Holiday Safety Tips
If you are traveling:
- Get an automatic timer for your lights
- Ask a neighbor to watch your home, shovel snow and park in your driveway form time to time
- Have your mail and newspaper delivery stopped
- Request a Vacation Watch by the Park Ridge Police Department
If you are out for the evening:
- Turn on lights and a radio or TV so it looks like someone is home.
- Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave, even if it's just for a few minutes
- Do not display gifts where they can be seen from outside.
If you are shopping:
- Stay alert and be aware of what's going on around you
- Park in well-lit areas, and be sure to lock your car, close all windows and place shopping bags and other valuables in the trunk.
- Do not carry too many packages. Be extra careful with purses and wallets. Carry your purse close to your body and your wallet in your inside or front pockets.
- Avoid carrying large sums of cash. Try to pay with credit cards.
- Shopping with kids? Teach them to go to a store clerk or security guard if you get separated. Remind them to stay close to you at all times.
If a stranger comes to the door:
- It's not uncommon for people to try to take advantage of others generosity during the holidays by going door-to-door for charitable donations when there's no charity involved. Ask for identification and if you do not feel comfortable giving, Say NO.
Enjoy Holiday Parties, Choose a Designated Driver and
Never Drink and Drive!
No Hand-Held Cell Phone Use - Beginning January 1, 2014
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Toys for Tots 2013
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Concealed Carry Act
Beginning in 2014, legal gun owners who meet all the requirements set by the state will be allowed to carry weapons with them in the state of Illinois. Residents are asked to visit the Illinois State Police FAQ page at: http://www.isp.state.il.us/firearms/ccw/ccw-faq.cfm for more information.
Individuals licensed to carry a concealed firearm under the Firearm Concealed Carry Act are prohibited from carrying a firearm on, or into, any of the prohibited areas listed under Section 65 of the statute. Private property owners may also prohibit individuals from carrying a concealed firearm on, or into, property under their control.
Owners of any statutorily prohibited area or private property, excluding residences, where the owner prohibits the carrying of firearms must clearly and conspicuously post the Illinois State Police approved sign, in accordance with 430 ILCS 66/1, at the entrance of the building, premises or real property:
See Through the Eyes of a Park Ridge Police Officer
The Park Ridge Police Department will hold its Annual Citizens Police Academy beginning Thursday, April 3, 2014. This 10-week interactive program, which meets once a week on Thursdays from 7:00pm – 9:30pm at the Public Works Service Center, is designed to give citizens an in-depth view into the various areas of law enforcement. It is an educational and informative program that allows citizens the opportunity to learn about the issues that affect law enforcement efforts in the City of Park Ridge, and how to develop a partnership with the police department.
It is our hope that the participants become partners with us in identifying problems and solutions to the crime issues that are affecting our community. Community Oriented Policing plays an important and vital role in reducing crime in any community.The program format includes lecture-style presentations, as well as some hands-on experiences covering such topics as: History of the Department, Traffics Laws and Enforcement, DIU and Criminal Investigations, Court Process, Drugs and Gangs, Crime Scene Investigation, Community Policing, Firearms and more.The Citizens Police Academy is open to persons 21 years of age and older, who live or work in Park Ridge. Visit the Citizens Police Academy webpage to download and application for this free program. For additional information, contact Commander Jason Leavitt.
The Police Department is now offering FREE Child Passenger Safety Seat Inspections
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The Park Ridge Police Department will be participating in the Save A Star Drug Awareness Program. Beginning August 13, 2013, the Park Ridge Police Department will be a 24-hour medication take back site. Click below for more information.
The Park Ridge Police Department is seeking civic minded residents to work with us and to help keep our community safe. If you have a few extra hours a month and are interested in becoming involved, there are a number of great opportunities including: Citizen's Patrol, CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), Parent Patrol, Police Explorers (High School Students), police academies and more. If you are interested in any of these opportunities or would like additional information, please contact Community Strategies Officer Julie Genualdi at (847) 318-5233.
The Park Ridge Police Department is dedicated to providing excellent police service through positive community partnerships and collaborations with our citizens in order to reduce crime, create a safe environment, build trust, and enhance the quality of life in our community. In pursuit of this mission we endorse the following values: Honor, Integrity, Personal Accountability, and Professionalism.
Message from the Chief
Welcome to the Park Ridge Police Department website. As you explore our site, I hope you will get to know more about the department, its employees and our efforts to serve the Park Ridge community.
The department is committed to a policing philosophy called the PACT – Police And Community Together. Through this philosophy, we as members of the department value developing partnerships, fostering community engagement and working together to solve problems. I encourage you to become part of the PACT.
Two ways to become involved are the Citizens Police Academy and the Citizens Patrol. Both programs offer the opportunity for residents to connect with the police.
As your Police Chief and a 30-year resident, I can affirm that Park Ridge is a wonderful place to live and work. I look forward to keeping you informed and getting to know you better, both personally and through this site. Click here to view our organizational chart which depicts our three divisons - Field Operations, Support Services and Administrative Services. Please go to the Citizen Information tab for an update on what's happening in the department and to read the monthly and annual reports.
Chief Frank J. Kaminski
Research conducted by NeighborhoodScout revealed the 100 safest cities in America with 25,000 or more people. Based on the total number of property and violent crimes per 1,000 residents, Park Ridge ranks as the 72nd safest city in America. Data used for this research are 1) the number of total crimes reported to the FBI to have occurred in each city, and 2) the population of each city.