Row upon row of brand-new squad cars are still sitting in Springfield waiting to be equipped. Most squads still are needing emergency lights, 2-way radios, computer and other electronic equipment installed to be patrol ready for Illinois State Police. Aging squad cars are a problem for the troopers who drive them and the motorists who count on them to swiftly respond to emergencies. And older cars are a drain on the state police budget because they are less fuel-efficient and often need costly repairs.
News agencies broke the stories about the new sitting squad cars back in April 2014 as of a week ago Got Your 6 Communications obtained information that about 100-150 squad cars are still sitting waiting to be equipped with patrol ready equipment.
Chicago Tribune reports
State police have five technicians qualified to do the work of making a patrol car functional spread across 21 police districts, and they seldom have an entire day to devote to installing equipment as they struggle to keep up with repairs to radios and computers in older cars and at dispatch centers, police spokeswoman Monique Bond said.
“They can knock one (car) out in a day if they get the time to do it,” said Sgt. Ken Thomas, who oversees the patrol fleet. “But they keep getting pulled into other things.” The state’s ongoing budget problem — a $3 billion shortfall this year and billions in unpaid bills — has meant agencies won’t request funds for new staff, said Anders Lindall, spokesman for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal employees, the union that represents state police technicians. That means the state pays out more in overtime for short-staffed departments or spends more on repairing squad cars while new ones sit parked, he said.
My Stateline.com reports
New marked Illinois State Police squad cars will no longer have a light bar. Squad cars will now be fitted with interior deck dash and rear deck lights.
Illinois State Police F250 pickup trucks for Semi truck inspectors.
As LaSalle, Peru, Oglesby are faced with costly mandatory upgrades to their 911 centers the state is urging all independent centers to regionalize operations and consolidate into one building with the next generation 911 system. State of Illinois announced Friday it will fund a 1.5 million dollar investment for the new 911 center.
The $1.5 million investment, funded by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), will be used to build the Illinois Valley 911 regional dispatch center. LaSalle, Peru and Oglesby currently operate local 911 dispatch centers, which will be consolidated into a single regional public safety center. The new dispatch center, located in Oglesby, will provide dispatch services to regional police, fire and EMS agencies. The centralization is intended to improve 911-dispatch services, emergency response times, public safety and the cost-effectiveness of services.
The new 911 center would be built in Oglesby in about 18 months after consulting with a 911 consultant, officials would like to see the center built by Illinois Valley Community College (IVCC) since this location would let all three police departments quick access to the facility since it will have to serve as a jail holding facility as well. It is not expected that dispatchers would lose their jobs. Each city’s police, fire and ambulance service would continue to serve each city.
A student fatally shot one classmate and wounded four others when he opened fire in the cafeteria of his Washington state high school on Friday, following a fight with fellow students, authorities said. Jaylen Fryberg the homecoming prince wasn’t just shooting at random Frybery targeted his victims in the high school cafeteria according to family two of the wounded were his cousins. The shooter died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, The victims were all under age 18.
A Beretta .40-caliber handgun is believed to have been used in the incident and is traced to Frybery father.
CNN reports Two girls are in ICU at a hospital in Seattle while two boys are in intensive care unit at a hospital in Everett, said Erin Al-Wazan, a spokeswoman for the latter facility.Three are “very critically ill” with “very serious” injuries, she said. One is in serious condition. One of the boys, age 14, suffered a jaw injury. The other, age 15, was critically injured in the head.
Police release timeline of events in the fatal shooting incident at Marysville-Pilchuck High School
As posted on the City of Marysville WA, Website
October 24, 2014 — 5:00 p.m. UPDATE
(Marysville, WA) – Police tonight announced a timeline of the events that unfolded at Marysville-Pilchuck High School this morning:
– The original call to 911 came in at 10:39 a.m. from an anonymous cell phone
– At 10:41 a.m. the Marysville School Resource Officer arrived in the cafeteria
– At 10:43 a.m. it was confirmed that the shooter was down
– At 10:49 a.m. aid from various fire organizations began to enter the scene to provide treatment to any injured
– At 11:00 a.m. Marysville Police Department called for a full SWAT deployment
The Snohomish Multi-Agency Response Team is on scene conducting the incident investigation. The Marysville SWAT team cleared the school at 4:35 p.m., but students who witnessed the incident remained on scene to be interviewed by investigators.
Listen to the recorded Police audio as the incident unfolded