The Elgin Police Department’s Patrol Division is dedicated to enforcing the laws to ensure the Elgin community is a safe and enjoyable place to live and work. This is the most visible and recognizable division of the department. The division covers 38.8 square miles and provides law enforcement services to 108,188 people on a daily basis. The division encompasses three shifts, offering round the clock service:

  • Day Shift (6:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.)
  • Afternoon Shift (2:45 p.m. to 10:45 p.m.)
  • Midnight Shift (10:45 p.m. to 6:45 a.m.)

The division is comprised of the following:

  • Patrol officers
  • Community service officers
  • Bike patrol officers
  • Canine officers
  • Crisis Response Team
  • Evidence Response Team
  • Tactical Response Team

Officers assigned to this division perform a variety of duties, which include but are not limited to:

  • Provide response to reports of criminal activity
  • Apprehend criminals and wanted persons
  • Respond to motor vehicle accidents
  • Enforce motor vehicle violations
  • Perform preventative and deterrent patrols

Community service officers perform functions that differ from the patrol officers, such as:

  • Assist in the Holding Facility
  • Direct traffic at an accident scene
  • Perform animal control related duties
  • Initiate non-felony police reports
  • Respond to parking complaints