The primary duties of the Investigations Unit involve the follow up of cases that require additional time and expertise that cannot be provided by the patrol shift. The Investigations Unit is also responsible for the gathering of intelligence data and in working on cases that cross Village and state boundaries. In addition to following up on cases, these officers also function as juvenile officers for the department and conduct background investigations, pre-employment investigations, and liquor license investigations.
The Mundelein Police Department teaches the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program in local schools. D.A.R.E. is a drug abuse prevention program designed to equip elementary school children with basic life skills for resisting peer pressure to experiment with tobacco, drugs, and alcohol. Students are taught methods for handling stress, value judgments and risks, as well as respect for the law, personal safety, and how to recognize the glamorization of drugs and alcohol in the media. The core curriculum focuses on 5th grade students who are visited by a D.A.R.E. certified police officer once a week for 15 weeks. Each lesson is 45 to 60 minutes and involves the students in a variety of exercises. The program concludes with graduation ceremonies honoring those students for their successful completion of the D.A.R.E. program.
G.R.E.A.T. is a program designed to help children set goals for themselves, resist pressures to join gangs, teaches children how to resolve conflict without violence, and helps them understand how gangs and youth violence impact the quality of their lives. G.R.E.A.T. students discover for themselves the ramifications of gang and youth violence through structured exercises and interactive approaches to learning.
The Police Liaison Program is a joint effort between the schools and the Mundelein Police Department in which officers are assigned to Mundelein High School and Carl Sandburg Junior High during the school year.
The purpose of the Liaison Officer is to be a positive role model to the students of the school. The youth of the community spend roughly eight hours per day in school, and this provides the officer with an opportunity to get to know these teenagers. The Police Liaison is available to the students and staff in the same manner as a school counselor.
In addition, their other duties include but are not limited to:
- Classroom presentations
- Investigations where a violation of the law exists
- Acts as a source of information for students and parents seeking help through social service agencies
- Assistance in truancy problems
- Security and supervision at extra-curricular events
- Breaking down barriers and building bridges between students and the police.
The Lake County Metropolitan Enforcement Group (MEG) is a multi-jurisdictional law enforcement task force dedicated to serving communities and member agencies through the investigation of illicit drug trafficking and distribution, gang activity, and weapon offenses within Lake County, Illinois.
Lake County MEG serves a population of over 700,000 residents, and receives support from member agencies through the assignment of full-time sworn police officers. We often work with other drug task forces and federal, state, county, and municipal law enforcement agencies to combat illicit drugs, gangs, and weapons in our communities. Lake County MEG receives support from and works very closely with the Lake County State's Attorney's Office.
For additional information, please visit the LCMEG website.