THE MISSION OF THE MCDONOUGH COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE IS TO ATTAIN THE HIGHEST QUALITY OF LIFE AND SECURITY FOR ALL WHO LIVE, WORK, LEARN, AND VISIT IN THE COUNTY OF MCDONOUGH. WE SHALL DO THIS BY WORKING WITH ALL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES AND THE COMMUNITY TO PROMOTE SAFETY AND REDUCE CRIME.
Goal #1. PUBLIC SAFETY: To provide a secure environment that will foster residential, commercial and cultural advancement within McDonough County.
Goal #2. EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE SERVICE: To provide quality services through the cost efficient and effective utilization of Departmental resources,
Goal #3. LEADERSHIP IN THE COMMUNITY: To enhance the law enforcement leadership by providing high quality law enforcement services emphasizing fair treatment of citizens.
Goal #4. PARTNERSHIP: To achieve effective citizen, police personnel, public and private agencies cooperation to improve the quality of life and enhance public safety.
Goal #5. PROFESSIONAL PERSONNEL: To provide a highly motivated and trained work force which is professional, ethical and representative of the community it serves.
The Jail staff is responsible for the care and custody of pre-trail detainees and convicted individuals sentenced to the McDonough County Jail. The Jail may be contacted at 309-833-JAIL (5245).
Visitation shall be conducted twice weekly: on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. through 11:00 a.m. for female inmates and from 11:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. for male inmates; also on Wednesday from 08:00 a.m. through 10:00 a.m. for male inmates and 10:00 a.m. through 11:00 a.m. for female inmates. A week is Sunday thru Saturday. Inmates shall be allowed visitation for up to thirty minutes per week on either Wednesday or Saturday unless that inmate has had disciplinary action taken for a jail rule violation. Visitors shall be selected by the inmate and their names placed on the authorized visitor’s list. Authorized visiting lists shall contain no more than six authorized visitors.
- Inmates shall be in custody of the McDonough County Jail for a minimum of 7 consecutive days before
eligibility for visiting privileges.
- Inmates serving a sentence of periodic imprisonment such as weekends or work release are not eligible for
- Inmates shall be allowed visitation for up to thirty minutes per week on either Wednesday or Saturday unless
that inmate has had disciplinary action taken for a jail rule violation. A week is Sunday thru Saturday.
- Visits may be broken down into two 15-minute visits, not to exceed more than 30 minutes per inmate per
- Visits shortened by an inmate, visitor or jail staff shall be counted at the next highest cutoff of either 15
minutes or 30 minutes.
- Visitation will be on a first come basis, upon completion of the allotted visiting time all remaining visitors
will have to wait until the next week for visitation.
- Two immediate family members may visit during one 15 minute visit, provided space is available.
- In cases where a relative and a friend arrive at the same time, the relative will be given preference.
- Any person on a visitation list that creates any problem with the staff may have their visitation rights
- Visitation may be extended from 15 minutes to 30 minutes of continuous time.
- Visitation shall not be split into separate 15 minute visits for the same visitor.
- One 15 minute visit per week is a right that shall only be revoked by an inmate violating a visiting rule.
Visitation may be reduced to 15 minutes per week as a disciplinary action.
- Persons under 17 years of age shall be accompanied by an adult with picture identification.
- Inmates may request a new visiting list on the first visiting day each month, between 6:30 AM and 7:30 AM. All
previous lists will be placed in the inmates master arrest file.
- Visitation between parties involving any known order of protection shall not be permitted.
- Visitors for inmates in the McDonough County Jail may leave the following listed items: Paper bound
books, paper bound crossword or word search books, puzzles in factory sealed boxes, Cashier’s Check,
Money Order, Certified Check issued by a bank and cash. Any exceptions to this rule shall be obtained
from the Jail Sergeant, Chief Deputy or Sheriff prior to the visiting day.
- Clergy from organizations other than the Vineyard or Jail Ministries for Jesus shall be allowed to visit on
scheduled visiting days. Such visits shall be conducted in the inmate visiting room, provided the name of
the minister visiting is on the inmates authorized visiting list. Clergy visits do not count as time against
authorized visiting for family and friends but should not exceed one hour. All clergy shall be required to
provide identification of affiliation before being allowed to visit inmates.
Court Security is responsible for the security of the Courthouse, courtrooms, and transportation of inmates from the Jail to court.
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.
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.
Deputy Cremer and 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.
Deputy Pilat and K-9 Kilo
Prior to Kilo, the Sheriff's Office K-9 was "Dutchess". She is a 7-yr old black lab and is retired now and lives with her former handler Lt. Lundgren. Duchess was on the road for five years and participated with many local and federal agencies as well as shipping companies interdicting drugs in our counties mail and roadway. Duchess had over one hundred confirmed drug seizures with one being over six pounds of cannabis.
Retired K-9 Dutchess
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.
The Civil Process section processes legal filings by attorneys, private citizens, and the Court. Civil Process may be contacted at 309-833-2633, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m.-12 noon and 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Correspondence may be sent to:
McDonough County Sheriff's Office
110 S. McArthur St.
Macomb, IL 61455
Dive Rescue Team
The Dive Rescue Team was founded in 1972 by the late Sheriff John Bliven, and the Late Mr. Robert Clow. Sheriff Bliven was well known as a tenacious and thorough investigator. Bob Clow was an instructor at Western Illinois University, nationally known gymnastics coach, and one of the founding members of the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (P.A.D.I.). Together, they saw the need for a specialized group of divers to fulfill the needs of the Law Enforcement Community.
Originally called the Underwater Rescue Team. In those early years, Bob Clow was the team, supplying divers and equipment as the need arose.
At that time, the team was strictly a reaction team, only able to respond after the personnel and equipment had been located.
Today, the Dive Rescue Team is an all volunteer rescue group, under the direction of the McDonough County Sheriff's Department. The team consists of a core group of experienced emergency services people from the Sheriff's Department, Macomb Police Department, Western Illinois University Police, Macomb Fire Department, and other Police, Fire, and Emergency Services.
Other Dive Rescue Team members are from the local community, or are Western Illinois University students. All team members share a common interest in community service, providing emergency services, and enthusiasm for Dive Rescue and underwater recovery work. All team members are volunteers. No one receives any pay for their personal time spent.
The Dive Rescue Team is a non-profit, non tax budgeted organization. The team relies entirely on donations, grants, and contributions from communities, service organizations, groups, and most importantly, concerned individuals.
Originally, the team was strictly a reactive group, only doing underwater recoveries. Today, the Dive Rescue Team is a rescue response group, able to respond and have a diver in the water anywhere in McDonough County, with in 30 minutes.
The Dive Rescue Team is an important education provider in the field of Dive Rescue and water rescue related subjects. The team has given presentations and classes on topics such as: Dive Rescue, Cold Water Near Drowning, Swift Water Rescues, Ice Rescues, Emergency Response to Water Related Accidents, Underwater Recovery, Working with a Dive Team, and other remote area Search and Rescue topics.
The Dive Rescue Team has provided training to over 100 regional Emergency Services, Rescue, Police, Fire Departments, and other First Response organizations.
The Dive Rescue Team is not strictly limited to McDonough County. The team is available to any Law Enforcement or Rescue agency that requests the services of the team. The Dive Rescue Team has performed dives and rescue responses in McDonough, Fulton, Schuyler, Mason, Cass, Brown, Adams, Hancock, Henderson, Mercer, Knox and Warren counties in Illinois, Des Moines and Lee counties in Iowa, as well as dives for the Illinois and Iowa State Police.
If you have any further questions about the McDonough County Sheriff's Office Dive Rescue Team, or would like to have the team give a presentation or instruction to your organization or group, please feel free to contact us at any time.
Senior Citizen Police Academy
The McDonough County Sheriffs Office Senior Citizen Police Academy was implemented in 1996 under then Sheriff Stan Carman. In order to reach out to the community in which we serve a need was seen to work with our senior citizens. The Sheriffs Office recognized that our senior citizens are a viable source of information and essential to our commitment of community policing.
The McDonough County Sheriffs Office Senior Citizen Police Academy is free and open to any area senior citizen. The Academy generally runs for six to eight weeks, meeting once a week for approximately ninety minutes. The Academy itinerary is chosen from our senior citizens who express interest in learning about issues related to their daily concerns. Local, state, federal and private sector experts are then contacted to present a program on the given topic or concern.
One goal of the Academy is to build a bridge between our senior citizens and law enforcement in general. The Academy is geared toward education and information for senior citizens.
At this time an Academy is being planned for mid to late summer. Any person wishing to contact the Sheriffs Office regarding a presentation or program to senior citizens is strongly encouraged to do so.