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Community Involvement
There are many ways community members can become involved with the Elgin Police Department, most of which are sponsored by our Community Relations / Crime Prevention Unit. 

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a nationwide program that was developed to offer education and training to citizens wishing to effectively respond to emergencies that occur in homes, schools, and places of employment, neighborhoods or any disaster within a community.

Citizens Police Academy (CPA) and Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (CPAAA)

The purpose of the Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA) is to provide citizens with an enhanced understanding of the Elgin Police Department through education. The CPAAA is a not-for-profit organization boasting more than 70 members who support the department through volunteerism and fundraising. CPAAA members are department ambassadors for the police department.

Senior Citizens Police Academy
For senior citizens who would like to learn more about the police department, the senior citizens police academy provides seniors who are at least 55 years of age the opportunity to learn about the department’s Tactical Response Team, K-9 Unit, Drug & Gang Units, and much more.  The academy is free.  Elgin residents are first priority for acceptance; a criminal background check will be conducted for each applicant.

Explorer Post 1445
The Explorer program is geared toward young adults between the ages of 14 through 20 who are interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement.  

Neighborhood Watch 
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.

Peer Jury
The peer jury program offers a confidential, meaningful, and remedial approach to processing juvenile offenders under the age of 17 without going through the juvenile court system.

Contact information for all of the programs identified above are contained within the links provided. If you are interested in volunteering in other capacities that are not listed, please contact the Community Relations / Crime Prevention Unit at (847) 289-2530.