The Detectives in the unit are assigned cases based on ‘solvability factors’ and the seriousness of the criminal offense. The Investigations Unit is staffed by 1 Commander, 1 Sergeant, 4 Detectives, 4 School Resource Officers, 2 Gang Suppression Officers, 1 Officer assigned to the North Central Narcotics Task Force, and 1 Evidence Custodian.
The Investigations Unit investigated 303 cases in 2023 of which 35% were cleared by arrest.
Internet crimes and identity theft are some of the most challenging crimes to investigate. The internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) is a partnership between the F.B.I., the National White Collar Crime Center and the Bureau of Justice Assistance which receives and investigates complaints of internet crime. Internet crime complaints can be sent via email to ic3.gov.
The Cook County State Attorney’s Office has set up an online information site for the crime of identity theft which can be accessed online.
The Cook County State Attorney’s Office has set up a bad check diversion program for citizens and business that have received checks that did not clear at some point during the financial process. Information on this program can be obtained online.