(KMOV) – Police in the Metro-East are planning more in-depth investigations into child deaths and injuries by forming a task force that will work a lot like the Major Case Squad.
Wednesday morning, more than 100 police detectives, coroners and Department of Child and Family Services case workers will in Collinsville for training. They will be part of a team designed to come together and investigate children’s deaths and injuries in the Metro-East.
Whenever a child is seriously injured or dies, police call DCFS and they will mobilize the task force. The task force will also help pay for autopsies and expert witnesses, taking the financial burden off of smaller departments.
The plan is to have the task force fully up and running in two months. The Illinois legislature signed off on $216,000 to start up the program. Next year, the legislature will have to decide whether it works and whether to fund it again.