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Feds Helping Southern Illinois Power Catch Vandals

July 30, 2010
CONTACT: Loretta at (618) 964-1448 ext 203

News.....The Federal Bureau of Investigation has joined the investigation to identify the vandals who cut down power poles and attacked a power substation owned by Southern Illinois Power Cooperative in early July.

"We are pleased to announce that the FBI is now leading the investigation into the vandalism and is committed to bringing the responsible parties to justice", said Scott Ramsey, President and General Manager of Southern Illinois Power Cooperative.

"Southern Illinois Power Co-op went to extraordinary lengths by hiring our own private investigation agency - Tactical Investigations, LLC - to learn what happened to our equipment. The FBI will be conducting a separate investigation into the matter. We are optimistic that justice will be served and we look forward to the arrest of the persons responsible," added Ramsey.

John Brewster, SIPC's attorney, said the vandalism violated U.S. code 18, part 1, chapter 65, section 1366, which addresses destruction of an energy facility.

Brewster said the statute calls for violators who knowingly and willfully damage or attempt to damage the property of an energy facility can be sentenced to five years imprisonment if the damage exceeds $5,000 and 20 years if the damage exceeds $100,000.

"We believe this is a public safety issue - seniors and those with health issues simply cannot afford power outrages due to criminal acts. We will catch those responsible and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law," concluded Ramsey.

M'boro hires P.I. firm in cop complaint
Wednesday, March 11, 2009

MURPHYSBORO - The city council approved hiring a Carbondale private investigation firm, Tactical Investigation LLC, to look into a recent vote of no confidence regarding police Deputy Chief Tim Legere.

The approval vote to retain the private investigators came Tuesday during a regular council meeting based on the recommendation of Mayor Ron Williams.

"We are attempting not to do anything more than resolve what was handed to us," Williams told council members.

City council members had agreed during a Feb. 23 personnel committee meeting that a third party was needed to investigate the issue. The mayor said council members want to find out why a vote among law enforcement officers represented by the Teamsters was called in the first place.

Williams said after the meeting he is meeting with the company's representatives today. The work will begin immediately. Retired Pinckneyville Police Chief Tom Denton owns the firm. He charges $65 per hour. The total cost of the firm's investigation is estimated to cost Murphysboro from $5,000 to $7,000. Council member Vicki Ardrey said it was unfortunate the city had to spend money over a situation that came to the council's attention during its February meeting.

"We are spending money we don't have," Ardrey said.

During a Feb. 10 regular city council meeting, union chapter President Terry Rawson approached the council to tell members he had been ordered by a vote of the Teamsters Union employees who work for Murphysboro law enforcement to tell city government that the employees had conducted a no-confidence vote regarding Legere's performance as deputy chief.

The vote conducted in December, resulted in three abstentions, two nays and 15 yeas, Rawson told the council.

Williams said the action was baffling because the council had never been notified through any official complaint or grievance about Legere's job performance and that Legere had never been reprimanded nor had disciplinary action been taken against him.


Only private investigative firm in Metro-East, Southern & Central Illinois to offer these specialized services

NOVEMBER 6, 2008
CONTACT: TOM DENTON: 618-534-4457

Edwardsville: Tactical Investigations became the first private investigative firm in Downstate Illinois to offer computer forensic investigation services with the addition of retired Illinois State Police computer investigator Shawn Patrick.

"We are excited to add Shawn to our team of experienced investigators. He is an exceptionally well trained computer investigator with many years of experience solving complicated IT & computer cases for the Illinois State Police," said Tom Denton, Chief of Detectives for Tactical Investigations. "The addition of Shawn is another example of the sophistication we seek to bring to our clients."

For 15 years Shawn Patrick worked with the Illinois State Police - including seven years as a computer forensics investigator - working on a variety of cases including child pornography, e-mail threats, hacker intrusions, murder, arson, Internet crimes against children, white collar crime, official miscount, political corruption and Medicaid fraud. Patrick also taught numerous courses at the Illinois State Police Academy on computer investigations. Patrick's credentials include being an EnCase Certified Examiner and holding the Certified Forensic Computer Examiner credential as conferred by the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists. He is also a Seized Computer Evidence Recovery Specialist. Patrick was awarded numerous citations and commendations from the Illinois State Police, FBI, United States Attorney and U.S Customs for his work on cases involving child pornography, political corruption, and official misconduct and fraud.

"Clearly, Shawn Patrick is a top-flight investigator and will provide a great service to our clients throughout Illinois," added Denton.

"I'm happy and excited to be joining Tactical Investigations' team of experienced investigators. I am prepared to bring my computer investigation skills to a wide variety of cases for business and personal/domestic cases. Computers and e-mail are ingrained in our culture and daily lives, so no investigation is complete without computer forensics," said Shawn Patrick.

Tactical Investigations was formed in 2004 by Tom Denton, a former Chief of Police. In Fall 2007, Tactical Investigations purchased the former Heartland Investigations. With offices in Edwardsville and Pinckneyville, Tactical Investigations provides sophisticated, full service, investigation services for clients throughout Illinois.
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Long time Pinckneyville Police Chief growing investigation firm

SEPTEMBER 18, 2008
CONTACT: TOM DENTON (618) 534-4457

Pinckneyville: Tactical Investigations, a new private detective agency, owned by retired Pinckneyville Police Chief Tom Denton, is taking over for Heartland Investigations, a long-time Southern Illinois detective agency based in Murphysboro and Benton. Heartland Investigations has been in business for over 20 years, and the current owner, Kevin Reagan, is closing the business to pursue other professional opportunities.

Heartland has over 200 law firms and businesses in its client database. Heartland's client list was recently purchased by Tactical Investigations to provide seamless transition of services to client.

In a September 1, 2007 letter to his clients, Reagan wrote, "Unfortunately, I write to inform you our business will be closing and not servicing any more accounts. I am pursuing other professional opportunities. However, I have made arrangements with Tactical Investigations, LLC of Carbondale, IL to continue servicing my loyal customers. I am confident your future needs will be met in a very professional manner by Tactical Investigations." (see attached for copy of letter).

"We are gratified in the confidence that Kevin Reagan has placed in our firm and we look forward to the opportunity to serve his clients," said Tom Denton, Managing Partner for Tactical Investigations.

Denton launched his investigative firm in 2005 and now has a number of clients in Southern Illinois, Metro-East, St. Louis, and Chicago. Denton and his staff of experienced detectives provide a wide variety of services to law firms and businesses, from sophisticated video surveillance, litigation support, database searches, and research to locating people, witness interviews, and process service.

"We have rapidly grown the firm over the last two years and now acquiring the Heartland database of clients will help us continue to grow. We are especially excited about growing in our own backyard here in Southern Illinois, and the Heartland list will help us achieve that goal," added Denton. "Our firm has seven investigators in Jackson, Perry, Randolph and Madison Counties, and St. Louis. This new list of clients will provide additional work and possibly allow us to hire more investigators."

Tactical Investigations, LLC is a fully licensed (IL License #117-001281) and insured private detective agency. The firm is staffed with experienced former FBI Sworn Special Federal officers assigned to Special Task Forces with the U.S. Dept of Justice. Denton served as an investigator specializing in electronic surveillance on an FBI Violent Crimes Initiative Task Force. Denton received a Public Service Award in recognition of meritorious service by the U.S. Department of Justice in 1995. Denton's work consisted of investigating organized criminal enterprises concentrating on large scale, drug trafficking, gangs and weapons.

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New Pinckneyville detective agency takes over for old one
A new private detective agency is taking over the clientele of the two-decade-old Heartland Investigations. Headed by retired Pinckneyville Police Chief Tom Denton, Tactical Investigations LLC was formed in 2005 and now has clients locally, in the Metro East, St. Louis and Chicago.
Heartland, owned by Kevin Reagan, served more than 200 law firms and businesses.

Reagan informed his clients he was closing down operations Sept. 1 in a letter. Reagan said he will be "pursuing other professional opportunities."

Denton said adding Heartland's clientele to Tactical Investigations should more than double the growth of his business.

"We have rapidly grown the firm over the last two years and now acquiring the Heartland database of clients will help us continue to grow," Denton said. "Our firm has seven investigators in Jackson, Perry, Randolph and Madison counties, and St. Louis. This new list of clients will provide additional work and possibly allow us to hire more investigators."