In December of 2009, a DeKalb police sergeant completed an 80 hour training course in Marijuana Leaf Identification. The course, offered by the Illinois Department of State Police Division of Forensic Services, is certified by the Illinois Local Government Law Enforcement Officer’s Training Board. The training is the same as that given to State Forensic Scientists with regards to examining leafy material and identifying it as cannabis.
The department began testing submissions, exclusively from the DeKalb Police. The lab services have been extended to our neighboring police departments - Sycamore, Cortland, Sandwich and the Sheriff's Office.
The DeKalb Police Department is also eligible for any laboratory testing fees imposed on persons found guilty of associated criminal charges.
In July 2016 the Illinois Cannabis law changed making it unnecessary to submit less than 10 grams of suspected cannabis to a laboratory. As a result, there has been a significant decrease in lab submissions as compared to previous years.