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Kankakee MEG Unit employs problem-solving approach to combat drug crime.

The Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group (KAMEG) is a multijurisdictional unit which deploys proactive strategies on crimes involving controlled substances, cannabis, guns and street gang-related offenses.  KAMEG is comprised of sworn police officers from the Kankakee Police Department and the Illinois State Police. The Kankakee County State’s Attorney’s Office also is an invaluable partner and is a member as well.  KAMEG provides a wide array of drug enforcement services to the residents of Kankakee, Iroquois and Ford counties.    KAMEG targets distribution groups which are comprised of serious offenders, drug trafficking organizations and street gang members.

 

KAMEG was formed in 1982 under the authority of the Illinois Intergovernmental Drug Law Enforcement Act, 30 ILCS 715/1 and the Intergovernmental Cooperation Act, 5 ILCS 220/1.  The purpose of the Acts is to collectively develop, support, and maintain Metropolitan Enforcement Groups (MEGs) to provide cooperation and increase efficiency among units of government in the enforcement of drug, gang, and gun laws.  KAMEG is governed by a policy board which is comprised of chiefs of police from its member agencies, an Illinois State Police Investigative Commander, and the Kankakee County State’s Attorney.  KAMEG receives grant funding support for personnel, communications, and other needs through the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority which has been provided from the state and Federal government programs such as the Byrne and Justice Assistance Grants. 

 

This unit utilizes a two-prong approach to drug and gang enforcement through the use of covert and overt groups aimed at street-to-middle and upper-level drug distributors.  The tactical narcotics group conducts proactive and reactive drug, gun and street gang-related investigations which require a rapid, visible response from law enforcement.  The tactical group utilizes confidential sources in a majority of their investigations to glean fresh and comprehensive street intelligence.  The tactical group also executes missions which are specifically designed to target the most visible and overt offenders who are a nuisance and operate in an open-air fashion, which undermines the safety of the communities we serve.  Many of the investigations conducted by the tactical group are precipitated from complaints and tips from local elected officials, police officers, the general public and confidential informants.  KAMEG also uses two drug detection canines during its missions.  One of the members of the tactical group is assigned as a school liaison officer during the school year.  He is responsible for acquiring gang intelligence information and providing guidance to school officials and students to deter drug, gang, and gun activity at Kankakee High School.  Our immediate response protocol is well received by our stakeholders who consistently communicate their satisfaction of our investigative actions. 

 

The covert squad is responsible for longer-term, more in-depth investigations involving drugs, guns, and street gangs.  The squad uses undercover agents and additional resources to identify and develop criminal conspiracy investigations and confidential sources. Traditional investigative methods are utilized, along with the use of specialized equipment and tools, surveillance, interviews of associates and confederates and defendant proffer statements. 

 

KAMEG’s mission dictates we provide education and training concerning drugs, guns, and gangs to our stakeholders.  KAMEG members have participated in citizen police academies, community and school events, as well as training opportunities with other law enforcement agencies.  The members of KAMEG attend premier professional development training on a regular basis to enhance our effectiveness as we serve our communities.  We seek to be the very best at what we do. 

 

KAMEG enjoys a fruitful relationship with several county, state and local law enforcement agencies and Federal partners, including but not limited to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), United States’ Attorney’s Office of the Central District of Illinois, United States Postal Inspector, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Division of Homeland Security Investigations and the Bureau of Arson, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF).   

KAMEG seeks a partnership with the communities we serve in order to positively affect quality of life issues caused by drugs, gangs, and illegal gun offenses.  The community is urged to report any suspicious, non-emergency activity affiliated with drugs and gangs to your local police department or to us.  For emergencies, please call 9-1-1 for your local police department.  You can receive additional information or report illegal activities to us by calling 815-933-1710 or completing the drug tip form and submitting it by e-mail, fax, or mail.  Anonymous complaints are acceptable.  In addition, please contact us if any church, school or community group wishes to have KAMEG present a drug education program or canine demonstration. 

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