Community Relations/Crime Prevention

Spanish Citizens Police Academy Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the 2017 Spanish-speaking Citizens Police Academy. Classes will be held every Saturday, May 13 through May 27 2017, from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.at the Elgin Police Department. For more information, click here, and to register, click here            


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! 

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National Night Out

The Elgin Police Department and the National Association of Town Watch celebrates National Night Out annually, this year on Tuesday, August 1, 2017. Party registration deadline is June 23, 2017. 

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 1, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Last year over 30 neighborhoods joined in the effort to make it a successful event. For more information, click here, and to register, click here

If You Like it - Lock it Campaign
One of Elgin Police Department’s initiatives is to significantly decrease Burglary to Motor Vehicles incidents within the city. You can help us thwart opportunistic burglars with a few easy steps. To learn more about how to protect yourself and your property, click here. For information presented in Spanish, click here.

Neighborhood Watch Information

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.  

To view brochures provided by Crime Prevention, click here


Sgt. Echevarria
Sergeant Eric Echevarria

Cherie Aschenbrenner
Crime Prevention Specialist

Cherie Aschenbrenner

(847) 289-2626


Christy Schmdit
Crime Prevention Specialist

Christy Schmidt

(847) 289-2588



Elgin Police Department
151 Douglas Ave.
Elgin, IL 60120



Monday – Friday

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Main Line
(847) 289-2530