The security issue centers mainly on Buffalo Grove police Chief Steve Balinski's preference for having at least two Buffalo Grove police officers provide extra security, particularly in the parking lot of the Town Center mall.
is concerned that a dance club at eSkape
would serve as a magnet for criminal activity, especially from out-of-town visitors.
raised several objections.
said a security firm does not have the authority to make arrests.
also said its personnel do not necessarily have the most current training on such issues as gangs and the use of force.
They do not have the ability to network with other agencies, he
said, nor do they have the ability to use the LEADS criminal database.
Certainly our retired police officers know how to get hold of your department," Balinski
replied that they would not be authorized to make that call, because it would violate an existing agreement governing the use of LEADS.
Balinski said he has been in contact with the police chief of Vernon Hills, who related his village's recent experience with teen nights at a local lounge.
The chief detailed such problems with fights, gangs, criminal damage to property, noise and an increase in traffic accidents, Balinski
Most alarming, Balinski
said, was a survey that revealed that 85 percent of the teens attending were from outside the community.