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Ted Wright -- last update 9/04/2003 (chamberSept04.html)
Chief of Police
Explains Good + Bad + Ugly
at Chamber of Commerce
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After status on many on-going
Chamber of Commerce activities (including Founder's
Day Sept.13th), Collinsville Chief of Police Charlie Annis was the main
speaker. The Chief gave a 3 part assessment of the Collinsville Police Department
after his 5 months on the job here. The Good: the quality and experience
of the people on the force; and a move to a permanent headquarters soon. The
Bad: too few people to cover 5 square miles (with ~4700 population); temporary
facilities and no local jail. And the Ugly: old, unreliable, high mileage
police vehicles; too few weapons and bullet proof vests; loss of records and
equipment in fire; no training resources; and the condition of the animal
Chief Annis indicated
the police force is composed 20 people. There are nine officers (6 street
officers, 2 supervisors and the Chief). Those nine have 86 combined years
of law enforcement experience. There are 3 part time officers (including Billy
Higgins with 41 years experience himself). There are 5 dispatchers and one
animal control officer.
Between January and July
of this year the police had 2451 contacts. Those contacts included 1638 warnings,
30 traffic accidents, 232 traffic arrests, 32 drunk drivers, 42 driving under
suspension, 62 drug arrests, 32 public drunks, 8 domestic arrests, 14 violations
of domestic orders, 10 assults, 38 domestic contacts and various others.
The nine full time officers
are Chief Charlie Annis, Ronnie Stevens, Daniel Boggs, Travis Linzy, Bryan
Smith, Jimmy McBee, Steve Luttrel, Chad Goodner and Ronnie Thompson.
Chief Annis indicated
than a private citizen had recently purchased two new bullet proof vests for
the department. This, following a situation where there were not enough vests
and some were being held together with duct tape. The police force is dealing
with a reduced budget like all city departments. They are exploring additional
grants and the potential for some funding from Homeland Security.
the Police Department
will likely be in their new home within 30 days. The building at 11th and Center
is one of Collinsville's former Post Office locations.
the best of a bad situation) is the mobile home currently housing the Collinsville
Police Dept. at 10th and Center.
is the result of the fire that destroyed the home of Collinsville Police from
1913 until Dec.1, 2001.
of Police, Charlie Annis, addressed the Collinsville Chamber of Commerce at