Robinson Police Department

  • Agency: Robinson Police Department
  • Address: 300 S Lincoln St, Robinson, 62454 IL
  • Chief:
Phone: 618-544-2217
Fax: 618-544-7899

Robinson Police Department is located at 300 S Lincoln St, Robinson, 62454 IL. The Robinson Police Department phone number is 618-544-2217.

Robinson Police Department News

We want to see a safe start to summer. Wear your seat belt, don't speed, drive sober, and stay off your phone. It's a simple formula. Live to eat those burgers and dogs! Memorial Day is the start of travel season. Make everyone in the car #BuckleUp. It’s your best defense in the event of a crash.

I usually only post about things particular to our department. However, I would like to use the happenings at a different department recently to better explain the actions of our City and our department. On Wednesday May 16, 2018, a former student came into the auditorium at Dixon HS in Dixon, IL, armed with a 9mm rifle. Students were gathered there for graduation practice. Also present at the school was Dixon PD Officer Mark Dallas, who is assigned as the School Resource Officer there. The shooter fired shots near the auditorium. Officer Dallas rushed toward the shooter who fled. Officer Dallas gave chase. The shooter turned and fired at Officer Dallas, who returned fire, striking the shooter and ending the threat. No students were injured. On Sunday, May 20, 2018, Officer Dallas led the graduates into the auditorium at Dixon HS. Dixon is a small town (15,000 people) in Lee County. Dixon HS has under 800 students. Fairly comparable in size to Robinson and Robinson HS. THIS is why the City of Robinson, the Robinson PD, and the Community Unit School District #2 support the School Resource Officer position so wholeheartedly.

On May 18, 2018, the Robinson Police Department underwent a couple of personnel re-classifications. Mayor Roger Pethtel administered the oath of office to Officer Dan Strauch, who was promoted to Sergeant, and to part-time Officer Jacob Leek, who was moved to full-time. Officer Leek's wife, Breanna, who is the Administrative Assistant at the RPD, pinned on Jacob's badge.

Today is National Peace Officers Memorial Day. In 1962, President Kennedy, set aside this date each year as such. Please lower your flag, as prescribed in the proclamation, to half-staff today, and remember that there are men and women working for you who will not hesitate to step between you and harm. They are willing to sacrifice their lives for you, and every 61 does. There are over 21,000 names engraved on the Police Officer Memorial in Washington D.C. 130 of those were added this year reflecting those killed in 2017. 53 have paid the ultimate price so far in 2018. Today I thank them and their families. I will pray that God will be with those families, and also with myself and fellow officers nationwide who continue to close ranks along a thin blue line. The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion - Proverbs 28:1

Holy cow.......we blinked and now it's tall grass season again. Trust me when I say that we would rather direct traffic in a thunderstorm, or even suffer through Casey's doughnut fryers going down, than to write tall grass citations. Unfortunately, that is a part of our job, and the citizens deserve a clean, orderly city. With that in mind, please keep your grass mowed. You can take the late fall and all winter off from mowing, but for the next 5 months, please keep it cut. Embrace it, as mowing can be very therapeutic, and the smell of fresh-cut grass is intoxicating. That is all.

On May 9th, officers from our county attended the funeral service for Terre Haute PD Officer Rob Pitts. Officer Pitts was murdered in the line of duty on May 4th, 2018, while confronting a homicide suspect in Terre Haute. The officers were honored to represent their respective departments in paying respect to a true hero. Godspeed Officer Pitts, rest easy sir. From left are Officer Jacob Leek (Robinson PD), Officer Floyd Brinkman (Robinson PD), Officer Brandon Carpenter (Palestine PD), Chief Jeff Besing (Palestine PD), Chief Chad Pusey (Oblong PD), and Chief Paul Maxwell (Hutsonville PD).

Less than a week left to apply for patrol officer at RPD. Click the link for more details and to apply.

On 04/02/18 at approximately 2:45pm, Robinson police arrested Jesse J. Anians, 25, of Marshall, IL, in the 800 block of N. Madison. Anians was charged with Possession of Methamphetamine. Anians was sentenced to 3 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections in June of 2016 on a conviction in Crawford County for Possession of a Stolen Firearm. He is currently on parole from IDOC. Robinson police also seized $669 in cash that was on Anian's person when he was arrested. He is currently being held at the Crawford County Jail awaiting bond to be set.

RPD Activity totals for March 2018: Calls for service: 460 Traffic stops: 184 Accidents: 23 Criminal Arrests: 55 Local Ordinance citations: 51 Traffic citations: 65

On March 4th, 2018, Robinson Police made a significant drug arrest at the Baymont Inn Hotel. Arrested were: Anastasia M. Kamplain, 24, Flat Rock Jimmie J. Kamplain, 36, Flat Rock Travis R. Ratliff, 33, Hutsonville Matthew W. Shipman, 51, Robinson All four were charged with Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine With Intent to Deliver, and Unlawful Possession of Cannabis With Intent to Deliver. Anastasia Kamplain and Matthew Shipman were both issued local ordinance citations for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Jimmie Kamplain was cited for Unlawful Transportation of Alcohol. Travis Ratliff was also arrested on a Crawford County warrant charging Failure to Appear or Pay on charges of Driving While DL Suspended and Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine. Police seized approximately 16 grams of suspected methamphetamine, and approximately 91 grams of cannabis at the scene. Also seized pending forfeiture was a 2000 Buick, belonging to Jimmie Kamplain, and $720 cash taken from Ratliff.

The following information is being posted at the request of the Palestine Police Department. We encourage your support and/or participation at this event. The Palestine Police Department will be hosting their 3rd annual "Guns & Hoses Basketball" fundraiser on Saturday, April 28th, 2018 at the Palestine Grade School gymnasium. The doors will open to the public at 12:30pm with the first game beginning at 1:00pm and going until 4:00pm depending on number of teams signed up. Concessions and door prizes provided by the Palestine High School Drama Club to help with their projects. The monies raised from this event will go towards purchasing LED Christmas displays for Leaverton Park Christmas Lighting. Cost will be $5.00 for each team participant and for spectators at the door. Interested teams should contact Chief Jeff Besing at 586-2464 or 586-2777 or respond on this page so an entry form can be provided.

Within the last week our department has taken two stolen vehicle reports. We are happy to say that both vehicles have been located in Vermillion Co. Illinois. Justin B. Chaput, 42, most recently of Robinson, and currently on parole from the Illinois Department of Corrections, is in custody in Danville, at the Vermillion County Jail. Chaput was arrested in Ridge Farm, IL on 03-27-18, driving a 2017 Jeep belonging to Kristy Malone of Robinson. A Jeep Cherokee stolen from Jesse McKinney from Robinson on 3-22-18 was also recovered in Danville on 3-27-18. Chaput is being held in Vermillion County on a charge of Possession of a Stolen Vehicle. The State's Attorney here is reviewing the case to see if Chaput will be charged here as well.

RPD is still accepting applications for patrol officer. If you're interested in working a challenging, yet rewarding job, click the link for more details.

We have taken two stolen vehicle reports in the last three days. Also, Clark County had a black BMW stolen yesterday afternoon. If you see any of these vehicles, please contact us at 618-546-1111, or 911 if the vehicle is moving or occupied. Black 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee - IL plate AA43712 Blue 2017 Jeep Patriot - IL plate AA43715 Black 2008 BMW 750 W/ black wheels- IN plate 871TCA

Don't become a statistic this St. Patrick's Day. Drunk driving has killed more than 300 people during each of the last four years in Illinois. Stop the deadly cycle. #StPatricksDay #DriveSoberIllinois

A national walkout was organized by Women’s March Youth Empower protesting gun violence. Those wishing to participate in the walkout were encouraged to wear orange and walk out of class for 17 minutes, one minute for each of the victims of the recent Parkland school shooting. The walkout occurred nationwide at 10:00 A.M. in the respective time zones. While the Robinson Schools did not have any students participate, the Robinson Police Department was ready. In preparation for the walkout the Robinson Police teamed up with the following local emergency services: Robinson Fire Department, United Life Care Ambulance, Crawford County Emergency Management Agency, Crawford County 911, and Crawford County Rescue. Robinson Unit #2 schools were also involved, including representatives of their school board’s safety and security committee. All participating agencies assigned extra personnel to cover the event well before school started for the day. In addition to the regular school patrols provided by Robinson Police, we had plain clothes police officers in the area of all schools monitoring for anything or anyone unusual. The other emergency services personnel were standing by in strategic locations to greatly reduce the response time to any emergency at any of our schools. A command center was manned with leaders from those emergency services monitoring any potential issues in Robinson, and the walkouts happening across the country. Most of the daily efforts to protect our community and especially our students go largely unnoticed by the public. This is not happenstance, much of our security work is effective because it is not broadcast so potential “bad guys” are not privy to our tactical operations. Our shared preparation and response to the walkout on March 14th is worth mentioning, in broad terms, to help shed some light on the lengths the entire emergency response community is willing to go to avert and mitigate disasters.

We at the RPD are using technology to better serve the citizenry.

Spring is in sight! Really it is, regardless of the snow on the ground and the cold temperatures. With that being said...... We will soon be ramping up our efforts to keep our City clean. Officers will be assigned areas of the City to enforce ordinances pertaining to trash, junk, grass, and inoperable vehicles. If you are in violation of any of these types of ordinances, please remedy them before an officer contacts you. Our goal is not to write tickets, it is to keep our city as clean and orderly as possible.

This is an attempt to assist the Olney PD with identifying individuals involved in a retail theft at their Wal-Mart recently. If you know these subjects please call Sgt. Brian Nuttall of the Olney PD at 618-395-8481 ext. 5 The second subject is shown in the comments.

Over the past several months the Robinson Police Department added not one, but two new drones to their equipment list. Drones are a relatively new tool to the Law Enforcement world. Drones can be used for various reasons such as taking aerial photos/video to aid in the investigation of accident scenes and crime scenes. In some cases drones, instead of police officers, can be sent into buildings to look for dangerous criminals. This would reduce the risk of injury, or death, to a police officer. A very generous donation recently allowed the department to purchase a state of the art drone equipped with two cameras. One camera for high quality pictures and video, the other camera is equipped with flir. A flir camera captures heat sources and can be utilized when looking for a missing person or even someone trying to evade the police. So far the department utilized the drones to investigate two fatal accidents, a semi rollover in Jasper County, and help locate a missing person in Jasper County. In Jasper County our drone was flown over a hazard material accident so emergency personal could devise a plan to mitigate the leak and contain the hazardous materials. We also added a set of virtual reality goggles to the use with the drones. Operating a drone mission involves more than one person for safety reasons. Goggles allow one person to have control of the camera. Where the individual looks the camera will look. Since the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulates drones in various circumstances, we currently have four certified officers to operate the drones All four officers took a glimpse into the aviation world while studying for the FAA test. Once they felt they were prepared all four took, and passed, the FAA Small unmanned aircraft systems test. Those officers are Chief Chad Weaver, Sgt. David Marqua, Officer Eric Schmidt, and Officer Isiah Osborne. We are very excited to have these tools . If any groups are interested in seeing the drones, and having a demo, would love to show them off! If so please contact 618-544-2217 and ask for Sgt. David Marqua.

The Robinson Police Department will be conducting a Citizen Academy in April. The first session will be on April 12th, 2018 from 6-9pm, and will continue each Thursday for 6 weeks total. Topics will include criminal law, K-9, school safety, Taser, use of force, DUI detection, investigations, crash reconstruction, and facility tours. If you are interested, please fill out and submit the application linked below. I will select approximately 12 participants. This is always a good time, that is very informative for our citizens.

Robinson PD is taking applications for police officer starting 2/23/18. Refer to the link below for more information.

The Robinson Police Department would like to express our sincere condolences to Oficer Floyd Brinkman and his family. Officer Brinkman's father, Floyd Brinkman Sr., passed away this week. Today Floyd Brinkman Sr. will be laid to rest so our hearts and prayers are with his family.

The Robinson Police Department is investigating a hit and run accident that occurred in the 500 block of E.Main on 01/10/18 around 0630hrs. The vehicle pictured was involved in the accident and drove away, failing to provide any assistance, or information. If you know who owns, or drives, this vehicle please contact Sgt. David Marqua at 544-2217. *Update* The suspect has been arrested on charges that stem from this hit & run incident, which include Driving While License Suspended, Leaving the Scene of a Vehicle Damage Accident, and cited for Failure to Report Accident to Police Authority. Robinson Police Dept. would like to thank the community for assisting in locating and apprehending the offender.