In 1987, The Perry County Drug Task Force was the formed. The individuals responsible for its inception was Perry County Sheriff Sam Hiller, Perry State’s Attorney Gene Gross and Chief Thomas Denton with the Pinckneyville City Police Department. It was not until 1989, that the Du Quoin City Police Department joined at the direction of Chief Kenneth Dement. This Task Force is a multi-agency unit comprised of representatives from all three law enforcement agencies in Perry County. The Deputies from Perry County work alongside officers from Du Quoin City Police Department and Pinckneyville Police Department. The purpose of the Perry County Drug Task force is to stop drug trafficking within this county and surrounding counties. This Task Force has progressed over the years in to a major investigations unit investigating such cases as; Murders, Sex Assault cases, Child Abuse cases, Burglaries, etc. The collective efforts from all three agencies along with the Perry County State’s Attorney’s Office make a very strong law enforcement presence and a superior based investigative group for Perry County. The working relationship this Task Force has developed over the years with federal agencies such as ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco, and Fire Arms Unit), FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigations), Secrete Service and much more, has been a strong asset to this county and its citizens.