Cook County Sheriff's Office

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Cook County Sheriff's Office
Abbreviation CCSO
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Patch of the Cook County Sheriff's Office.
Agency overview
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* County (US) of Cook County, Illinois in the state of Illinois, United States
Legal jurisdiction Cook County, Illinois
General nature
Operational structure
Headquarters Chicago, Illinois
Sworn members 6,900 at full strength
Sheriff responsible Thomas Dart
Departments
Website
www.cookcountysheriff.org
Footnotes
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The Cook County Sheriff's Office is the principal law enforcement agency that serves Cook County, Illinois. It is the second largest sheriff's department in the United States, with over 6,900 members when at full operational strength. It is headed by the Sheriff of Cook County, currently Thomas Dart. Due to its size the Cook County Sheriff's Office divides its operations by task into several departments, the most recognizable of which are the Cook County Sheriff's Police Department, the Court Services Division, and the Cook County Sheriff's Department of Corrections.

All Cook County Sheriff's deputies are certified Peace Officers, regardless of their particular job function or title. Only members of the Cook County Sheriff's Police Department are sworn, certified Police Officers under Illinois statute. Like other sheriffs' departments in Illinois, the sheriff can provide all traditional law-enforcement functions, including county-wide patrol and investigations irrespective of municipal boundaries, even in the city of Chicago, but has traditionally limited its police patrol functions to unincorporated areas of the county which are the primary jurisdiction of a sheriff's department in Illinois.

Sheriff's deputies outside of the patrol and investigations divisions provide the other services of the sheriff, such as service of process, fugitive apprehension, enforcing evictions and levies, securing courthouses, securing and operating the 9,000-plus detainee population of the Cook County Jail, transporting prisoners and overseeing offender rehabilitation programs.

Cook County has additional police departments that are not the responsibility of the sheriff. These include the Cook County Forest Preserve District Police and Cook County Hospital Police.

A Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor of the Cook County Sheriff's Office

Sheriff's Office divisions[edit]

The Cook County Sheriff's Office is carved into several divisions.[1]

  • The Cook County Sheriff's Police Department is charged with patrolling unincorporated areas of Cook County as well as assisting suburban police departments with police operations including, but not limited to, detective and evidence services, narcotics interdiction, bomb detection and disposal, vice operations, gang crimes investigation and hostage/barricade/terrorist incidents. Approximately 109,000 people live in unincorporated communities within Cook County among the county's 5.3 million total population. The Cook County Sheriff's Police Academy trains police recruits within the department as well as those from suburban agencies.
  • The Cook County Sheriff's Department of Corrections is one of the largest single-site pre-trial holding facilities in the world. The sheriff's correctional officers are responsible for the security of more than 9,000 detainees, many of whom are violent offenders awaiting trial in the criminal court system.
  • The Cook County Sheriff's Boot Camp is designed to provide non-violent offenders a strict detention program based on military discipline, fundamental vocational skills, education and alcohol/substance abuse treatment. In addition, the boot camp features an eight-month long post-detention supervision program where participants must return to the boot camp on a daily basis to continue educational programming.
  • The Central Warrant Unit is responsible for the apprehension of fugitives wanted on warrants for offenses ranging from contempt of court for failure to pay child support to escape and murder. This unit works closely with the United States Marshal's Great Lakes Task Force and is also responsible for extradition of offenders from outside the Cook County area.
  • The Criminal Intelligence Unit is a vital information hub gathering gang intelligence from within the Department of Corrections and bridges the information gap between all divisions of the sheriff's office and outside agencies. This unit is also responsible for investigative services within corrections and court facilities and is featured in the MSNBC television series "The Squeeze".[2]
  • The Department of Women's Justice Services administers gender responsive drug treatment programs for female offenders and programs for pregnant detainees among many other services.
  • The Jail Diversion and Crime Prevention Division was designed to make the Cook County Sheriff’s Office more useful and accessible to residents. It operates many vital preventive and educational programs that municipalities, schools and average citizens can take advantage of free of charge. Programs include DUI and distracted driving prevention, graffiti removal, New Path speakers' series, and the SMART program.
  • The Office Of Professional Review investigates allegations of misconduct within the sheriff's office.
  • The Court Services Division provides security for all courtrooms, judges and other government officials as well as prisoners being tried. In addition to providing courtroom security, deputy sheriffs operate security posts at the entrance of each facility where many arrests are made every year of individuals attempting to enter with weapons, drugs and other various contraband. Cook County is home to one of the largest unified court systems in the world, including the Richard J. Daley Center which is arguably the largest courthouse in the world.

Rank structure and insignia[edit]

Rank insignia[citation needed] for exempt positions that are above the exempt positions of commander and assistant chief include gold oak leaves and increasing numbers of gold stars worn on shirt collars and on shoulders of jackets. Rank insignia for commanders and assistant chiefs are gold eagles worn on the collars of the shirt and the shoulders of the jacket.

Rank insignia for lieutenants are gold bars worn on the collars of the shirt and the shoulders of the jacket. Rank insignia for sergeants are gold chevrons worn on the collars of the shirt and embroidered chevrons worn on the upper sleeves of shirts and jackets. Tenured officers will have gold hash-marks or stars on the lower left side of their long-sleeved shirts and jackets. Each mark represents five years of service. A star represents twenty years of service.

Title Insignia
Chief of Police/Executive Director
First Deputy Chief/First Assistant Executive Director
Deputy Chief/Assistant Executive Director
Superintendent
Commander/Assistant Chief
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Lieutenant
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Sergeant
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Deputy Sheriff

Fallen officers[edit]

Since the establishment of the Cook County Sheriff Office, twelve officers have died in the line of duty.[3][4][5]

Officer Date of Death Details
Deputy Sheriff Frank E. Nye[6]
Thursday, December 22, 1898
Gunfire
Policeman Sam F. Kaiser[7]
Sunday, April 20, 1930
Motorcycle accident
Policeman Frederick C. Bryant[8]
Saturday, May 24, 1930
Motorcycle accident
Policeman Meyer Joseph (Jack) Lapine[9]
Monday, September 5, 1932
Motorcycle accident
Policeman Robert (Ruby) Schanbaum[10]
Saturday, August 11, 1934
Vehicular assault
Policeman Frank J. Christian[11]
Sunday, October 19, 1941
Vehicular assault
Deputy Sheriff Joseph Law Sr.[12]
Saturday, September 21, 1974
Gunfire
Investigator John A. Rusnak[13]
Wednesday, August 3, 1977
Automobile accident
Investigator Michael W. Ridges[14]
Thursday, October 17, 1985
Gunfire
Correctional Officer Jeffery Blakey[15]
Tuesday, January 5, 1988
Assault
Deputy Sheriff Alfred Brown Jr.[16]
Tuesday, November 17, 1992
Assault
Patrol Officer James F. Knapp[17]
Wednesday, January 4, 2006
Automobile accident
Correctional Officer Nikkii Bostic-Jones[18]
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Vehicular Assault
Investigator II Cuauhtemoc Estrada[19]
Friday, 20 December 2013
Gunfire

See also[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cook County Sheriff's Office Departments page". CookCountySheriff.org. 2009-01-22. Archived from the original on 2009-01-22. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  2. ^ "NBC% Chicago". Nbcchicago.com. 2012-07-09. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  3. ^ "The Officer Down Memorial Page". Odmp.org. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  4. ^ "The Officer Down Memorial Page". Odmp.org. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  5. ^ "The Officer Down Memorial Page". Odmp.org. Retrieved 2012-08-13. 
  6. ^ "Deputy Sheriff Frank E. Nye, Cook County Sheriff's Office - Department of Court Services, Illinois". Odmp.org. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  7. ^ "Policeman Sam F. Kaiser, Cook County Highway Police, Illinois". Odmp.org. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  8. ^ "Policeman Frederick C. Bryant, Cook County Highway Police, Illinois". Odmp.org. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  9. ^ "Policeman Meyer Joseph "Jack" Lapine, Cook County Highway Police, Illinois". Odmp.org. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  10. ^ "Policeman Robert "Ruby" Schanbaum, Cook County Highway Police, Illinois". Odmp.org. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  11. ^ "Policeman Frank J. Christian, Cook County Highway Police, Illinois". Odmp.org. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  12. ^ "Deputy Sheriff Joseph Law, Sr., Cook County Sheriff's Office - Department of Court Services, Illinois". Odmp.org. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  13. ^ "Investigator John A. Rusnak, Cook County Sheriff's Police Department, Illinois". Odmp.org. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  14. ^ "Investigator Michael W. Ridges, Cook County Sheriff's Police Department, Illinois". Odmp.org. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  15. ^ "Correctional Officer Jeffery B. Blakey, Cook County Sheriff's Office - Department of Corrections, Illinois". Odmp.org. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  16. ^ "Deputy Sheriff Alfred "Butch" Brown, Jr., Cook County Sheriff's Office - Department of Court Services, Illinois". Odmp.org. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  17. ^ "Patrol Officer James F. Knapp, Cook County Sheriff's Police Department, Illinois". Odmp.org. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  18. ^ "Correctional Officer Nikkii Bostic-Jones, Cook County Sheriff's Office - Department of Corrections, Illinois". Odmp.org. Retrieved 2012-10-31. 
  19. ^ "Investigator II Cuauhtemoc Estrada, Cook County Sheriff's Office - Department of Court Services, Illinois". Odmp.org. Retrieved 2014-06-18. 

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