and must also consider the safety of their officers and the citizens they serve,” said ISP
Director Hiram Grau. “This plan will add greater technology and efficiency to our
overall public safety mission by providing real time information to dispatch operations,”
he stressed.

Officials also distinguished ISP communications centers from local 911 emergency
operations centers. ISP Communications Centers are separate from local police
agencies and there will be no impact to local agencies’ 911 emergency
operations.
ISP will be able to locate its sworn officers in real time when pending calls for service
are dispatched. Dispatching and communications capability will be greatly improved
with GPS technology that can pinpoint the location of an officer. Citizens will continue
to receive the same level of public safety service.

In addition to ISP’s STARCOM 21 radio network, communications capability will be
greatly improved with GPS technology. Citizens will continue to receive the same level
of public safety service.
Response times will be improved even further with the “closest car concept.” ISP
telecommunicators will be able to pinpoint an officer’s location through GPS, directing
the officer who is closest to the call.

Regardless of their location, telecommunicators will continue to have the same access
to investigative information, including parolee information, via the Law Enforcement
Agencies Data System (LEADS). Officials stress that there is no correlation to the
location of a communications center and crime and are committed to working with area
police chiefs and public safety officials to address their concerns.

"The challenges of crime that we face together with ISP in the Metro East are unique,
and so are the state's budget problems," stated St. Clair County State's Attorney
Brendan Kelly. "I'm confident we can work with the state to address the concerns that
have been raised in a smart way that improves public safety,” he added.



A sampling of total daily calls for service from the area consolidation centers includes:
  • Collinsville 349 (average of 14 calls per hour)
  • Effingham 107 (average of 4 calls per hour)
  • DuQuoin 179 (average of 7 calls per hour)
  • Litchfield 13 (less than 1 call per hour)


The Illinois State Police is committed to providing quality service to the citizens of Illinois
and the proposed consolidation plan illustrates our everyday commitment to fighting
crime, and making communities safer.
 

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