Community Relations/Crime Prevention

The Elgin Police Department is dedicated to the community oriented policing philosophy. The success of the department’s crime prevention strategies depends upon all personnel working together in partnership with the community. The unit oversees an array of community programs to include the Citizens Police Academy (CPA), Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (CPAAA), Family Finder Program, Senior Safety Presentations, Senior Citizens Police Academy (SCPA), and various safety presentations as they are requested. One of the longest standing programs is Neighborhood Watch; this program is described below. To learn more about our other programs, click on the links located at the left side of this website page. The Community Relations / Crime Prevention Specialists are ready to help you get involved!
View brochures provided by Crime Prevention.

View safety information from the Office of Emergency Management.

National Night Out Registration Information:

Check back in 2020 for more information!

STREET CLOSURE INFORMATION: Don’t forget, if you want to close your street, you must obtain a special events permit:

Download block party/street closure application

Download information guide

Questions about permits should be directed to Kate O’Leary: 847-931–6770 or email The $10 fee is waived for National Night Out parties. A 30-day notice for processing is requested. Barricades are available at  A-Z rental and street closures are only allowed until dusk. 

Download the Ring app

Neighborhood Watch Groups

Elgin has 140 Neighborhood Watch Groups. Neighborhood Watch Groups are the eyes and the ears of the community.  All groups have a Block Captain.  Block Captains, along with neighbors, are encouraged to become actively involved in crime prevention efforts, as well as the important process of information exchange between neighbors and the police department.  Block Captains receive periodic newsletters providing crime tips and updates; click here to view issues that were released.

Beginning in 2020, the first Tuesday of the even-numbered months at 7:00 p.m., the police department hosts a meeting for Block Captains.  The meetings are held in the Training Room, which is located on the second floor of the police department.  

Neighborhood Watch Meeting Dates

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

This training helps residents to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in our community. The course includes hands-on exercises, tabletop disaster scenarios, disaster preparedness overview, light search and rescue and basic disaster first aid. At the conclusion of the course, residents will feel prepared and confident in their ability to take care of their family and neighborhood following an unexpected disaster. Classes are hosted at the police department in our Training Room. For more information, click hereContact Karen Flanagan with any questions.


Senior Services

Crime Prevention Specialist Cherie Aschenbrenner is highly involved with our senior community and has a vast knowledge of resources available to them. If you need help with a senior issue, give Cherie a call. 

For more information about EPD's senior services, click here