Arlington Heights police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 3:33 AM Sunday to a report of a person shot at 2240 Nichols Rd Arlington Heights, Il. Police and firefighter/paramedics received a report of a person with a gunshot wound and a second person with a head injury.
Firefighter/paramedics were ordered to stage outside of the apartment complex while police secured the scene.
Cook County Sheriff’s police gave the OK for firefighter/paramedics to move up to the scene about 3:59 a.m. The crime scene was at a ground level apartment at the complex.
Two people were transported to unknown hospitals at about 4:16 a.m.
FIRE/MEDIC UNITS ASSIGNED …
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EMS: A55 Palatine A82
IMPORTANT ALERT …
Cardinal Note: Police incidents involving Cook County Sheriff’s deputies, Arlington Heights Police and Palatine Police Department 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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