Major Case Unit Formed In Christian County

Taylorville - A rural central Illinois county is combining police resources to form a major crimes unit.

Christian County Sheriff Bruce Kettelkamp says that Illinois State Police officers now have larger areas to cover than previously. He says help from the state police on major investigations might not be readily available.

The task force will include county sheriff's deputies, state police troopers and officers from the Taylorville and Pana police departments.

“I have an investigator.  But he can't handle a major case,” Kettelkamp told WAND News.  “But if he works with the state police and other agencies it gives him the opportunity to learn, to get trained in those kind of investigations.

Kettlekamp says there hasn't been an increase in major crimes. But serious incidents have occurred in the past few months in Christian County, just south of Springfield.  The major case unit will handle cases like rapes or murders.

A special state police team shot and killed a man in July after he shot a Pana officer in the arm and fled.

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