The Madison County Sheriff’s Office has released its annual report covering the dates of Jan. 1 until Dec. 31, 2015, highlighting an emphasis on prescription drug elimination and a continued drop in service calls.
Since the last inspection of the Madison County Jail, four new surveillance cameras have been installed and food items have been added to the detainee commissary, allowing detainees to spend more funds on available items. There were no violations with the Illinois County Jail Standards system in 2015.
In April 2015, with the assistance of Madison County Planning and Development, the Sheriff’s Office obtained certification and approval for grant funding allowing for the transport and disposal of medications.
Sheriff John Lakin organized an effort with Madison County police chiefs that collected more than 2,500 pounds of prescription medications to be destroyed. Secure 24-hour, 7-day-per-week drop-off points are available in Alton, Granite City, East Alton, Roxana, Wood River and other municipalities.
Telecommunications Officer Terrence Charleston received the annual Telecommunications Award, and Deputy Sheriff Timothy Lawrence received the Life Saving Award for his efforts to save a victim trapped in a burning vehicle March 7, 2015.
The highest award given by the association, the Medal of Valor Award, was given to Lt. David Vucich and Sgt. Brian Koberna for their efforts during the apprehension involved in a child pornography case.
The Sheriff’s Office also logged 8,480 training hours including policy review, ethics, officer safety and communications.
By the numbers
The county saw 26,973 calls for service in 2015, a 6.35 percent drop from 2014’s total. Under crimes against persons, 2015 saw 23 incidents of criminal sexual assault, 11 robbery incidents, 97 involving aggravated battery and assault, and no murders. While robbery numbers more than doubled from 2014’s total of 5, assault incidents decreased slightly from the previous year.
Burglary from vehicle incidents jumped in 2015 to 247, up from 153 in 2014. Other burglary, theft and arson numbers stayed fairly consistent from 2014’s numbers. 1,514 traffic citations were issued in 2015, as well as 39 incidents of DUI (down from 76 in 2014). Drug offense numbers dropped slightly to 258 compared to 286 in 2014.
The jail division reported the number of prisoners booked (in average daily population) totaling 5,849, down from 6,116 in 2014. Admission numbers broke down to felony (3,586), misdemeanor (1,497), traffic (587), civil (107), and other crimes totaling 72.
“The 2015 annual report provides a small glimpse into the activities of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office,” Lakin said. “None of the success of the past year could have been possible if it were not for the dedication and service of the men and women of the Sheriff’s Office.
“Additionally, I would like to thank the various civic groups throughout the county that work with us daily. Through community support, the Sheriff’s Office continues to evolve into an agency that will be a model for all law enforcement.”
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