In August of 2012 the Sheriff's Office purchased K-9 "Kenzo" using the departments seized drug proceeds. Kenzo is a 2 year old Belgian Malinois from Holland and is assigned to his handler Deputy Cremer. Deputy Cremer and Kenzo attended the Illinois State Police K-9 academy where Kenzo was trained to detect numerous drug odors, human tracking and article searches. Deputy Cremer and Kenzo are assigned to the night patrol and assist several police departments in McDonough and the surrounding counties.
Sheriff VanBrooker announces the addition of Bloodhound "Daisy" to the Sheriff's Office. Daisy was purchased in July of 2015 with a donation from the Macomb Elks Lodge and paired with Deputy Rowland. Deputy Rowland and Daisy recently completed training and certification by the National Police Bloodhound Association in the field of human trailing. Rowland is a retired Master Sgt. with the Illinois State Police. The pair will assist the Sheriff's Office and surrounding agencies in tracking criminals and missing persons.
Prior to K-9 Kenzo, The McDonough County Sheriff's Office K-9 Unit consists of handler Deputy Pilat and K-9 "KILO". Both Deputy Pilat and Kilo are certified and trained by the State of Illinois. Deputy Pilat and Kilo are assigned to patrol and assist with numerous joint operations with the Sheriff's Office drug unit, Macomb Police, and the West Central Illinois Drug Task Force.
The McDonough County Sheriff's Office is responsible for patrolling all unincorporated towns and rural areas of McDonough County. McDonough County is approximately 580 square miles total. The majority of the department's deputies are responsible for patrol. The McDonough County Sheriff's Office has five deputies assigned to night patrol operations. Each deputy is responsible for handling both non-emergency and emergency calls for service. Our patrol division utilizes both marked and unmarked patrol cars.
The McDonough County Sheriff's Office employs two full time Investigators and one Lieutenant dedicated to drug investigations. The two investigators focus on crimes towards persons and property. The drug investigator works with agents from other local agencies in the county to combat drug infiltration. The program under Sheriff VanBrooker has been highly successful joining drug agents from all over the county to work together as a group. The sheriff also actively uses the drug unit to educate the public and schools in the county about new drug trends and drug activity.
Strategic Response Team (S.R.T.)
SRT is a multi-agency response team. SRT is equipped and trained to execute high risk fugitive warrants and narcotic warrants.
Since its inception the Macomb/McDonough County Strategic Response Team (SRT) has participated in over 40 operations. The majority of the operations were narcotic warrants. A small portion of the operations were barricaded subjects or others posing a high likelihood of violence. SRT members are trained in close quarter combat, room clearing, breaching, and other skills. SRT administration is specifically trained in operation planning and contingency management.
The goal behind SRT was to deliver a safe, effective, and efficient way to arrest fugitives and drug dealers. SRT has helped seize money, drugs, evidence, and weapons. SRT maintains a 100% safety rating with no injuries to operators or suspects.