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Collaborating to Fight Drug Crime: Profile of the East Central Illinois Task Force

NCJ Number
Sharyn Adams; Kimberly Burke; Jessica Reichert; Gregory Stevens
Date Published
December 2012
48 pages
This report provides information on the East Central Illinois Task Force.
This report from the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority provides information on the work of the East Central Illinois Task Force (ECITF). The State of Illinois has two types of drug task forces: metropolitan enforcement groups (MEGs) and multi-jurisdictional drug task forces. The ECITF belongs to the latter group of drug task forces and covers Coles, Douglas, and Moultrie counties. In 2010, 10 local police agencies participated in the task force and 10 officers were assigned to it. Between 2007 and 2011, the ECITF received an average of $139,000 in Federal funds to support its operations. These funds pay for personnel, equipment, commodities, travel, vehicle maintenance, and communications. Highlights from this report on the work of the ECITF include the following: between 2000 and 2009, the drug arrest rate in the three counties of the ECITF ranged from 560 arrests per 100,000 to 585 arrests per 100,000; drug arrests by ECITF and non-ECITF personnel for cannabis and controlled substances decreased between 2002 and 2011; in 2011, 82 percent of felony drug arrests were made by ECITF personnel, and 66 percent of the drug arrests by ECITF were for violations of the Controlled Substance Act; in 2011, 85 percent of the cannabis arrests made by ECITF were felony arrests; and between 2002 and 2011, the number of drug delivery arrests made by ECITF increased from 68 to 137. Additional information is provided on drug seizures for cannabis, controlled substance arrests, trends in prosecutions for drug offenses and all felonies, drug offender sentencing trends, and survey of MEGs and task forces. Tables, figures, references, and appendixes