The Special Operations Unit is comprised of 1 Sergeant and 3 Tactical Officers working in a plain clothes capacity. The unit works closely with the Investigations Unit and the Patrol Division.
The primary goal of the Special Operations Unit is gang enforcement, but they also work to curtail drug activity, enforce liquor and tobacco laws, as well as state statutes and local ordinances in a proactive approach to reducing crime within the Village of Wheeling. The unit is also responsible for the collection and dissemination of gang information throughout the department, the control of confidential informants and the seizure program. The Tactical Officers maintain a liaison with other police agencies, the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department, the Cook County State Attorney’s Office, the Illinois State Police and federal agencies such as ICE, ATF and the DEA.
In 2014, the Special Operations Unit made 109 total arrests including 19 felony arrests. The unit handled 12 firearm-related incidents, seized over 100 grams of cannabis, 4 grams of cocaine and seized $6,206 in drug related offenses.