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Murphysboro residents encouraged to voice concerns through ICICLE program

MURPHYSBORO, IL (KFVS) -

Social media is a place where it's easy to voice community concerns, but the Murphysboro Police Department wants less social media and more community involvement. 

The department says they have already have a program in place specifically for residents who have community concerns, called ICICLE – Improving our Community by Involving Citizens and Law Enforcement.

It started earlier this year, and officers are encouraging residents to use it.

Two people from each of the city's five wards meet once a month with members of the police department to address concerns throughout the community.

But the police chief said he’s disappointed because he sees more people on the department’s facebook page addressing concerns, rather than going through the program or calling the department directly.

The department posted on its Facebook page that if folks do have any community issues, to bring it to the ICICLE program, not through social media, so they can help resolve any concerns.

“It’s anonymous. They’re going through ten people that the wards' aldermen have selected, so it’s an easy program, easy access to us and they’re not utilizing it, so it’s a little frustrating that we hear problems and they air them on social media when if there’s truly an issue, come to us," Chief Hollo said.

Chief Hollo said you can also address any issues by calling the department directly, through Crimestoppers or by walking in.

He said the best way to find out more about the ICICLE program and how to get involved, is to contact your individual alderman.

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