Mission and Value Statements

Mission Statement

The Elgin Police Department is dedicated to working in partnership with the community to promote safety and enhance the quality of life by serving with professionalism, encouraging open communication and embracing diversity.

Values Statement


Partnering with our citizens and involved in our community.


Embracing innovative strategies while maintaining proven practices.


Serving with integrity and professionalism.

Today Elgin’s population is more than 112,000 strong. For many years, the Elgin Police Department has been practicing a community policing philosophy that has had a tremendous impact on crime in our community. Currently, our crime rate is at a 49-year low. By using an aggressive and practical policing approach that partners the department with community residents, businesses and civic organizations, we have all been able to improve our neighborhoods and city.

The department's authorized sworn officer strength is 184 officers. We realize that in these times of fiscal challenges, we cannot expect to be provided with more officers, but we can be expected to adjust our business practices to become more efficient with the officers we have. Through technological advances and by staffing units with officers whose personal and professional strengths are in the areas they are working for, we believe this goal is being met.

We invite you to explore this website in its entirety. There is information pertaining to our history, our mission, our organizational structure, our divisions, how community members can become involved with the department, as well as the services we provide to the community.