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Privacy violation

Published: Monday, April 29, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

We have been led to believe by the McHenry Police Department that when a citizen calls to report a crime or suspicious activity that the police do not have a caller ID of who is calling on the nonemergency phone number.

It appears this is not true.

A few weeks ago, I called to report a crime by a house that was breaking the law. I stated the nature of the crime to the police dispatcher, who asked whether I wanted to see the officer and give my name. I stated "no" for safety.

I heard the dispatcher talking to the police officer who was to respond to my complaint and my name was used against my wishes over the air. So I ask how did they know my name if no caller ID was used?

This goes against the statement by McHenry Police that a caller's identity is not used on the nonemergency telephone line. This is clearly a violation of a citizen's request to remain anonymous and my civil rights.

Beware, citizens of McHenry. You clearly cannot count on the police not using your name upon request, and they do have a caller ID on this nonemergency line.

When I wrote an email to Chief Jones for an explanation on how this could happen, to this date, I have never received a call or email back regarding this most serious violation of my privacy and safety.

Jack Reilly


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