Police Department - Crime Prevention/Community Relations Unit

The Crime Prevention/Community Relations Unit remains active in its efforts to disseminate information to the public regarding personal safety and the prevention of crime.


Official Skokie Public Safety Bulletin
The Village maintains an Official Skokie Public Safety Bulletin that provides information on crime and public safety in the community. The Bulletin is:

  • Timely – reported within a few days after the incident
  • Accurate – information taken directly from Police incident reports
  • Factual – street addresses, crime locations and other details will be included to the extent possible
  • Educational – information you can use to stay informed about public safety and to protect yourself, your loved ones, your home/property and the community.

The bulletin is updated nearly every weekday and provides the community with information about crimes committed in the community, criminal investigations, comments received from the community and public safety tips. Click here to view the bulletin.


Neighborhood Integrity Program

Click here for more information on the Residential Rental Unit and Neighborhood Integrity Initiative.


Citizens Police Academy

The Citizens Police Academy offers citizens a unique opportunity by gaining insight into their Police Department. The 12-week course is usually held once per year.

Classes include topics such as investigations, canine unit and drugs and gangs. The program is a mix of instructional and role-playing activities which provide the citizen with a realistic understanding of police work in the community. There is no cost to citizens. For more information on the next Citizen's Police Academy please contact the Skokie Police Department's Crime Prevention/Community Relations Unit at crime.prevention@skokie.org or at 847/982-5919. 


Presentations and Special Events
Group meetings within the Village of Skokie, including business associations, youth groups and senior organizations, are provided the opportunity to have an Officer speak about crime prevention topics of interest. Some subjects covered include personal safety and general crime prevention, identity theft, bank robbery and gang awareness.


Informational Brochures
The Crime Prevention/Community Relations Unit offers a variety of information brochures for Skokie residents including the following:

 

School Safety and "Officer Friendly"
Skokie Police Department School Safety Programs are presented to children in pre-school through 8th grade and in to high school.  The following topics are covered:

  • Stranger Danger
  • Home Alone
  • Decision Making Skills
  • Internet Safety
  • Self-Esteem Building
  • Good Touch/Bad Touch
  • Peer Pressure
  • Bullying
  • Building Lockdown/Crisis Planning Review
  • Drug and Gang Awareness

School Safety programs are administered by the "Officer Friendly," beginning with pre-school.  Sessions last up to 30 minutes and are age-appropriate.  For example, pre-schoolers learn about 9-1-1 and what to do in case they are lost.  In first grade, stranger danger is emphasized.  At the high school level, the programs deal with relevant information for students who are in drivers' education programs.  State of Illinois laws are reviewed and students are taught to understand that having a drivers license is a privilege.


Neighborhood Watch 

This program adheres to simple philosophies; "neighbors watching out for neighbors," and communicating with each other.  The program originated in 1982 with small groups of citizens or blocks of neighbors who simply watched out for each others well being.  These small groups have grown into today's Neighborhood Watch Program, which includes over 225 blocks and more than 6,675  participants.  The program continues to grow as more and more citizens continue to communicate and demonstrate concern for their neighbors and neighborhoods.   To qualify for the Neighborhood Watch Program, more than 50% of the block residents must wish to participate.  Once 50% of the block residents volunteer to participate, an organizational meeting is scheduled to coordinate and explain the program, in addition to selecting a block captain from among the volunteers.   

Once established, there are social benefits of the program as well.  Not only does a Neighborhood Watch provide raised neighborhood awareness, enhance sense of community and cooperation, and increased person-to-person neighbor interaction, but gives members a sense of belonging and offers the opportunity to contribute to the greater good, a safe and healthy community.   

The neighborhood and the community greatly benefit through participation in the Neighborhood Watch Program.  The Skokie Police Department asks that any person interested in the program to please contact the Crime Prevention/Community Relations Unit at 847/982-5919.

Four times a year, the Department publishes a Neighborhood Watch Newsletter. The newsletter generally addresses a seasonal topic, such as "Halloween Safety" in the fall. Click on a link below to download a copy of the latest Neighborhood Watch Newsletter or review an older publication.

Spring 2014                    Summer 2014                          Fall 2014                     Winter 2014

Communication between neighbors is the best way to know when something is wrong in the neighborhood and should be reported to the police. Call the police anytime something appears to be out of place in your area.


Security Surveys
Security Surveys cover home safety, house and business alarms, locking systems, lighting and parking issues. An officer will check a number of security factors and also will make recommendations about the interior of the building, such as ways to improve security of doors and windows. If you are interested in scheduling a Security Survey, please contact the Crime Prevention/Community Relations Unit at 847/982-5919. 


Nixle Community Information Service
Nixle is a Community Information Service dedicated to helping you stay connected to the information that matters most to you, depending on your physical location.  Information is immediately available over your cell phone by text message, by email, and over the web. Your account can be customized so you receive the information that matters most to you. Whether it is where you live, work, or have friends or family throughout the country, the information is immediately available to you over your mobile phone, email and computer.  For information on how to create and or change your account please click here.