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Chicago Man Charged with Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse

February 28, 2020

A 40-year-old Chicago man has been charged with multiple felonies after a Cook County Sheriff’s Police investigation found he solicited an undercover officer posing as a teenage boy on a dating app, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today. The man, identified as Jaime Garci... [Read More]

National Sex Buyer Stings Reach 10,000 Arrests

February 5, 2020

A national operation aimed at deterring johns and disrupting the online facilitation of sex trafficking made its 10,000th arrest since 2011 during the latest sting, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today. The 10,000th arrest was made during the 19th National John... [Read More]

Sheriff Announces Program to Help At-Risk Missing

December 18, 2019

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office is making free scent kits and training available to the public to assist in locating individuals with autism or dementia who may wander away, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today. Approximately half of autistic children age 14 or younger ... [Read More]

Sheriff Announces Operation Deadly Distractions

October 29, 2019

Cook County Sheriff’s Police have launched “Operation Deadly Distractions” to curb the rampant and dangerous use of cell phones by motorists, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced at an October 23rd press conference with national safety experts. Sheriff’s Police began the... [Read More]

Historic International Detainee Chess Tournament Held

August 6, 2019

Detainees in seven countries spanning multiple continents participated in a historic chess tournament that concluded Tuesday, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today. Detainees at Cook County Jail competed against prisoners from Armenia, Belarus, Brazil, England, ... [Read More]

National Sex Buyer Sting Nets More Than 500 Arrests

July 31, 2019

From California to New York to Alabama, more than two dozen police agencies partnered in a five-week, anti-trafficking operation that led to the arrest of more than 500 sex buyers, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today. The 18th National Johns Suppression Initia... [Read More]

Public’s Help Sought in Identifying Suspicious Person

July 16, 2019

Cook County Sheriff’s Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man involved in a suspicious incident on a Forest Preserve trail near Morton Grove. On July 11, sometime between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., a man riding a black and red small framed bicycle approached... [Read More]