The Taylorville Kiwanis Club met Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital Auditorium. The program was presented by Dave Herpstreith, Taylorville Chief of Police. He has been with the department for 14 years. Currently there are 18 full time officers and 1 recruit in training. Training a new officer takes about a year according to the Chief. The department dispatch center employs 5 dispatchers. They handle about 1200 cases per month and cover the corporate limits of Taylorville. Cases range from major crimes to domestic disputes. Drugs continue to be an ongoing problem. The department also has a DARE program. One activity he is proud of is the Cops, Kids & Christmas which is funded totally by contributions. When asked about the K-9 Unit, Herpstreith said it had been called on 7 times in the last 3 weeks which resulted in 4 cases.
On Saturday October 29th Kiwanians will be assisting the TPD with a car seat safety check day.
Next week will be the monthly business meeting. Harold “Slick” Parrish will present “Six Decades of Taylorville Sports Memories” on November 8th.
For the latest news on Kiwanis you can log onto their website at www.taylorvillekiwanis.com.
Taylorville Kiwanis Club meets each Tuesday at noon in the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium. If you would like more information about joining Kiwanis contact Fred Ronnow at 824-4919.