How could the school board not know anything!!! They DO know that Holmes was arrested 2 times for DUI. Can't see that he has anything more to offer. Does he want to stick around becasue another family member will need a job soon!!!
Kadner: Cook County Sheriff offers hope for Robbins
By Phil Kadner email@example.com February 20, 2013 11:02PM
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart makes a statement during the town hall meeting at the Robbins Community Center in Robbins, IL on Tuesday February 19, 2013.| Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 21, 2013 4:05PM
An angry Wanda Hampton shouted that Robbins police had yet to solve the murder a year ago of her 21-year-old son, Dwayne Robinson, who was shot in front of her home.
“This town’s not over 10 blocks long, and we can’t solve a murder,” Hampton said.
Clantcha Miller, 69, said she told Robbins police repeatedly that her grandchildren had broken into “seven or eight” homes in the neighborhood and “nothing happened until they were caught breaking into a store in Midlothian.”
Hampton and Miller were just two of about 75 Robbins residents at a town hall meeting Tuesday night to hear that a new sheriff was in town.
That’s Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, who announced at a news conference at the Robbins Community Center an hour earlier that his department had discovered 51 unprocessed rape kits in the village police department’s evidence room.
There was also a “barrel of guns,” confiscated by Robbins police officers but never sent to the feds to check for links to other crimes, Dart said.
“Those guns were just dumped in a barrel,” he told me.“There must have been about 50 handguns. And there were shotguns and other guns lined up nearby.”
Dart’s office is primarily responsible for patrolling unincorporated areas of Cook County. But the role of the sheriff’s police has expanded over the years because of criminal conduct by some suburban police departments (such as Ford Heights) and budget cuts in other towns.
Dart contends that the state law creating his office gives him leeway to swoop in and protect the public wherever there’s criminal activity in Cook County.
“It’s like the law was written for a sheriff in the Old West,” he said.
Sheriff’s police provide evidence technicians for about 60 suburbs that can no longer afford to hire their specialists. The department also has a gang unit that, through a sophisticated tracking technology, keeps close tabs on street gang activity in the suburbs, Dart said.
The sheriff will now provide a patrol car and support services to Robbins, although Dart indicated to Robbins citizens that his department will offer them a wide range of law enforcement assistance.
Even before the announcement Tuesday, Dart said his officers had made about 160 arrests in Robbins during 2012, an extraordinary number for a suburb that has its own police force.
At the town hall meeting, he heard numerous senior citizens complain of home burglaries by local teenagers. Most of the residents said that when they called police, they were told there was a point system that prevented Robbins police from arresting juveniles.
Dart said that while the Cook County state’s attorney’s office has a point system for determining what type of crime qualifies a teenager for juvenile detention,“a crime is a crime” and minors who break the law should be charged.
More than one senior citizen warned that if police officials didn’t act soon, the residents would take matters into their hands.
“They just don’t have the money to fund the police department the people here deserve,” Dart told me.
“It’s mostly a part-time police department.”
Robbins police Cmdr. Christian Daigre said the department has four full-time administrative officers and 50 part-time patrol officers.
Former Police Chief Johnny Holmes resigned in December after he was charged with drunken driving for the second time in three years. An interim police chief has taken his place.