Community Relations/Crime Prevention

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 

National Night Out was affected by COVID-19 this year. Observation of National Night Out has been planned nationwide for October 6, 2020; however, the City of Elgin's participation level has not yet been established.  Please check back for updates. 

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Neighborhood Watch Groups

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.

Beginning in 2020, the first Tuesday of the even-numbered months at 7:00 p.m., the police department hosts a meeting for Block Captains.  The meetings are held in the Training Room, which is located on the second floor of the police department.  

Neighborhood Watch Meeting Dates

Senior Services

Crime Prevention Specialist Cherie Aschenbrenner is highly involved with our senior community and has a vast knowledge of resources available to them. If you need help with a senior issue, give Cherie a call. 

For more information about EPD's senior services, click here