Detective Bureau In 2018, the Detective Bureau has been staffed by two detectives, a tactical officer, and a task force officer assigned to a state wide drug and money laundering task force. The Detective Bureau is supervised by a Sergeant who supervises criminal investigations and gang/narcotics investigations. All Detective Bureau employees are assigned to a multi-jurisdictional task force called the “Triangle”. The “Triangle” task force focuses attention to high criminal activity areas in the Villages of Broadview, Maywood, and Bellwood. Task force operators use covert vehicles and the latest surveillance technology to identify and monitor gang/drug activity. In 2017, a strong relationship was formed with the 4th District Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office during prosecutions of gang members responsible for violence and drug trafficking.
Members of the Detective Bureau continually attend training in efforts to stay alert of criminal trends and new investigative technology. Detectives are certified evidence technicians and qualified to process crime scenes and collect forensic evidence. In the event a juvenile is suspected of a crime or the victim of a crime, detectives are certified to handle all juvenile protocols. Detective Bureau personnel are certified as “Lead Homicide Investigators” through the State of Illinois. Detectives continue involvement in the West Suburban Major Crimes Task Force (WESTAF) and attend annual training for active shooter response and strategies used in the aftermath of a mass casualty incident. WESTAF provides smaller communities with big city resources including multilingual detectives, a forensic sketch artist, polygraph technicians, and human tracking capabilities. During 2018, the Detective Bureau was assigned 391 total cases. Of the assigned cases, 294 were clear/closed with 48 arrests. This provided an arrest rate of 16.32%.