The Effingham County Sheriff’s Office has announced that they will be joining the Southeastern Illinois Drug Task Force (SEIDTF). Beginning with the first of the year a Sheriff’s Deputy will be assigned to the Task Force on a full time basis.
The SEIDTF was formed in 1989 and covers approximately 2031 square miles of central and southeastern Illinois. The Task Force provides law enforcement agencies with an organized approach to address street level drug trafficking. The union formed by the participating agencies is designed to improve communication between those agencies and enhance their ability to carry on more effective and efficient drug investigations in their jurisdictions. Additionally, the Task Force allows the Sheriff’s Office to conduct a more comprehensive approach to drug enforcement.
“It has been one of my goals since taking office, a year ago, to assign one of our Deputies to the Drug Task Force,” Sheriff Mahon said. “I truly believe one of the best ways to combat this heroin problem in our community is through a joint effort from all law enforcement agencies, coupled with the cooperation of the general public.” ” This will allow our Office to draw on more of the resources of the Illinois State Police and the Drug Task Force,” he continued.
At the recent Effingham County Board meeting Sheriff Mahon thanked the Board for their work with the Sheriff’s Office to allow a deputy to be appointed to the Task Force.
Sheriff Mahon has not made announcement regarding who will be appointed.