Special Services

Special Services Division

The Special Services Division encompasses many different aspects of the Sheriff’s Office, from training to media relations, all handled by both sworn and civilian employees.

Special Services

Training

The Training Division is dedicated to offering the highest-quality training available to all Sheriff’s Office employees. A wide range of training programs are offered both in-house and off-site, covering everything from job-specific knowledge to career development and leadership skills.

The Sheriff’s Office is proud to have their own outdoor range used for all firearms training, as well as a new training facility in development located in Cary. The new training facility will be home to classrooms, an indoor range, a controlled tactics room, and more.

The Training Division is also responsible for facilitating and instructing an in-house academy for all patrol and corrections recruits. All recruits are required to successfully complete a field training program upon hiring.

Media Relations

The Sheriff’s Office Media Relations team consists of sworn and civilian employees working as Public Information Officers. It is their responsibility to share serious, newsworthy information with media outlets via press releases, social media posts, or statements. 

If you are a media outlet with an inquiry, please email sheriffsmedia@mchenrycountyil.gov with any questions. 

Officer Kelly with K9 Jett

Community Relations

The Community Relations Division serves as a proactive approach to crime prevention and education for our community. They are responsible for all MCSO-featured events including National Night Out, the McHenry County Fair, and our Open House. You can also find team members giving tours at the Sheriff’s Office, visiting local schools, and handing out swag at community events.

Don’t hesitate to contact the Community Relations Division for any sort of educational opportunity.

Community presentations

Throughout the year, the Sheriff’s Office hosts demonstrations and presentations on various police-related topics. In an effort to educate and keep our community safe, we are able to provide informational presentations on topics, such as:

  • Residential Safety
  • Senior Safety
  • Stranger Danger Education
  • Vacation House Checks
  • Workplace Violence
  • What is it Like to be a Police Officer?
  • Drug & Gang Awareness/Prevention
  • Home & Business Security
  • Identity Theft
  • Internet Safety
  • Neighborhood Watch
  • Personal Safety Tips
Child Fingerprinting event

CHILD FINGERPRINTING ID SYSTEM

Our electronic fingerprinting identification system scans and prints a record of your child’s ten fingerprints and photos. We provide this system at community events, such as the McHenry County Fair and the annual Children’s’ Health & Safety Fair at McHenry County College. Please contact Community Relations to request the Child Fingerprinting ID System for your event.

Shop with a cop

Shop with a cop

In part with McHenry County Police Charities and other local departments, our deputies take groups of underprivileged children from McHenry County to local stores where they are given $200 each to spend on gifts they may not have otherwise received. Each child also receives a coat and any winter gear they may need. We believe it is important for each child to know they are deserving of such gifts as well as to develop the relationship between police officers and the community.

Printable Coloring Book
Your Sheriff is Your Friend

Learn about the sheriff’s role in your community with this educational coloring and activity book for ages 3+