The Juvenile Investigations Unit is comprised of 1 Detective Sergeant, 12 Detectives. There are two primary operational shifts: 7 am – 3 pm and 2 pm – 10 pm. Four Detectives within the Juvenile Investigations Unit are assigned predominantly to the Decatur Public School System and work hours that correlate with the school day. All Detectives in the Juvenile Unit are subject to call-in for major crimes. Of those cases, the majority are criminal cases or child protective and child exploitation investigations. Included in these investigations are child death scenes, adult and child missing person cases.
Detectives assigned to the Juvenile Investigations Unit deal with unique situations ranging from criminal investigations with both adult and juvenile offenders, status offenses, ordinance violations and social issues. The types of criminal offenses investigated by Detectives in the Juvenile Investigations Unit include Homicide, Sexual Assaults, Robbery, Aggravated Battery, Burglary, Arson, Theft, Assault and Weapons Offenses. The Unit also has Detectives that have been nationally trained and specialize in forensic examinations of computers, cellular phones and digital media, as well as specializing in the area of Internet Online Sexual Predator Enforcement.
Juvenile Detectives work with numerous outside Law Enforcement Agencies and Social Agencies such as; Department of Children & Family Services, Macon County Child Advocacy, United States Department of Homeland Security – Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Illinois Crimes Against Children (ICAC), United States Postal Inspectors, U.S. Marshals Service – Great Lakes Regional Violent Fugitive Task Force and serve on several committees that review social and criminal issues regarding youth in the City of Decatur.
If you have any information regarding a Juvenile Investigation please contact the Juvenile Investigations Unit at 217-424-2738 or via Crime Stoppers
How to “Text” your tips to Crime Stoppers:
Crime Stoppers is introducing its newest method of receiving tips from the community. You can now send a “Text Message” to Crime Stoppers. You simply text your tip to 274637 (CRIMES) and type “DPD333” at the beginning of your message followed by your tip information. When you send the text message you will receive an auto reply giving you your code number and a brief message. The Police Coordinator will only receive your code number and information that you provided. You can add additional information to a case by sending another text message. Please note that this tip submission method is not monitored 24 hours a day. If your tip requires immediate attention, please call 217-423-8477 (TIPS) or contact the Central Illinois Regional Dispatch Center at 217-424-1078.