Hit-and-Run Crash at Northwest Highway and Hicks Rd Near the Union Pacific/Metra Tracks, Palatine

Palatine police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 5:41 AM Thursday to a report of crash with injuries at Hicks Road and Northwest Highway Palatine, IL. Police and firefighter/paramedics received a report that a person was possibly trapped in a vehicle in a car crash at the intersection.

Firefighters on the scene reported only one vehicle was at the scene and there were no injuries and no entrapment. The crash was a hit-and-run crash — no vehicle description available.

The crash was right near the Union Pacific railroad tracks, but no debris was reported on the tracks. Metra trains requested to pass with caution.

LIVE TRAFFIC MAP of neighborhood of a hit-and-run crash at Northwest Highway and Hicks Road

 IMPORTANT ALERT … 

Cardinal Note: As of June 5, 2013 — up to and including the date of this article — police incidents related to the above police agency are not reported in real time or within a prompt time period. Police protecting their realm of investigation and police activity, have chosen to use secret military-grade encrypted radios to withhold their police communications, which were previously open to the public and news media via monitoring of public safety scanning radios — with no known negative results locally.

The delayed knowledge or entirely blacked out knowledge resulting from encrypted police communications may protect certain police operations and investigations, but it also puts the public at risk in situations such as when armed and dangerous offenders are at large and when other similar situations occur, such as when desperate offenders of property crimes are eluding police. In other cases, the delayed or blacked out information inhibits or prohibits the possibility of the public providing early witness accounts before a criminal trail goes cold. Citizens are much more likely to recognize or recall suspicious or criminal activity if they are aware of the criminal incident within minutes or hours of its occurrence. The most serious incident involving dire results would be a trail that is allowed to go cold in the case of child abduction.

The lack of real time information from public police dispatch also weakens an effective neighborhood watch program mostly working to prevent property loss, but also working to prevent possible violent crimes.

Lack of real time information from police dispatch also delays public awareness or eliminates public awareness of general hazards and traffic or other situations in every day living in an otherwise economically thriving community.

Police have alternate ways to transmit tactical, operational or investigative information, while still keeping their main public dispatch channels open for the best balance of public safety and police safety.


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