POLICE PROTECTION TAX REFERENDUM Hope to see you at the Community Forum tonight, 6:30 pm, Community Room, Odell Public Library!
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Morrison Police Department is located at 200 West Main Street, Morrison, 61270 IL. The Morrison Police Department phone number is (815) 772-7650.
POLICE PROTECTION TAX REFERENDUM Hope to see you at the Community Forum tonight, 6:30 pm, Community Room, Odell Public Library!
POLICE PROTECTION TAX REFERENDUM STATISTICS - INCIDENT REPORTS Information has been shared on the statistics involving, the Officer-Population Ratio, Calls for Service and Crime Rate. One more important statistic to share is about Incident Reports. Incident Reports are included within the overall Calls for Service and the Crime Rate. Incident Reports are those calls that generate a case report and further investigation. Incident Reports are in most cases, reported crimes. Sometimes, these reports result in arrests and other times, the incidents conclude with no crime committed. These calls consume the officer's time because of required report writing and the time spent investigating the complaint. This becomes a challenge for the officer. MPD does not have any assigned Investigators or Detectives. In some cases, the Chief or Sergeant will conduct further investigations, especially on the more serious cases. If the patrol officer conducts the investigation, the officer must do this when not otherwise busy responding to other calls. Many times, an officer's investigation is not completed in a timely manner due to this challenge. To further complicate this challenge, Incident Reports have increased 117% since 2014. Here is a breakdown of this statistic: 2014: 282 Incident Reports 2015: 347 Incident Reports +23% 2016: 467 Incident Reports +35% 2017: 668 Incident Reports +43% For 2018 through September, Incident Reports are at 459, with a year ending projection of 600. This is a decrease from 2017, but still part of the 117% increase since 2014. This is the most concerning and important statistic driving the request for additional staffing for MPD through the Police Protection Tax Referendum.
POLICE PROTECTION TAX REFERENDUM CALLS FOR SERVICE (CFS) The statistic "Calls for Service" is the overall general number that law enforcement agencies utilize to measure the community's "demand" or "need" for their services. This statistic includes every call, regardless of its nature, that occupies an officer and prevents the officer from patrol. These calls are prioritized in order of importance: Emergency (911) calls Crimes against persons Crimes against property Service oriented calls Community Policing Programs Each year, MPD experiences an increase in CFS: 2015: +3% 2016: +7% 2017: +15%
POLICE PROTECTION TAX REFERENDUM CRIME RATE Pursuant to the Illinois Compiled Statutes, each local law enforcement agency is required to report certain crimes and other information to the Illinois State Police – Uniform Crime Reporting Program Unit. The crimes reported make up the Crime Index and are identified in eight crime categories that indicate the extent of serious crime that occurs within our community. These crime categories are made up of four violent crimes against person including murder, criminal sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault/battery. The remaining four categories are crimes against properties including burglary, theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson. The Illinois Crime Index translates into the FBI National Program’s Crime Index Offenses. The Crime Rate is a number derived by a formula that indicates the prevalence of crime occurring across a given population. The crime rate in Morrison, historically, has been relatively low and because of this, can dramatically fluctuate from year to year. 2017 was a challenging year and the crime rate increased 162%. As of September of this year, the crime rate is expected to decrease from 2017 but is still showing an increase over previous years. The attached chart shows our crime rate since 2014.
POLICE PROTECTION TAX REFERENDUM On the Nov. 6 Ballot! Until Nov. 6, MPD will be providing information regarding this referendum on this Facebook page. Additionally, there are two community forums coming up on Oct. 17 & 23, both 6:30pm at the Community Room (Odell Library). Also look for the story in next week's Whiteside News Sentinel! STATISTICS & COMPARISONS Officer to Population Ratio - For communities with a population between 2,500 and 9,999, the national average is one officer for every 461 citizens. The average of our local area and similar size communities is one officer for every 493 citizens. Morrison has one officer for every 690 citizens. The attached chart shows these comparisons along with the crime rate for 2016.
This morning, MPD and Chief Brian Melton had some special little visitors from Mrs. Temple's class, Northside Elementary School! Thank you for the card and cookie!
POLICE PROTECTION TAX REFERENDUM On the Nov. 6 Ballot! Until Nov. 6, MPD will be providing information regarding this referendum on this Facebook page. Additionally, there are two community forums coming up on Oct. 17 & 23, both 6:30pm at the Community Room (Odell Library). Also look for the story in next week's Whiteside News Sentinel! SOME HISTORY ... WHY A TAX REFERENDUM? MPD has six (6) full-time officers. This includes the Chief of Police with no support staff. City Hall staff assists MPD on a limited basis and the Whiteside County Sheriff's Office provides communication services (911, dispatching, phones and radios) to MPD. MPD provides public safety services to include patrol and investigations 24 hours per day. Local agencies assist each other. The Illinois State Police does not have 24 hour patrol coverage in Whiteside County. MPD serves its community of approximately 4,200 residents and those who visit and travel through our community. 2007 - A comprehensive review was conducted of MPD and its staffing levels. The review concluded that at least ten (10) officers are needed for MPD. 2008 - City approved an additional officer ... the seventh (7th) officer for MPD. 2010 - A police officer retired. The City did not allow MPD to replace the officer. MPD back to six (6) officers. 2017 - MPD requested an additional officer during the budgeting process in early '17. City did not approve funding for additional officer. In 2017, MPD experienced record high statistics in Crime Rate and Calls for Service. (More on this later) 2018 - In May, Morrison Community Unit School District requested a School Resource Officer Program. MCUSD offered to pay for a portion of the officer. The process for this request is currently being worked out but is a separate funding issue than the Tax Referendum. Look for more information in the very near future! Up next ... statistics and comparisons!
Bailey, a small black schnauzer, is missing from the Scenic Street area.
POLICE PROTECTION TAX REFERENDUM Learn more before you vote on November 6! Chief of Police Brian Melton will be presenting information to the public regarding the Police Protection Tax Referendum that is on the Nov. 6 ballot for voters within the City of Morrison. There will be two community forums offering information on this referendum. Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 6:30 pm Community Room (Odell Library) Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 6:30 pm Community Room (Odell Library) Depending on questions and discussion, these forums will last less than one hour. Hope to see you there!
For Jeg ...
On Monday, October 1, the Morrison Police Department and several other local law enforcement agencies received a microchip pet scanner through a program called CHIPS - Cops Helping ID Pets in the Sauk Valley. These devices will help us identify pet owners quickly and when necessary. The CHIPS program is supported by Granny Rose Animal Shelter, Illinois Twilight Bark and Lost Dogs Illinois. Thank you!
Today is "Coffee with a Cop" Day. Thank you Andrea and kids for stopping in with coffee!
We hope to see everyone at the Homecoming Parade today as our Honorary Officer Jeg Weets helps us lead the parade in our new squad! Parades starts at 3 pm! We will be starting on Main Street, traveling down Genesee Street to the High School.
Honorary Police Officer JEG WEETS ... Good luck today and we hope all goes well! See you Friday for the Homecoming Parade!
Morrison Police Investigating Suspicious Activity – Follow Up Earlier today, Morrison Police released information regarding an incident of suspicious activity that occurred this morning, September 18, 2018. The incident involved a ten-year-old child walking to school when an unidentified male may have attempted to contact the child. The male and vehicle have been located and identified. The incident was a misunderstanding and no crime occurred. The Morrison Police Department greatly appreciates the response by our community in the investigation of this incident!
Morrison Police Investigating Suspicious Activity Morrison Police are investigating an incident of suspicious activity that occurred this morning, September 18, 2018, at approximately 7:45 am to 8:00 am, in the area of Portland Avenue (IL RT 78) and Markland Drive. The incident involved a ten-year-old child walking to school when an unidentified male may have attempted to contact the child. The unidentified male is described as: White male, middle-aged, dark hair, beard and wearing a brown baseball hat. The unidentified male was driving the following described vehicle: White 4-door beat up car, dark windows, damage around rear bumper with unknown registration. The vehicle was last seen traveling eastbound on Academic Drive during the time of the incident. There may have been more than one person in the vehicle. Morrison Police are asking for the public’s help in attempting to locate the unidentified male and vehicle. Morrison Police are also urging the public to remain vigilant and aware of your surroundings, reporting any suspicious activity to the Morrison Police Department at 815-772-7659.
Garden Plain Road is open at the railroad tracks.
NO OVERNIGHT PARKING DOWNTOWN - Sept. 13-16, 2018 In preparation for and during Paint-the-Town this weekend, overnight parking is prohibited in the downtown area starting tonight (Thursday, Sept. 13) until Sunday evening (Sunday, Sept. 16). The downtown area includes Main & Market Streets from Orange to Clinton and N. Base, N. Genesee, N. Cherry and N. Madison Streets from Lincolnway to Market. Public Works will be temporarily posting the downtown area later today. Thank you for your cooperation!
9 / 11 ... Lest we forget.
Union Pacific Railway just advised us that the Heaton Street Railroad crossing is closed until Friday for "maintenance." Cherry Street, Orange Street and Jackson Street remain open.
The City of Morrison now offers eBilling! Residents may now receive their monthly utility billing electronically instead of receiving the white postcard-size bill in the mail. Registering for eBilling is easy! To register, residents can stop in at City Hall, call City Hall at 815-772-7657 or email Shelli Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for considering this service!
From IDOT ... IL 78 (Cherry Street) Road Closure in Morrison The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that IL 78 (Cherry Street) in Morrison, will be closed to all through traffic from Monday, September 17 through Friday, September 28, 2018. The closure will allow the Union Pacific Railroad (UP) to remove and replace the south crossing (Main 2) and perform other needed maintenance to their at-grade crossing located between Wall Street and Market Street. To allow continued traffic movement, a detour will be marked on IL 78, Wall Street, Genesee Street, and US 30 for northbound traffic and US 30, Orange Street, Wall Street, and IL 78 for southbound traffic. Drivers are asked to be alert for the road closure and use alternate roadways when traveling in this area.
COMMUNITY RECYCLING DAY This Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 9am to 1pm, is Morrison's Community Recycling Day. The location has been changed to the Whiteside County Fairgrounds at 201 W. Winfield St., Morrison. MPD will be collecting medications that are old, expired, unused, etc. MPD will not accept any syringes, needles or liquids. Pills and capsules only and preferred in a clear plastic bag. MPD will also collect old and unused ammunition. There will be a one-way route through the event. Please comply with the volunteers and signs. Thank you and hope to see you there with your recycables!
Garden Plain Road Closure West of Morrison The Illinois Department of Transportation announces that Garden Plain Road, approximately one-half mile west of Morrison, will be closed to all through traffic from Monday, September 10 through Friday, September 14, 2018. The closure will allow the Union Pacific Railroad to make needed repairs to their at-grade crossing located in this area. Drivers are asked to be alert for the road closure and use alternate roadways when traveling in this area.