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 public 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.