Shelbyville Daily Union


October 29, 2013

Koonce, Miller vie for sheriff position


Schedule monthly joint meeting at different locations throughout the county for Police, Fire and EMS departments which include the cities and villages that make up the twenty-one townships of Shelby County.

I would start a Citizen’s Police Academy for training not only for law enforcement officers but also county citizens so they can better recognize possible crimes in progress and to familiarize themselves with processing of crime scenes.

Work diligently for protection of our senior citizens from acts of violence, neglect and fraud.

Work for improved and better relations with the County Board in regard to the Sheriff’s Office Budget.

Implement within the Sheriff’s Office an open-door policy that will give all citizens access to the office.

Improve an active Reservist/Auxiliary Deputy program.

When elected, I will ensure that the Sheriff’s Office will work extremely hard to make improvements for the people of the County to get their input on what improvements they would like to see in the Sheriff’s Department

Miller: The most needed improvement in the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is the need for Enhanced 911. Shelby County is one of the last counties in the State of Illinois that does not have this essential service. Enhanced 911 will allow for improved response times for all emergency services. The Sheriff’s Office provides emergency dispatching and call taking services for all law enforcement, rescue squad, dive team, first responders and many of the fire departments in Shelby County. As sheriff I have already assisted other emergency service leaders in the effort to provide emergency addressing which is the first step in the process to providing enhanced 911. The new addresses for county residents will help first responders save valuable time locating residences in the event of an emergency. The next step is to implement and maintain an enhanced 911 phone system and enhanced call taking software which will help locate and identify callers even if they are unable to speak.

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