Robbins police department facing overhaul

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The newly elected mayor of Robbins is announcing a sweeping overhaul of his police department in the wake of disclosures that the department mishandled evidence from several rape cases.

That evidence is placed into what is called a rape kit; dozens of untested kits were discovered earlier this year — some dating back to 1986 — and ultimately sent to the Iliinois State Police to be tested.

One kit identified a suspect in a 1991 sexual assault, but the finding came too late because the statute of limitations for the crime had run out. The victim came forward to reveal her personal struggles in the wake of the rape, and her frustration with the police department’s inattention to her case.

Since taking office, Robbins Mayor Tyrone Ward has hired a new police chief and deputy chief, and a new command staff and new investigators; and the police department’s evidence room and evidence lab are getting some long-needed attention.

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  • Robbins Citizen

    Robbins PD aren't doing an overhaul they are hiring officers that aren't even certified by the state of Illinois to be the police. Those officers are making unlawful arrest and violating citizens civil rights. They are currently attempting to sweep this under the rug so no one will find out about their mistakes. Also the current Police Administration have critical arrest in their backgrounds that disqualify them to hold administration positions. (domestic batteries and D.U.I's) Furthermore they have an officer in I.A.D that has to enroll in a full-time police academy and is not certified to even conduct Internal Affairs investigations but Mel Davis allows him to keep his position and conduct such investigations.