Completely Banned for the Greater Good
- Sep 5, 2003
A custodian carrying a length of pipe at the national headquarters of State Farm Insurance in Bloomington (Ill.) set off a huge police response from several agencies. In the aftermath there were complaints by McLean County sheriff Mike Emery and city of Normal police chief Kent Crutcher about poor radio communications for the 100 officers at the scene. That was news to Bloomington city officials, who said they never heard any radio problems during the incident, nor did they hear on-scene complaints by any law enforcement officials. The county and Normal use the state's Starcom 21 radio network (Motorola 700/800 MHz P25 trunked), while Bloomington uses its own radio system (453 MHz repeated). Bloomington police officials did acknowledge poor coverage in some basement areas of the headquarters building, which they previously knew about. Read some of the back-and-forth here (http://www.pantagraph.com/articles/2008/07/12/news/doc48778389e8b1a334298590.txt).