Note: Rockford Police and Illinois State police, Boone/Belvidere police are all doing this campaign also. Articles posted on our website (A quick search will pull the articles up) on these departments.
Boone County Sheriff David Ernest announces the Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program Grant (STEP Grant), Thanksgiving Day Campaign, which begins on November 14th and ends on November 28th.
The Illinois Department of Transportation, Division of Traffic Safety, awarded the Boone County Sheriff’s Office funds to conduct additional specialized patrols for occupant restraint violations and DUI.
Off-duty Deputies will be hired back to conduct roving saturation patrols and will be deployed at or near high crash and high traffic locations.
Sheriff Ernest encourages motorists to “buckle up” and to designate a sober driver if you’ve been consuming alcohol. Motorists caught un-belted or under the influence will be cited or arrested.
Rockford police and Winnebago County Sheriff need to read the information below.
MANY agencies are turning OFF their encryption.
Rickie Traeger From Rockford Scanner Doing A Phone Interview With Joseph Erik Mattern with C.A.R.E. (Citizens Against Radio Encryption) on July 20th 2016
Links To The News Articles Mentioned:
Some police and fire departments are bucking a trend to conceal dispatch communications from the public, acknowledging that radio encryption has the potential to backfire and put first responders in danger.
Agencies with digital radio systems have turned off the encryption to their main dispatching channels and others have decided not to turn it on.
They say their officers and firefighters may not be heard during emergencies by responders at neighboring departments with radio systems that either don’t have access to their encrypted channels or aren’t advanced enough to have encryption capability.
Officials also say they are addressing concerns from critics who argue encryption decreases police transparency at a time when it is needed, especially in the wake of shootings of unarmed black people by police officers.
‘The overwhelming opinion of encryption is that it works great for preplanned tactical environments like SWAT teams staging a situation,’ said Eddie Reyes, deputy chief of Amtrak police and chairman of the International Association of Chiefs of Police communications and technology committee.
‘But for day-to-day operations where officers are going across borders in emergency pursuits or foot pursuits, that’s where it tends to break down,’ he said.
‘A good number of agencies are still operating on antiquated systems and would not have the ability to accept encryption.’
When Reyes was working for Arlington, Virginia, police in 2006, he said, an officer who fatally shot a teenager outside a restaurant inadvertently switched over to encryption mode on his portable radio.
There was temporary chaos on the radio when officers en route couldn’t communicate with the officer in the shooting because their radios weren’t in encryption mode, Reyes said.
A slow trend continues toward encryption, which has been around for years.
It hides communications from public airwaves by modifying voice signals with coded algorithms, preventing people from listening via radio scanners, the internet and cellphone apps.
Only people with encryption ‘keys,’ the information needed to access the encrypted channels, can listen.
Open government advocates say the practice withholds crucial information about emergency situations from the public.
Concerns also have been raised by news organizations, which say it cuts off journalists who monitor public safety broadcasts from being alerted to major events
Police officials say they’re worried about the safety of their officers, because criminals have been known to track officers’ movements by listening to police communications.
They also say they want to prevent the public broadcasting of people’s personal information, including medical histories and juveniles’ names.
They further cite violence against officers around the country over the past few months and the response to the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013, when people listening to police communications posted misleading and inaccurate information on social media.
Among police departments that have recently encrypted all communications are those in Anchorage, Alaska; Riverside, California; Manchester, New Hampshire; and Newtown, Connecticut.
‘What happened this summer really culminated in making the decision,’ Newtown Police Chief James Viadero said, referring to violence against police. ‘I had a legitimate concern for my officers.’
Other departments are taking the opposite approach.
Police in New Orleans; Spokane, Washington; and other cities have vowed not to encrypt their main dispatch channels. Others that had encrypted their communications have turned it off.
Police in Mansfield, Massachusetts, turned off their encryption more than a year ago after officers expressed concern they couldn’t talk with counterparts in some neighboring towns, Police Chief Ronald Sellon said.
Mansfield is home to the 20,000-seat Xfinity Center outdoor amphitheather, and there were worries about communications with other agencies if there was a mass casualty event at the theater.
Last year, Washington, D.C., officials switched off the encryption for fire communications.
The move came after firefighters had problems using their radios in a subway tunnel during an emergency response.
The tunnel filled with smoke because of an electrical malfunction, killing one person and sickening dozens more.
The Metro transit agency, which had a radio system in the subway that allowed below-ground communications by city firefighters, said the radio problems were the result of the fire department changing its own radio system, including adding encryption, without telling the transit agency.
City officials denied encryption caused the problems.
Police in Naugatuck, Connecticut, like many departments, are keeping their main dispatch channel open to the public while maintaining encrypted channels to use during tactical operations.
Naugatuck Police Chief Christopher Edson cited the need to be able to communicate with other emergency responders, as well as the expense of encryption, which can cost several hundred dollars per radio to implement. Another issue was not wanting to block out the public, he said.
‘We also want to be transparent,’ he said, ‘during this particular climate in the country.’
On Thursday, October 6th, 2016 at 10:29 pm, the DeKalb Police Department responded to a multi-unit apartment complex at 810 Kimberly Drive regarding a person being shot. Several 911 calls were received reporting a shooting in the parking lot of the apartment complex. DeKalb and Northern Illinois University Police responded to the scene within seconds and located a male victim in the parking lot, on the ground adjacent to a vehicle who had suffered what appeared to be one or more gunshot wounds. Police immediately began emergency first aid in an effort to save the victim’s life, DeKalb Fire/EMS responded to the scene and transported the victim to Kishwaukee Health Systems Hospital where a short time later he would succumb to his injuries. The victim has been identified as Debrece G. Shields, a 25 year old African-American male, who was associated with addresses in DeKalb and Chicago.
During the on scene investigation, witnesses provided information that described a light colored SUV that had fled the scene. Within minutes of the shooting being reported to police, a DeKalb County Sheriff’s Deputy came upon a parked vehicle with four subjects near Peace and Freed Roads in Sycamore that matched the description. As the Deputy was investigating, two of the subjects fled on foot, two were detained by police, and two handguns were recovered. DeKalb County Sheriff’s Police, Sycamore Police, Genoa Police and several other police agencies established a perimeter around the area and initiated a search for the two subjects that had fled. At present the subjects that fled on foot remain at large, these subjects are believed to be witnesses, and are persons of interest.
The DeKalb County Major Case Squad was activated to conduct the investigation. A series of investigative initiatives led to the arrest of David T. Walls, an 18 year old male, and Nico L. Griggs, a 27 year old male. This crime does not appear to be a random act and remains under investigation.
The DeKalb Police Department was assisted in this investigation by officers from the Northern Illinois University Police Department, DeKalb County Sherriff’s Office, Sycamore Police Department, Genoa Police Department, Cortland Police Department, Illinois State Police, Illinois Conservation Police, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Both suspects have been charged with First Degree Murder, and Aggravated Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, and Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Firearm.
They will be present in the DeKalb County Courthouse for a bond hearing on Sunday 10/9/16.
David T. Walls – 18 years of age, Chicago IL
Niko L. Griggs – 27 years of age, Park Forest IL
Please contact Commander Craig Woodruff with any questions or additional information regarding the crime.
On October 6th, 2016 at 10:29 pm, the DeKalb Police responded to a multi-unit apartment complex at 810 Kimberly Dr regarding a person being shot. The subsequent police response confirmed a male was shot at the scene, transported to the hospital, and succumbed to his injuries. Within a short period of time Sheriff’s Police located the vehicle the offender(s) had fled the scene in at Peace and Freed Roads near Sycamore. Two persons of interest were detained, two firearms were recovered, and two other subjects fled on foot and remain at large. At present there is no information indicating that anyone in the City of DeKalb remains at risk regarding this incident, however police are still actively searching for the subjects who fled on foot as parties associated with or witnessing this crime. The investigation remains active, the safety of our community is a priority, and additional information will be forthcoming