The McHenry County Conservation District Police Department has come a long way from it’s beginning (for more on the history of the Police Department, click here). MCCD Police Officers enforce a wide range of laws and have full arrest authority. These laws include Illinois State Criminal and Vehicle Laws. Officers also enforce the MCCD Ordinance Laws, such as walking off trail and checking for appropriate permits. Officers also enforce the State Conservation Code, such as the fishing, hunting, boating and snowmobile laws. The MCCD Police department works hand in hand with other agencies, such as the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The MCCD Police Officer is specially trained to handle this variety of duties. To learn
McHenry County Conservation District Police Officers foot patrol District boundaries and remote areas for illegal activities. Priorities include, but are not limited to, locating marijuana fields, illegal hunting stands, ATV and snowmobile activity, and encroachments. Officers also use boats to patrol and check District boundaries on the Fox River and Elizabeth Lake.
McHenry County Conservation District Police Department’s main priority is to ensure a safe visit for all.
Over the years, the duties of a Conservation District Police Officer have expanded beyond basic patrol. Each year, Officers provide a wide variety of public educational programs, ranging from the IDNR Hunter Safety Classes to the Safe Kids Wear Lids bike safety program. Officers participate in community events, such as the annual Children’s Health and Safety Fair, National Night Out programs, and Shop with a Cop. Officers travel around to school groups, scout groups, and other community groups to speak on a wide range of topics. To have an Officer come speak to your group, call the Police Department at 815-338-6223, ext. 210.
The Police Department also operates three volunteer programs know as The Prairie Trail Safety Watch, Glacial Park Ski Patrol and S.W.E.E.P. (Safety Watch Education and Environmental Program).