Community Relations/Crime Prevention
National Night Out
National Night Out is a great opportunity for neighbors to get to know one another and bring more people into the process of preventing crime. Neighborhood Watch groups, homeowner’s associations, and any interested residents are encouraged to participate in this year’s National Night Out by sponsoring a block party on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Last year over 30 neighborhoods joined in the effort to make it a successful event. For the street closure packet, click here.
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.
On the first Tuesday of the odd numbered months at 7:00 p.m., the police department hosts a meeting for Block Captains. The meetings are held in the North Community Room, which is located on the first floor of the police department.
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 here. Contact Karen Flanagan with any questions.
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.