The Patrol Division of McHenry County Sheriff’s Office is made up of patrol deputies and specialized units. Deputies are responsible for patrolling all unincorporated areas of the county as well as responding to calls for service. Specialized units allow for more specific approaches to fighting crime and community relations in the county. Our deputies are assigned to one of three different shifts, ensuring the county is monitored 24/7, 365 days a year.
K9 Deuce is a German Shepherd who joined the Sheriff’s Office in 2017 and is assigned to the Patrol Division.
Deuce is certified in narcotics detection, tracking, criminal apprehension, handler protection, and area and building searches. While not working with patrol deputies, Deuce enjoys assisting narcotics detectives and the apprehension unit when needed. Deuce is always energetic and loves to play!
K9 Jett is a German Shepherd who joined the Sheriff’s Office in 2020. Jett is assigned to the Patrol Division but enjoys assisting all divisions.
Some of Jett’s current training includes tracking, article searches, building searches, narcotics detection, and criminal apprehension. When Jett is not on duty, his favorite activity is playing ball.
The Marine Unit is responsible for promoting the safe use of McHenry County’s portion of the Fox River and Chain O’Lakes. The unit operates five boats, which are fully equipped to respond to water-related emergencies and assist local fire departments’ water rescue teams. The Marine Unit is active from May through October each year when the waterways are most active.
The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office patrols with 3 Harley Davidson Electra Glide motorcycles. They are utilized for responding to calls for service, traffic patrol, and responding to off-road areas. Their use also allows for Sheriff’s deputies to engage with the community through parades, dignitary escorts, and motorcycle ride benefits. Each motor officer is required to pass an 80 hour course which develops each officer’s riding ability through maneuvers, high-speed braking, and evasive tactics.
The Sheriff’s Office currently operates five snowmobiles to regularly patrol and enforce snowmobile laws along the many miles of trails in unincorporated McHenry County. The snowmobiles are also used to reach inaccessible areas when responding to winter emergencies such as injured skiers, snowmobile accidents, or lost/injured hunters. The deputies of the unit also instruct snowmobile safety courses during the winter season.
Our Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) is a multi-jurisdictional unit dealing with high-risk situations outside the realm of normal police operations. Possible situations include barricaded gunmen, hostage rescue, active shooters, and high-risk search/arrest warrants.
Specially selected members receive training in advanced tactics, planning, and the use of specialized equipment. The primary goal of the SWAT team is a peaceful resolution with the preservation of life.
Major Crash Investigation Unit
The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office utilizes an on-call team to investigate and take enforcement action on serious injury and fatal traffic crashes. Members of the MCIU specialize in the documentation, preservation, and reconstruction of traffic crash evidence. With the assistance of high-tech tools like drones and reconstruction programs, deputies work to gather information about various crashes. Members further specialize in enforcement of DUI laws and procedure.