which agency—drug task force or local police—made the arrest (Olson, 2004). Drug crimes may
be over-reported when more than one department reports the same arrest or may be under-reported
or never reported (Olson, 2004).
Drug task force profiles
Periodically, the ICJIA profiles Illinois MEGs and task forces to provide a general overview of
the drug crime problems in the various jurisdictions and share responses to these problems.
These profiles can provide information to MEG and task force directors and policy board
members to guide decision-making and the allocation of resources. All current and previous
profiles can be accessed on the ICJIA’s website: http://www.icjia.state.il.us.
This profile focuses on the DuPage County Metropolitan Enforcement Group (DUMEG), which
covers DuPage County with an estimated total population of 932,541 in 2010. In 2011, 23 local
police agencies participated in DUMEG. These agencies served more than two-thirds, or 69
percent, of the population in DuPage County. A participating agency is defined as one that
contributes either personnel or financial resources to the task force. Twelve officers and one
State’s Attorney Inspector were assigned to DUMEG in 2011, nine of the officers were assigned
by participating agencies and three from the Illinois State Police (ISP).These officers are
dedicated full-time to the task force and work out of a central task force office.
ICJIA-funded drug task forces
ICJIA is designated as the State Administering Agency of many federal funds including Edward
Byrne Justice Assistance Grants which fund MEGs and task forces. For more than 20 years the
Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) has been awarding federal funding to
local law enforcement agencies to support drug task forces. Federal grants awarded to drug task
forces pay for personnel, equipment, commodities, travel, vehicle maintenance, and
communications. In 2011, the ICJIA funded 19 of 22 multi-jurisdictional drug task forces in
Illinois (Map 1). The three other drug task forces receive the majority of their funding through
the Illinois State Police.
Table 1 indicates the amount of federal funds allocated by the ICJIA to DUMEG from federal
fiscal year (FFY) 2007 to 2011. During the past five FFYs, the award amount has remained
relatively stable at approximately $145,625.
DUMEG grant totals
Federal fiscal year Grant Amount
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