Police Department - Field Operations

Patrol Division
The Patrol Division is the largest component of the agency and is responsible for responding to both emergency and non-emergency calls for services from the public.  In addition, this Division handles special assignments, self-initiated activities and addresses community concerns.  Patrol Officers are responsible for partnering with the community to protect life and property and to maintain peace, order and safety and perform ancillary functions such as Evidence Technician, Field Training Officer, Canine Officer, Tactical Mission Team Officer, Traffic Unit Officer and Bicycle Patrol Officer, to name a few.

The Patrol Division is divided into three shifts in order to provide 24-hour police services.  Each shift or "watch" is supervised by a Commander and several Sergeants.  The number of Officers assigned to each shift is tailored to historical and anticipated activity levels.

A complement of four Community Service Officers (CSO's) assist the Patrol Division with myriad tasks including parking enforcement, abandoned vehicles, private property crash reporting, traffic control and staffing the front desk.

The Investigations Division is responsible for follow-up investigation of all crimes reported to the Police Department.  The Investigations Division supervisors review almost 5,800 reports annually to identify cases designated for further action.  Investigative specialties include juvenile crimes, property crimes, crimes against persons, auto theft, crimes against the elderly and financial crimes.

Police Canine Unit
After 8 1/2 years of dedicated service, the Skokie Police Department's canine, Dino, was retired in December 2013.  A replacement canine is currently budgeted and the Department has begun the process of replacing Dino.  It is expected that the new canine will be operational by summer 2014.  Some of the Canine Unit's goals include searching for and apprehending criminal suspects, tracking missing persons, searching for criminal suspects and furthering community interaction.

Victim/Witness Assistance Program
The Department Social Worker is responsible for crisis intervention, assessment, short-term counseling, court advocacy and referral of victims and witnesses to appropriate services.  The Social Worker assists other Department members in handling particular cases, provide critical incident stress debriefings and performs recruit and in-service training to employees as necessary.  The Police Social Worker may be contacted at 847/982-5943.

Evidence Technician Program
Evidence Technicians trained in crime and accident scene processing are assigned to each of the three watches to ensure 24-hour per day coverage.  Annually, nearly 800 follow-up investigations are conducted.

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Tactical Intervention Unit
The Skokie Police Department has both a Hostage Negotiation Team and a special purpose Tactical Intervention Team in order to better serve and protect the citizens of Skokie.  The teams are activated only in the event of extraordinary incidents such as a hostage or barricaded subject, terrorist situations, civil unrest, to execute high-risk warrants or when VIP protection is deemed necessary.

Tactical Mission Team
In direct response to recurring criminal concerns and specific crime patterns, the Skokie Police Department maintains a Tactical Mission Team to more effectively control and suppress criminal activities and trends as they are identified.  The team consists of a Sergeant and four Police Officers which operate in uniform or plain clothes as necessary to meet their objectives.  The team often coordinates its efforts internally with the Patrol and Investigative Divisions and externally with agencies such as the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), U.S. Customs and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).

Traffic Unit
The Traffic Unit is responsible for enforcement, coordination of Department-wide traffic enforcement initiatives and crash reduction through identification of high-crash intersections and causative violations.  The Unit also serves as liaison to the Village of Skokie's Traffic Engineering Division in a coordinated effort to reduce motor vehicle crashes, deaths and injuries through traffic safety education and enforcement.

  Traffic Unit Goals and Objectives:

  • To encourage traffic safety through education, enforcement and coordinated activities with the Village of Skokie Traffic Engineering Department.
  • To identify high traffic crash locations, analyze data and apply problem-solving mechanisms to resolve traffic problems.
  • To augment traffic safety in the Village of Skokie by reducing both the incidence and severity of traffic crashes.
  • To actively investigate citizen complaints and enforce appropriate traffic laws and regulations.
  • To aggressively pursue the investigation of illegal activities detected as a result of traffic stops.
  • To act as public speakers, instructors, or representatives of the Department through public appearances at special events, when requested.
  • To investigate hit and run traffic crashes.
  • To increase DUI enforcement efforts.

Photo-Enforcement Program
Red-light running is a problem.  It is believed that an automated Intersection Safety Camera Program will reduce the number of red-light collisions and injuries associated with these crashes. 

The purpose of this program is to increase traffic safety in the Village of Skokie.  The goal of the program is to change driver behavior, reduce red-light running violations, crashes and injuries.

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions, please click here.

The Skokie Police Department encourages citizen comments.  Please include your name, telephone number, and address so that concerns, compliments, or information can be followed up.  Anonymous concerns, compliments, or information will also be investigated.  Citizens are encouraged to contact the following personnel either by letter, telephone 847/982-5900 or by email: 

Tactical Mission Team, Sergeant Robert Libit :  robert.libit@skokie.org

Traffic Unit, Commander Brian Baker: brian.baker@skokie.org

To learn more about traffic safety, please visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.