(725 ILCS 210/7.06)
(from Ch. 14, par. 207.06)
(a) The Director may contract for or employ part-time such investigators to
investigative services in criminal cases and tax objection cases for staff
counsel and county state's attorneys. Investigators may be authorized by
the board to carry tear gas gun projectors or bombs, pistols, revolvers,
stun guns, tasers or other firearms.
Subject to the qualifications set forth below, investigators shall be
peace officers and shall have all the powers possessed by policemen in
cities and by sheriffs; provided, that investigators shall exercise such
powers anywhere in the State only after contact and in cooperation with the
appropriate local law enforcement agencies, unless the contact and cooperation would compromise an investigation in which they have a personal involvement.
No investigator shall have peace officer status or exercise police powers
unless he or she successfully completes the basic police training course
mandated and approved by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards
Board or such board waives the training requirement by reason of the
investigator's prior law enforcement experience or training or both.
The board shall not waive the training requirement unless the
investigator has had a minimum of 5 years experience as a sworn officer of
a local, state or federal law enforcement agency, 2 of which shall have
been in an investigatory capacity.
(b) The Director must authorize to each investigator contracted or employed under this
to any other employee of the Office exercising the powers of a peace officer a
badge that, on its face, (i) clearly states that the badge is authorized by the
Office and (ii)
unique identifying number.
No other badge shall be authorized by
the Office. Nothing in this subsection prohibits the Director from issuing shields or other distinctive identification to employees not exercising the powers of a peace officer if the Director determines that a shield or distinctive identification is necessary for the employee to carry out his or her duties and responsibilities.
(Source: P.A. 99-208, eff. 7-30-15.)