(625 ILCS 5/2-116) (from Ch. 95 1/2, par. 2-116)
    Sec. 2-116. Secretary of State Department of Police.
    (a) The Secretary of State and the officers, inspectors, and investigators appointed by him shall cooperate with the State Police and the sheriffs and police in enforcing the laws regulating the operation of vehicles and the use of the highways.
    (b) The Secretary of State may provide training and education for members of his office in traffic regulation, the promotion of traffic safety and the enforcement of laws vested in the Secretary of State for administration and enforcement regulating the operation of vehicles and the use of the highways.
    (c) The Secretary of State may provide distinctive uniforms and badges for officers, inspectors and investigators employed in the administration of laws relating to the operation of vehicles and the use of the highways and vesting the administration and enforcement of such laws in the Secretary of State.
    (c-5) The Director of the Secretary of State Department of Police shall establish a program to allow a Secretary of State Police officer, inspector, or investigator who is honorably retiring in good standing to purchase either one or both of the following: (1) any Secretary of State Department of Police badge previously issued to that officer, inspector, or investigator; or (2) if the officer, inspector, or investigator has a currently valid Firearm Owner's Identification Card, the service firearm issued or previously issued to the officer, inspector, or investigator by the Secretary of State Department of Police. The cost of the firearm shall be the replacement value of the firearm and not the firearm's fair market value.
    (d) The Secretary of State Department of Police is authorized to:
        (1) investigate the origins, activities, persons, and
    
incidents of crime and the ways and means, if any, to redress the victims of crimes, and study the impact, if any, of legislation relative to the criminal laws of this State related thereto and conduct any other investigations as may be provided by law;
        (2) employ skilled experts, technicians,
    
investigators, special agents, or otherwise specially qualified persons to aid in preventing or detecting crime, apprehending criminals, or preparing and presenting evidence of violations of the criminal laws of the State;
        (3) cooperate with the police of cities, villages,
    
and incorporated towns, and with the police officers of any county, in enforcing the laws of the State and in making arrests;
        (4) provide, as may be required by law, assistance to
    
local law enforcement agencies through training, management, and consultant services for local law enforcement agencies, pertaining to law enforcement activities;
        (5) exercise the rights, powers, and duties which
    
have been vested in it by the Secretary of State Act and this Code; and
        (6) enforce and administer any other laws in relation
    
to law enforcement as may be vested in the Secretary of State Department of Police.
    Persons within the Secretary of State Department of Police who exercise these powers are conservators of the peace and have all the powers possessed by policemen in municipalities and sheriffs, and may exercise these powers anywhere in the State in cooperation with local law enforcement officials. These persons may use false or fictitious names in the performance of their duties under this Section, upon approval of the Director of Police-Secretary of State, and shall not be subject to prosecution under the criminal laws for that use.
    (e) The Secretary of State Department of Police may charge, collect, and receive fees or moneys equivalent to the cost of providing its personnel, equipment, and services to governmental agencies when explicitly requested by a governmental agency and according to an intergovernmental agreement or memorandums of understanding as provided by this Section, including but not limited to fees or moneys equivalent to the cost of providing training to other governmental agencies on terms and conditions that in the judgment of the Director of Police-Secretary of State are in the best interest of the Secretary of State. All fees received by the Secretary of State Police Department under this Act shall be deposited in a special fund in the State Treasury to be known as the Secretary of State Police Services Fund. The money deposited in the Secretary of State Police Services Fund shall be appropriated to the Secretary of State Department of Police as provided for in subsection (g).
    (f) The Secretary of State Department of Police may apply for grants or contracts and receive, expend, allocate, or disburse moneys made available by public or private entities, including, but not limited to, contracts, bequests, grants, or receiving equipment from corporations, foundations, or public or private institutions of higher learning.
    (g) The Secretary of State Police Services Fund is hereby created as a special fund in the State Treasury. All moneys received under this Section by the Secretary of State Department of Police shall be deposited into the Secretary of State Police Services Fund to be appropriated to the Secretary of State Department of Police for purposes as indicated by the grantor or contractor or, in the case of moneys bequeathed or granted for no specific purpose, for any purpose as deemed appropriate by the Director of Police-Secretary of State in administering the responsibilities of the Secretary of State Department of Police.
(Source: P.A. 100-931, eff. 8-17-18.)