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The Administrative Division of the Sheriff’s Police oversees areas of the department tasked with public records and communication, and maintaining organization of records, property and inventory.
911 Communications Center
The Sheriff’s Police Emergency-911 Communications Center handles an average of 350 calls for service every day. In addition to the unincorporated areas of the county, calls originating from the Forest Preserve, as well as the towns of Dixmoor, Ford Heights, Golf, Northlake, Phoenix, Robbins and Stone Park are received by telecommunicators.
Telecommunicators also monitor officer activity for areas of the Sheriff’s Office, including the Bomb Squad, three K-9 Units, Evictions, Electronic Monitoring, and the Graffiti Removal Unit. The Sheriff’s Police 911 Center was the second in Illinois to implement technology allowing a cell phone call to be traced to within 50 feet of the caller, instead of just the closest tower.
Additionally, telecommunicators attend community events, such as National Night Out and the Illinois State Fair, helping children make practice 911 calls, and in 2009 they received their 3rd CALEA Accreditation.
Evidence and Recovered Property Section
The Evidence and Recovered Property Section is responsible for the safekeeping of all property which is seized, recovered or found by the Sheriff’s Police and other Sheriff’s Office personnel, including Court Services deputies, the Evictions Unit and Cook County Jail officers, as well as the Forest Preserve Police.
Personnel in the Evidence and Recovered Property Section are responsible for the chain-of-custody of all evidence, the maintenance of accurate records for court presentations and transporting evidence to and from the Illinois State Police Crime Lab for testing.
More than 85,000 pieces of evidence are inventoried annually, including weapons, illegal narcotics, counterfeit merchandise, stolen items and evidence in violent crimes.
The Records Section is the repository for all written Sheriff’s Police civil and criminal records, in accordance with Federal, State and local statutes. The Records Section receives nearly 20,000 requests for records annually, from citizens, other law enforcement agencies and in response to court issued subpoenas.
The Records Section is also responsible for the quarterly mailing of the State of Illinois Convicted Sex Offender Registration Listing to schools, churches and daycare centers in suburban Cook County.
The Sheriff’s Police Training Academy, located at Triton College in River Grove, Illinois, is one of six accredited Illinois law enforcement training institutions for police officers. The Academy provides a full-service, 400-hour Basic Recruit Training Program for new Sheriff’s Police officers, as well as municipal and other suburban police agencies.
Additionally, the Academy provides in-service training for all Sheriff’s Police officers on an annual basis and regularly partners with outside agencies to host other, specialized training opportunities.