Major Case Assistance Team
The Major Case Assistance Team is a multi-jurisdictional organization that provides investigative and forensic assistance to member agencies during investigations of homicides, kidnappings and other major crimes. MCAT is presently comprised of 22 police agencies from the northwest suburbs. The team itself is comprised of seasoned investigators from the various departments.
When MCAT is activated by a member agency, investigators respond to the requesting police agency and work in tandem with the host agencies detectives. MCAT investigators can be required to perform any task in the investigative process to include canvassing neighborhoods, interviewing witnesses and suspects, providing technical support and conducting forensic duties including the collection of evidence. Following the investigation, detectives return to their own departments.
The benefits to the communities from MCAT include providing seasoned investigators to major case investigations and helping to lesson the cost of a major investigation to one department by spreading the responsibility among every member agency.