Pontiac Telecommunicator honored by Illinois State Police

Roberta Clutz – Photo Illinois State Police

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Police have announced their choice for Telecommunicator of the Year. Telecommunicator Specialist Roberta Clutz Telecommunicator Roberta Clutz has served the Illinois State Police for more than 16 years as a Telecommunicator Specialist. She began her career in 2004 at ISP District 21 and has continued her career at the Pontiac Communications Center.

On March 7, 2019, while working the District 6 radio console and training a Telecommunicator Trainee, Ms. Clutz handled an incident that involved a multi-agency high speed pursuit after the fatal shooting of a police officer in Rockford. The pursuit covered 47 miles in 31 minutes encompassing county roads, a U.S. Highway, city streets, two interstates, and a nearly six-hour standoff that included 55 ISP officers as well as several local and county police agencies. Prior to entering District 6’s jurisdiction, Ms. Clutz broadcasted an ISPERN which immediately notified officers in the area, allowing them to get in position.

Ms. Clutz is also very involved in numerous charitable events including the Special Olympics Polar Plunge and the Jingle Bell Dash 5k for Arthritis, with last year being one of the largest fund raisers for the ISP team. In addition, she also participates in raising monies for the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance Benefitting Camp which is a camp for children with burn injuries.