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To the editor of Lincoln Daily News:
I am responding to the letter
to the editor by Ron Yanor of Adamax (see
letter). I want to address the issues he raised concerning the
Lincoln Police Department. Mr. Yanor has not brought any of the
issues in his letter to my attention during my last 3 1/2 years as
chief of police.
The matter concerning beer cans in the trash at his range was
before my administration. It is my understanding that there was no
evidence that any Lincoln police officer was responsible for those
beer cans. Adamax is on the outskirts of Lincoln, and young people
have used that area for years to drink alcohol. These problems may
have contributed to the reasons that led Adamax to install a gate
and improve security measures at their facility.
I am also unaware of any arrangement for the Lincoln Police
Department to maintain or clean any part of the Adamax's facilities
or the range. If the range facilities have fallen into disrepair, no
one has notified me of such, or that we were responsible for the
upkeep. I was only informed that we had to go through Adamax if we
wished to use the range. The few times I have been to Adamax and the
range in recent years, I found the range to have a large number of
spent bullet casings lying everywhere and the trash cans were full.
I do not know who or what agency was responsible for the mess, but
as long as I have been a Lincoln police officer, we have always
picked up our used brass after training. No one ever contacted me
with any complaint of how Lincoln police officers left their
Shortly after I was appointed chief, Mr. Yanor came to see me and
told me about his facilities and the classes he offers through MTU
10. As Mr. Yanor states in his letter, the Lincoln Police Department
is a member of Mobile Training Unit 10 (MTU 10). The MTU is
comprised of participating law enforcement agencies from several
central Illinois counties. The MTU arranges and helps to pay for
training to be provided to local law enforcement agencies who are
members. The MTU receives funding from the Illinois Law Enforcement
Training and Standards Board, the state agency that oversees all law
enforcement training in Illinois; grants; membership dues, which
Lincoln pays; and in some cases, the membership agencies also pay
separate fees for training. As Mr. Yanor states, Adamax provides
training for MTU 10 agencies, and Adamax is paid by both the MTU and
by the participating agencies.
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Mr. Yanor states that he has offered his training for free to the
Lincoln Police Department and that the department rebuffed him
several times. Last year, our department paid Adamax $900 for the
training that was received for three officers he mentioned in his
letter. I have as yet to have received an offer for a refund from
Mr. Yanor. People who know me know that I do not rebuff offers for
In recent years, we have made other arrangements for our officers
to use other local ranges, as have other agencies. This is due to
scheduling conflicts that have occurred at Adamax's facility. I
appreciate that Adamax has enjoyed the success that led to these
scheduling conflicts. I truly appreciate the training services that
Adamax offers to law enforcement. I especially appreciate the
business that Adamax brings to our local restaurants and hotels.
What I do not appreciate is Mr. Yanor involving the Lincoln
Police Department in what is an obvious election time letter.
Chief Ken Greenslate
Lincoln Police Department
March 11, 2014]
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