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TC Citizen
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               03/11/11 at 9pm. My friend and I were driving down highway 37 and near ATTC I found I was behind a vehicle driving 40mph.  I did not think much of this until at Ponderosa Steak House this vehicle was driving 30mph and weaving half way in the turn lane and out.  At that point, my friend called the Tell City Police Department to report this possible drunk driver.  Dispatch answered and took our location and the caller’s name, residence etc.  In the left hand turn lane by the new Chuckles at a green traffic light, I sat behind this inebriated driver- who in the left hand turn lane waited a full minute prior to driving straight.  Now still on the phone with dispatch this also was reported and the location of the vehicle.  Curious of where they went next we waited and watched. The original call to TCPD was at 9:13pm. This car sat at the gas station a crossed from the liquor store parked at an angle in between the gas pumps and the parking place. (Yes we reported this to the dispatcher as well with a second call-location especially.) Proceeded to watch the vehicle leave the gas station and go to the liquor store- still parking a good car length away from the parking spot-crooked and a female stumble into T&R Liquor and a few minutes later-stumble out, to pull out into traffic and continue on to 12th street.  This vehicle drove 25 mph all the way through town weaving in and out of the lanes and driving straight in turn lanes.  We followed this Silver Volvo with Kentucky Plates until it proceeded straight in the right hand turn lane near McDonalds forcing another vehicle to swerve out of its way when the driver decided to drive straight. Still wondering why we had not merely even passed a police officer or spotted one since entering Tell City. Turning into our destination of McDonalds to our amazement we find three police vehicles parked facing Old National Bank!  Time on clock- 9:31pm. 

                I noticed there were multiple officers sitting in the back of McDonalds!  While waiting on our food a reserve officer walks in to place his order and join the bunch in the back with a lady at his side.

                I am disgusted at this.  While a drunk driver- who has made it all the way down Hwy 37- stopped at the gas station for directions and the liquor store for more to drink, drunkenly drove through our little town of Tell City to Kentucky, swerving in and out of traffic while our Tell City Police Department was at McDonalds- or no where to be found.  I understand there is probably a fair share of "false reports". I understand lunch brakes, but all together?  Where are our police on a Friday night?  Where is our police period?  We followed that drunk driver for a good while- and nothing- they drove right past the police.  I only recognized two of the officers, as I was already sitting down eating my food and they were walking out.   I was too disgusted to even look at the rest of them for identification. 

                What can be done to better out police force?  How are calls scanned- by the dispatch?  Is it dispatch’s call what they report to the officers?  Is it the officers call what they check into?  This is not this first time I have witnessed an unanswered event.  Maybe someone can explain this process to me? 

                Why are there numerous reports are not taken seriously?  If more reports were investigated and acted on, perhaps little children would not be getting beat up in troy with baseball bats?  Drunk drivers would be in jail instead of murdering our friends and family on the highway.  This could all be prevented I believe.  I’m sure the position of a Tell City Police Officer can be over whelming at times- but take pride in your work.  Not just pride in your title. 

                Serve and protect, no matter what the last name of the caller reporting to dispatch is.  The dispatcher sometimes takes so much time asking questions of the person calling in that- it is only time wasted.  A patrol car could already be on their way to check it out. 

                Serve and protect- do our officers need more training? 

                Serve and protect- will I still be treated as a fair fellow citizen after writing this piece?

                Serve and protect-  Officers, how would you feel if no one answered your families calls of distress, and concern, or a drunk driver hit and killed your wife and kids?  All because you or your buddies were enjoying a tasty treat at McDonalds together?

CathyD
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Tell City Police

I know what you mean...My daughter (10 years old) was walking down the street at 6:00pm with her friend to her friend's house just around the block, and someone opened a car door on an SUV 4 houses down from our house and the guy said "I AM GOING TO KIDNAP YOU". My daughter was terrified. She called me right away and my husband I went running out the door. My husband called the Tell City Police and reported the incident (after he had to give them his birth date). Took the police 20 minutes for us to get a call back, then another 10 minutes to show up (30 minutes in total) for anyone to show up on a kidnapping threat!! Turns out it was a 15 and 16 year old and a mother in the vehicle (with the mother laughing in the backseat). Approximately a half-hour later the cop comes to our house and stated that the kids were only joking. I asked the cop "WHAT PART OF THAT WAS FUNNY?" The cop asked me "Do you really want to see a 15-year old get a felony on their record?" Seriously??? 15-year olds should be exempt from prosecution??? The very next day, I was pulled over for stopping where there was no stop sign (Coincidence??? I think not), so next time anyone thinks of stopping where there is no stop sign in Tell City, think twice! I was pulled over for giving the police a hard time the night of the threat!!! The police did not want to press charges, because he was only 15. I could care less how old he is, he threatened my 10-year old child. I left messages for the Chief of Police and the Mayor (too funny that the Mayor contacted me back first). The Chief of Police stated he did not know anything about this (Are you serious, this was a week later). Anyway, it took 18 days for anything to be done to this kid. Also, I know that the Tell City Police and other law enforcement all meet up at McDonalds. They park in the corner of the lot!! And when the Tell City Police say they have a handle on the Gangs, you know they do not have a clue (I know this because I am from Chicago with real gangs and Chicago has never once stated that they had a handle on the gangs.) Tell City is leaving themselves open to a huge problem. In Chicago you get beat up if you refuse to be apart of their gang (happened to my nephew), did the TC Police tell the sixth graders that?? I am sure not! Don't even get me started with the TC Police!! They will try to intimidate you every chance they get!

tellcitybombshell
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To Serve And Protect.

1. The driver in question probably wasn't even intoxicated. You said they had a KENTUCKY license plate. So there you go. Besides Kentuckians can't buy liquor over there so they probably just don't know how to drive and had to stop to get some beer to take home.
2. The entire police department doesn't go to McDonalds. The officers might go before and after their shift. Would you work while you weren't getting paid? I don't think so.
3. McDonalds gives our local protecters free meals when they come in and eat before and after their shift. Do we want our officers defending our city on an empty stomach? I don't think so.
4. Maybe instead of moaning and groaning about what an awful job the tcpd does, maybe we should acknowledge the hard work and dedication that they give to our city. If they want to eat a big mac while they are not on duty, I do not see any harm in it. Also, if you think that the Tell City Police Department is not living up to your standards, maybe you should apply to become a reserve, bust your balls working out everyday, and make it through the police academy. I'm sure your views would be totally different. It is not just a title to these hard working citizens. It is a way of life. Do you realize the dangerous situations these officers put themselves in everyday? It is so easy for you to judge a group of people because of the talk that goes around this town. But what you don't realize is that these people are not robots. They are human beings trying to do whats right and protect their city in everyway that they can. To say "where are our police officers?" is ubsurd. I can't leave my house without seeing at least 2 police oficers. And that means they are doing their job. I think you shouldnt be so quick to spit in the faces of our trusted police officers. These are people like you and me. And if you were following behind this car so greatly, you should have performed a citizens arrest, since apparently you are a DUI specialist and analyzer.
5. When a dispatcher is asking you questions, that means that an officer is on their way. It is their job to ask you those questions so that they can understand the situation to its full potential.
6. Our officers are very very well trained. Obviously you have not opened your eyes in this town at all. They have subtracted a very large amount of drug dealers and meth makers. These people are dangerous. Also they have protected us from the branchville escapees, river road murderers, AND drunk drivers.
7. You weren't too disgusted to look at the officers. If you had half of the courage that the tcp has, you should have went right up to them and told them about the drunk driver. You were so determined to call the dispatchers and write on the Perry County news site, but you could not simply go up to the officers and tell them about the situation? The officers were probably off duty and their walkie talkies were probably turned down so that it would not bother you, eating YOUR McDonalds. Just like the off duty officers. Also if you were SOOO disgusted..maybe you should have went elsewhere to eat.

They can't catch them all, sweetheart. They are not Super Men.

CathyD
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tellcitybombshell

You are obviously either married to a TC cop or seriously misguided!!

BLONDIE
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serve and protect

Serve and protect ? Yes serve and protect those who help you remain in office or those who help you get an office . I think both the commissioner and the Sherriff should resign !

PatrickK
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Hi Nikki! Hi Jake!

PatrickK
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TC McDonalds

I hear the sales for the Tell City's McDonald's # 4 breakfasts have slipped in the past year. That might explain the larger number of law enforcement helping to bolster sales for the TC and Perry County economies. McDonalds provides hundreds of jobs and it would be a real crime if the Marksmen residents wouldn't be able to support it as well as Ronald envisioned.

Long live the # 4!

TC Dad (not verified)
Why sure they serve us (even

Why sure they serve us (even though it is an inconveniance to them). Sure they protect (especially their own). When you go into the police station you have to wait until the girls in there pry theirselves from thier facebook pages to see what you want, then they act mad because you disturbed them.

TC Citizen
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follow up

Two years ago, I called and reported an "occurance". When I could not think of one of the persons names, however I knew where they worked, lived etc. the disbatch female named him for me. Needless to say- for 1 hour and 30minutes I waited across the block and no police even came and it is a heavily traveled street-did not even drive by.
Now do not get me wrong- I am greatful for the job that the Tell City Police Officers do. However there is room for improvement.