Decatur Police Department to Host Coffee with a Cop on August 8, 2018

On August 8, 2018, Officers from the Decatur Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.

All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 7:30 A.M. on August 8, 2018 at the YMCA, 220 W. McKinley Ave. The event will conclude at 8:30 A.M.

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Decatur’s neighborhoods.

The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies, or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community, and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

“We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers,” said Chief Getz. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.”

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the county, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.

The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.

Shane Brandel

Deputy Chief of Police

Decatur Police Department

707 W. South Side Drive

Decatur, Illinois 62521

217/424-2745

 

Honorary Street sign to be unveiled in honor of the late Leslie T. Allen, former City Manager and Community Volunteer

An Honorary Street sign will be unveiled on Monday, July 30 pm at 3:00 pm at the corner of Linden and W. Main for the late Leslie T. Allen.

Mr. Allen was the longest serving City Manager to the City of Decatur, serving from August 1972 until 1988. He was continually committed to the City and volunteered on various boards and organizations including: Decatur Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, Rotary Club, Boy Scouts, Grace United Methodist Church and the Golden K’s. He volunteered at Decatur Memorial Hospital for over 20 years. Mr. Allen received countless awards including: Outstanding City Manager of the Year from the International City Managers Conference, Sertoma Service to Mankind, and the Community Service award from the Golden K’s, accumulating over 10,000 hours of community service. Mr. Allen died on March 27, 2015 at the age of 87.

A committee comprised of one member from the Decatur City Council, city staff, the Decatur Police Department, the affected neighborhood organization and the community at large, unanimously recommended approval of the designation. In May of 2018, the City Council unanimously supported the designation.

For more information contact Richelle Irons, Neighborhood Services Manager, Department of Economic and Community Development @ 217-424-2864.

City Water Quality Report Now Available

The City of Decatur is pleased to report that drinking water delivered to residential, commercial and industrial customers last year either met or exceeded all state and federal drinking water requirements.

The City has issued its 2018 Annual Water Quality Report which details a continued record of compliance with United States Environmental Protection Agency and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency water quality standards. The City met all testing requirements for over 80 substances during the past year, providing high quality water while keeping rates consistent with other Central Illinois water utilities. The City has not received a drinking water violation since 2002 even though water quality requirements have become significantly more stringent since that time.

The City pumps an average of 18.3 million gallons per day from Lake Decatur, providing water to approximately 31,400 service connections and 78,000 area residents.

View the 2018 Annual Water Quality Reportopens PDF file

Copies are also available at the South Water Treatment Plant, Decatur Civic Center and the Municipal Services Center.

For further information contact Keith Alexander, Water Production Manager at 424-2863.

 

Arbor Day Ceremony Set

The City of Decatur, a 2017 Tree City USA designee for the 36th time, will host its annual Arbor Day tree planting ceremony at 9 a.m. Friday, April 27 at Oak Grove Elementary School, located at 2160 W. Center St. in Decatur.

City Forester Randy Callison will oversee the ceremony.

First observed in 1872, Arbor Day is observed on the last Friday in April in the United States to celebrate the role of trees in our lives and to promote tree planting. According to the Arbor Day Foundation which oversees the Tree City USA program, the designation is given in honor of a community’s commitment to urban forestry management as evidenced through the meeting of four core standards of sound urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day.

At 36 years, Decatur ranks fifth highest of all Illinois communities for the number of years to have received the award. Visit arborday.org/TreeCityUSA for more information on the program.

 

Coffee With A Cop Set for April 18th at Blue Brew Coffee

On April 18, 2018, Officers from the Decatur Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee.
All community members are invited to attend. The event begins at 7:30 A.M. on April 18, 2018 at Blue Brew Coffee, 225 N. Water St., located inside the Hickory Point Bank Building. The event will conclude at approximately 8:30 A.M.

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Decatur’s neighborhoods.

The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community. In addition, some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed, one-on-one interaction.

“We hope that community members will feel comfortable to ask questions, bring concerns, or simply get to know our officers,” said Chief James Getz. “These interactions are the foundation of community partnerships.”

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the country, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve.
The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.

Fire Hydrants To Be Flushed In Decatur

Decatur Fire Department crews, in cooperation with the Decatur Water Department, will be flushing and flow testing 1275 fire hydrants during the month of April.

Crews will be doing fire hydrant work from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday thru Friday.   This flushing and flow testing program is necessary to keep the City’s nearly 4500 fire hydrants ready for service.  Crews will be checking for any deficiencies and recording flows to obtain tactical information for fire suppression.

In the areas where hydrants are being flowed, some temporary discoloration of water may occur.  There are no safety or health concerns for residents if the water is discolored from this process.  Residents will want to be sure the water is clear when doing laundry, as clothing could be stained from discoloration in the water.  If laundry would become stained do not bleach or dry the clothing as this will set the stain.  Rewash the wet clothing with a rust removing compound to remove staining.

The areas being tested and the schedule for doing so can be located on the City’s website (www.decaturil.gov) by clicking the “Maps” link at the top of the page and on the Fire Department’s Facebook page which can be found by searching for “Decatur Fire Department.”

Call 217-424-2811 for more information. The Decatur Fire and Water Departments appreciate your cooperation during this process.

2017 Year In Review

For the 2nd year in a row the City has compiled a list of some of the municipality’s accomplishments and of some of the notable achievements by both community partners and private developers. Work included planning for the future growth of our community, to considerable infrastructure work to millions of dollars in both public and private development to operational improvements that will save taxpayer dollars and make our community safer. You can download the document by clicking HERE.opens PDF file

DECATUR POLICE ADD 10 NEW OFFICERS

Ten new officers were sworn into the Decatur Police Department today at 10am, (Thursday, January 4), during a ceremony in the City Council Chamber at the Decatur Civic Center.

Seven of the ten new officers will attend the new Macon County Law Enforcement Training Center for fourteen weeks. The other three will go right into the department’s field training program because of previous experience.

The new officers are:

Name: Kirstin J. Davis, Age: 26

Hometown: Athens, IL

  • Graduated from University of Illinois at Springfield with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice
  • Completed an internship with the Menard County Sheriff’s Department

Name: Nicholas C. Errett, Age: 22

Hometown: Springfield, IL

  • Graduated from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice
  • Graduated from Lincoln Land Community College with an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice
  • Worked as a Community Service Officer for the Carbondale Police Department
  • Completed an internship with the Springfield Police Department

Name: Philip J. Ganley, Age: 22

Hometown: Decatur, IL

  • Graduated from Millikin University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and a minor in Criminal Justice from Millikin University
  • Completed an internship with the Decatur Police Department

Name: Andrew T. Medina, Age: 26

Hometown: Bartonville, IL

  • Graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Sciences
  • Completed an internship with the East Peoria Police Department

Name: Clay R. Pollmann, Age: 22

Hometown: Bartelso, IL

  • Graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Sciences
  • Graduated from Kaskaskia College with an Associate in Arts degree
  • Completed an internship with the Decatur Police Department
  • Worked as a Correctional Officer with the Illinois Department of Corrections
  • Worked as a Park Ranger with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Name: Samuel R. Robeson, Age: 28

Hometown: Beardstown, IL

  • Worked as a Police Patrol Officer for the Beardstown Police Department
  • Worked as a Correctional Officer for the Illinois Department of Corrections

Name: Jacob P. Stewart, Age: 23

Hometown: Mt. Zion, IL

  • Graduated from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Studies
  • Completed an internship with the Swansea Police Department

Name: Xxaviar D. Warren, Age: 22

Hometown: Mt. Zion, IL

  • Studied Law Enforcement and Justice Administration at Western Illinois University

Name: Judson L. Wienke, Age: 25

Hometown: Tuscola, IL

  • Worked as a Police Patrol Officer for the Sullivan, Arthur and Villa Grove Police Departments
  • Serves in the United States Army Reserves

Name: Jeremy F. Williams, Age: 27

Hometown: Caruthersville, MO

  • Graduated from Bethel University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and a minor in Health
  • Worked as a Police Patrol Officer for the Blytheville, Arkansas Police Department
  • Worked as a Recreation Officer for the Missouri Southeast Correctional Center
  • Served in the United States Marine Corps