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Taylorville Police Chief Talks Safe Passage

There is no question that Safe Passage of Taylorville has caused many positive outcomes for the citizens and the City of Taylorville. Safe Passage resides in the Taylorville Police Department and is an extension of the services offered by TPD. In order for services like these to thrive in cities, the police force must be on board, Taylorville finds itself in this lucky position.

Taylorville Chief of Police Dwayne Wheeler has been an advocate for Safe Passage since its beginnings and he has seen the numbers of sobriety rise. Wheeler calls Safe Passage the best community policing tool around.


The success rate of the Safe Passage program is staggering, according to Chief Wheeler. Taylorville Police Department is treating crimes related to people struggling with addiction like mental health cases, a perspective many police forces have yet to adopt.


Chief Wheeler described his recent conversation with Clinton Chief of Police, Ben Lowers. Chief Wheeler sees Safe Passage of Taylorville as a template for other communities to follow.


To contact Taylorville Police Department call 217-824-2211. To contact Denise Evans call 217-638-3247.

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