The Special Investigations Division is comprised of the Community Relations / Crime Prevention Unit, Crime-Free Housing Unit, Drug and Gang Crimes Units, Resident Officer of Elgin program, and the Unit for Special Assignments. Together, all units strive to make the city of Elgin a safer community. This includes, but is not limited to:
Community Relations / Crime Prevention
This 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 provides various safety presentations as they are requested.
Crime-Free Housing Unit
Officers work daily to provide services to landlords, tenants and neighbors of rental properties in an effort to improve the quality of life for all stakeholders.
Landlord Training Program
The Landlord Training Program is mandatory for all residential rental license holders in Elgin. For more information, click here.
Drug and Gang Crimes Units
The Drug and Gang Units often work together, not only to combat the drug trafficking trade, but also to focus on the intervention and prevention of gang activity within Elgin.
The Gang Crimes Unit works to suppress criminal gang activity, investigate gang-related crimes, and gather intelligence on known and suspected gang members. This unit provides the department with experts in intelligence gathering, and members have received training specific to gang-related crimes. Gang officers also provide awareness training to schools, corporations, social service agencies, probation officers and civilian groups.
Resident Officer Program of Elgin
Four officers live and work in designated areas of Elgin in an effort to help the neighborhood residents problem-solve and take ownership of their community. Within this unit, we also have one neighborhood officer who does not live in the neighborhood, but is responsive to a particular area with the same goals as the other four resident officers.
Unit for Special Assignments (USA)
The Unit for Special Assignments provides special enforcement to address departmental and community needs. This can include gang enforcement, traffic enforcement, as well as special details within the community. This includes Violent Offender Verification and career offender review.
Lieutenant Adam Schuessler
Sergeant Dave Lesko
Sergeant Mark Whaley
ROPE and Crime Free Housing
Sergeant Eric Echevarria
151 Douglas Ave.
Elgin, IL 60120