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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Carrier Mills Police Department settling into new home

  • In the first week of September of 2012 the Carrier Mills Police Department officially opened in its new location at 316 W.Washington St.
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  • In the first week of September of 2012 the Carrier Mills Police Department officially opened in its new location at 316 W.Washington St.
    The Carrier Mills Police Department had worked with Saline County Housing Authority in the past on a variety of security and police related problems, so when Police Chief Chuck Rubright suggested the idea of locating in a Housing apartment the plan was smoothly implemented.
    "The Housing Authority has been great, very helpful," Public Information Officer Billy Duncan said.
    Local businesses were willing and generous with discounts on supplies for the minimal changes needed to furbish the apartment as a police headquarters, Duncan said. SCAN or Southern Counties Amateur Network, an amateur radio club completed the entire process of setting up the radio system free of charge, saving the city some $900 in costs.
    Carrier Mills Street and Alley, Water and Sewer and Fire Departments all contributed manpower for the move. All but one of the computers for the station were donated by the offices of State Senator Gary Forby and State Representative Brandon Phelps.
    "We had a budget of $4,000 for the move and came in well under that," Duncan said.
    This new location provided a number of advantages for the village and police department. The village government was able to expand its use of the space in the city offices and the police were able to occupy an area which afforded greater flexibility of use for their needs. The city signed a three-year renewable contract with SCHA for the apartment when the police moved into their new location. Officer Duncan cited a mutual need between SCHA and the Carrier Mills Police as the main reason for the choice of location.
    "We were going to the problem," Duncan said, stating that the Housing Authority had security issues in the apartment complex and the police needed a larger station.
    Duncan said that foot traffic had doubled in the station since the move and it provided greater anonymity for citizens wishing to provide confidential information to the police.
    "The public are encouraged to come in to the station for any reason," Duncan said, "for information or assistance or even just to chat".
    The new police station occupies a three bedroom apartment, with the living room serving as the chief's office, two bedrooms serving as offices for Officers Duncan and Mike Stover and the third bedroom is used as a filing room for police records.
    "No evidence, money or weapons are stored here at any time," Duncan said.
    The radio system is an independent system though it is linked to the Saline County Sheriff's Office Central Dispatch, also using the sheriff's repeater for longer range radio communications.
    The city police cruisers are equipped with computers which allow access to Illinois state and national criminal information databases. Arrests are processed at the Saline County Detention Center in Harrisburg while ordinance violations are issued at the local police station.
    Page 2 of 2 - When not on patrol, an officer is available at the new station during the day and the public is encouraged to call either 911 or 618-252-8661 for emergencies when the police are not at the station. The Police Station business number is 618-994-4411.
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