Smoke Detectors to be Distributed to Local Area Residents

The Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will join with the American Red Cross and local area Fire Departments to distribute free smoke detectors to local area residents.  The smoke detectors were obtained by the American Red Cross.

“The American Red Cross and our CERTS team have joined with our local fire professionals to undertake a proactive project…

Rash of Scams Reported Throughout Kankakee County

The Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office warns area residents of numerous scams that were recently reported throughout Kankakee County, which includes both incorporated and unincorporated areas.  As in years past, the Sheriff’s Office has received several reports as the warmer weather sets in and as tax season in in full swing.  Sheriff’s Investigators warn county residents to be on t…

Multijurisdictional Investigation Leads to Child Pornography Arrest

Over the last several months, several police agencies joined together on a Child Pornography investigation that has resulted in the arrest of 44 year-old, Brian E. Miller, on Monday, February 29, 2016.

The investigation was initiated by the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office High Tech Crimes Unit after they had identified a prolific Internet child pornography offender “geo-locating”…

Sheriff’s Office Hosts Blood Drive

The Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office partnered with the American Red Cross yesterday, February 25th, to host a Blood Drive. The American Red Cross received over 30 units of blood from those willing to volunteer their blood.
“We were absolutely amazed at the overwhelming turnout,” stated Undersheriff Mike Downey. “The fact that officers and other staff members were willing to take tim…

Sheriff’s Office is Urging the Public to Limit Their Travel in Kankakee County

The Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office has taken preventative measures to prepare for today’s/tonight’s storm.  The following areas are being considered warming centers during the storm:

*Pembroke Senior Citizen Center
*Kankakee (all Public Safety Centers), the Kankakee Library & the Kankakee City Hall
*Bradley’s Northfield Square Mall
*Bourbonnais Community Center

Arrest Made in Burglary to Kankakee County Sheriff’s Police Squad Car

On Wednesday, January 6, 2016, a Sheriff’s Deputy’s Squad car was broken into and a Patrol Squad Rifle and bullet proof vest were stolen from it.  After over a month-long investigation by Kankakee City Police a suspect was identified.  On February 13, 2016, a 17 year-old male juvenile was arrested and charged with the burglary to the squad car and weapons offenses by the Kankakee City…

Fugitive Wanted for Criminal Sexual Assault Apprehended in Pembroke Township

KANKAKEE, IL – Kankakee County Sheriff’s Deputies assisted the United States Marshal’s Service Task Force and Kankakee Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group (KAMEG) agents earlier this morning in Pembroke Township. Agents worked together in an effort to apprehend a fugitive that was wanted for Criminal Sexual Assault.  Willie E Nichols Jr, (42 YOA) of Pembroke Township, was taken into…

Clarification of Sheriff Vacancy


To clarify some of the confusion that has surrounded the personnel changes that were discussed yesterday by Sheriff Bukowski, I thought it would be best to explain the situation to put all rumors to bed. 

According to Illinois State Law (10 ILCS 5/25-11), “when a vacancy occurs in any elective county office….where more than 28 months remain in the term, the appointment shall serve t…

Sheriff Bukowski Announces Retirement

Kankakee, IL – Thirty years ago I entered the political arena aspiring to win a primary race for the office of Kankakee County Sheriff … where I finished fourth in a three man race.  Five years later Sheriff Bernie Thompson appointed me to an administrative position within the sheriff’s office and in 1994 Thompson appointed me to the position of undersheriff.

And in December 1996, at t…

Sheriff Bukowski Plans Press Conference

Sheriff Tim Bukowski will hold a press conference tomorrow, February 4, 2016, at 10:30am. The press conference will be held in the Media room of the Sheriff’s Complex located at 3000 S. Justice Way Kankakee.

The topic of the press conference will be personnel changes in the Sheriff’s…

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