The Crystal Lake Police Department participates in McHenry County's "A Way Out" program, which offers substance abuse treatment 24/7 to McHenry County residents seeking recovery. Interested persons may enter the Police Department lobby (the door on the right in the main entrance vestibule at City Hall) and request to participate in the program. After normal business hours, the phone near the Police Department entrance may be used. A Police Officer will be assigned to assist in completing the necessary paperwork, and qualified persons will then be transported to Centegra Hospital in Woodstock for an evaluation. Health insurance is not required.
Those interested in participating will be required to turn over to police any drugs or contraband in their possession. In most cases, the participants will not be arrested or charged for possessing any unlawful substances; however, depending on the quantity of narcotics and/or other investigative information, the Police Department retains discretion to arrest and charge if appropriate. A person cannot participate in this program if they currently have an active warrant for their arrest or they are using it as a means to avoid prosecution of other criminal charges.
This program is available to McHenry County residents only through the Crystal Lake Police Department, but we will assist non-McHenry County residents by facilitating a connection with another appropriate law enforcement agency. Click here for a list of other participating agencies. Please call 815-356-3620 if you have any questions about this program.
Every year the Crystal Lake Police Department recovers approximately 100 bicycles.
Unfortunately, only a few are returned back to their owner, and all unclaimed bicycles are taken to auction after six months. If you have lost or had your bicycle (or other property) stolen, please call the Crystal Lake Police Department to see if we have recovered your property.
Along with keeping your bike locked up, it is important to register your bike with the Police Department which provides a record of the bike’s pertinent information, including the serial number. Having this information enables the police to return your lost or stolen bike to you if it is recovered, and best of all, it’s free! Register your bike in person at the Police Department Monday - Friday between 8am and 6pm. A printable Bicycle Registration application may be completed prior to your arrival.
Free child safety seat inspections are offered to parents and caregivers by Police Department certified child seat technicians. This is an educational service and does not include installation, and all child seats must be installed prior to arrival for inspection. Seats will be inspected and corrections recommended. Surveys indicate that 90% of all child safety seats are not properly installed, and this educational service is provided to increase awareness of the dangers of not installing a child seat correctly and reduce the risk of serious injury to children in the event of a motor vehicle crash.
Child safety seats are inspected by appointment only. Please call the Department at (815) 356-3620 to schedule an inspection. However, the Police Department also periodically offers free car seat inspection events which are advertised on the City's website and on social media. Questions may be directed to Officer Ed Pluviose at (815) 356-3731 or via email.
The Care Trak system is a transmitter worn by individuals with the potential to wander, such as those with Autism, Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Down’s Syndrome or a traumatic brain injury. It is barely larger than a standard wristwatch and is light and comfortable to wear, and Care Trak proudly reports that every individual outfitted with the monitor has been located in 30 minutes or less. Recognizing the success of this system, the Crystal Lake Police Department was one of the first law enforcement agencies within McHenry County to have this tracking capability, and the McHenry County Mental Health Board volunteered to monitor and maintain the system. They are responsible for the screening process to ensure qualifications for participation are met and they are also responsible for the monthly maintenance of replacement of the transmitters. Questions? Please contact Officer Ed Pluviose at (815) 356-3731 or via email.
Citizen Police Academy
The Citizen Police Academy is an 11-week program designed to provide a working knowledge of the Crystal Lake Police Department. It consists of a series of classes, discussions and demonstrations of the Department's operations and divisions with the goal to enhance community safety by utilizing education to promote understanding, increase positive communications and foster a partnership between the public and the Police Department.
Enrollment is open to all, with priority given to Crystal Lake residents and those who work in Crystal Lake. Participants must be at least 18 years of age, pass a criminal background check and sign a waiver and hold harmless agreement. Class size is limited to 25 and a minimum of 10 participants is required. The Citizen Police Academy is offered free of charge. For more information, please contact Officer Ed Pluviose at 815-356-3731 or via email. Updates regarding the next planned session will be posted here and on the City's and Police Department's social media pages. Citizen Police Academy Application
Coffee with the Chief
“Coffee with the Chief” provides residents with an opportunity to personally meet with Chief James Black and other Police Department staff in a friendly, casual and informal setting. Residents learn about current crime-related topics and have the opportunity to discuss other community matters of interest. "Coffee with the Chief" events occur on a quarterly basis. The events are typically an hour in length and are hosted at the Crystal Lake City Hall, 100 West Woodstock Street.
Previous "Coffee with the Chief" topics have included: The dangers and criminal aspects of “Sexting” and “Cyber Bullying”, Criminal aspects of Gypsy Scams, Ruse Burglaries, and Home Repair Fraud; Overview of illicit drug use by high school-aged students; Educational seminar on Crime Prevention through Environmental Design; a general overview of the Police Department; and Cyber threats and security. These events are posted on the Police Department's Nixle and Facebook sites as they are scheduled.
The Crystal Lake Police Department will only fingerprint residents who reside within City limits or employees of Crystal Lake businesses located within City limits. Businesses will only be accommodated for employment purposes. This pertains to fingerprinting not required by City Ordinance or otherwise as a necessary part of a City of Crystal Lake licensing requirement. Fingerprinting is by appointment only. Call 815-356-3620 to schedule your appointment. For security reasons, fingerprinting cannot be done when prisoners are in custody.
Garage Burglary Prevention - Close the Door on Crime
It only takes moments for the opportunistic thief to enter an open garage and steal property from within.
Help close the door on garage burglaries by following a few simple prevention methods:
• Close your garage door, even if you are simply doing yard work in the backyard.
• Watch to make sure your garage closes completely.
• Never leave valuables in your vehicle, even if it is parked in the driveway.
• Always keep the door that leads from your garage into your home locked.
• Put the items with the highest value furthest into the garage.
• Always keep an eye out in your community. If you observe anything suspicious, please notify the police immediately.
The Crystal Lake Police Department Internship Program is designed to give high school seniors and college students studying the field of law enforcement or criminal justice an opportunity to gain real world, job- related work experience.
The program covers all divisions and operations of the Police Department to provide the most comprehensive experience possible. To be eligible for the Internship Program, the student must be attending an accredited college or university and majoring in law enforcement, criminal justice, or a related field.
For more information on the Crystal Lake Police Department Internship Program, please contact Sergeant Mark Szumanski, Training Coordinator, at (815) 356-3777 or by email. Forms required: Internship Application Internship Waiver of Liability
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Every year on the first Tuesday in August, the Crystal Lake Police Department participates in the National Night Out event. National Night Out promotes a true partnership between law enforcement and the communities they serve. This is an enjoyable family event held at Three Oaks Recreation Area. Families enjoy kid-friendly fun and games and get an opportunity to meet and greet the officers who serve this great community. If you have any questions about National Night Out, please contact Officer Ed Pluviose by email or phone: 815-356-3731.
Participating in a Neighborhood Watch group is a great way to meet your neighbors and communicate regarding neighborhood concerns. Local chapters meet at regular intervals and/or meet to address specific issues. If you are interested in finding a local chapter or starting a new one, please contact Officer Ed Pluviose at (815) 356-3731 or by email. Crystal Lake Police will provide training to Neighborhood Watch groups on recognizing and reporting suspicious activity and can also attend group meetings to address concerns.
Nixle Alert System
Nixle is a computer messaging system recognized by law enforcement as one way of providing timely information to the public., providing important neighborhood-level public safety and community event notifications instantly to users who have signed up for the free service. Messages from the Crystal Lake Police Department may be received by cell phone text, e-mail, or both. There is no spam or advertising to those who sign up for this service. To sign up for this free service and begin to receive informational updates, please click here.
Operation Lifesaver is a non-profit, international continuing public education program first established in 1972 to end collisions, deaths and injuries at railroad grade crossings and on railroad rights-of-way. The Crystal Lake Police Department is proud to be a partner in the Operation Lifesaver program. For more information, please visit www.oli.org.
Operation Stop on Signal (School Bus Stop Arm Violations)
Operation Stop On Signal was created in response to the high occurrence of stop arm violations reported to the Police Department and was implemented to help avert potential tragedies the bus stop arm is designed to prevent. Police Officers ride along on specific bus routes that experience a high number of violations, reporting offenses directly to officers waiting in squads nearby. Stop arm compliance has increased, assuring improved safety for the children in the community. School Bus Stop Arms are accompanied by flashing red and amber signals on the bus. Vehicles approaching from either direction are required to stop before meeting or overtaking a stopped bus (except in opposing traffic on highways with four or more lanes) until the signals are no longer actuated or the bus driver signals to proceed.
The Illinois Premise Alert Program (Public Act 96-0788) offers an opportunity for people with special needs to provide information to Police, Fire and EMS personnel to be kept in a database, which can then be provided to responders dealing with situations involving the special needs individuals. The information provided will be kept confidential and used only to provide Police, Fire and EMS personnel with information needed to deal with situations or emergencies involving a special needs person. The notification expires two years after the date it was submitted, and it may be updated or renewed at any time by submitting the Premise Alert Form.
Information is entered into the Premise Alert Program and/or verified by the individual, family members, caregivers or medical personnel familiar with the individual. Individuals must understand that the information provided to the Premise Alert Program will not result in any type of preferential treatment and the City of Crystal Lake and any other responding agencies will not be held liable for duties relating to the reporting of special needs individuals.
For the purposes of the Premise Alert program "disability" and "special needs individual" are defined as:
• "Disability" means an individual's physical or mental impairment substantially limits one or more of the major life activities; and there is a record of such impairment, or when the individual is regarded as having such an impairment.
• "Special needs individuals" means those individuals who have or are at increased risk for a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional condition and who also require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by individuals generally.
Click here for the application. Please forward completed forms to:
Crystal Lake Police Department
100 W Woodstock St
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
The Crystal Lake Police Department is a partner in the national anonymous tip text program, “tip411" which enables the public to text an anonymous tip to police, and lets the police respond back creating a two way anonymous “chat." A person who provides a tip that leads to a successful arrest and conviction is eligible for a reward through Crystal Lake Crimestoppers. Anyone with a cell phone can send an anonymous tip to the Crystal Lake Police Department by texting the word CLPDTIP along with the tip information to 847411 (tip411). Anonymous web tips can also be submitted here. Tips are 100% anonymous with all identifying information removed before the Police Department has the ability to see it and there is no way to identify the sender. Normal text messaging rates apply. This program was made possible through a generous donation by the Crystal Lake Crimestoppers. If you have any questions, please contact Officer Ed Pluviose at 815-356-3731.
The Volunteers In Policing (VIP) program allows residents to become more closely involved with the police by volunteering their time at the Police Department. Volunteers serve in non-sworn positions intended to supplement and support the Police Department. Some of the duties of a VIP are parking enforcement, assisting the Records Unit with clerical work, and assisting the Patrol Unit with nonhazardous calls such as disabled vehicles, vehicle lockouts and traffic control.
Volunteers can be an important part of any organization and a valuable asset to law enforcement agencies. Volunteers help to increase police responsiveness, service delivery, information input, and provide new program opportunities. Volunteers also bring enthusiasm, new skills and expertise to the job. It is the policy of this Police Department to use qualified volunteers for specified tasks and duties that can create efficiencies for the Department and improve services to the community. Volunteers are intended to supplement and support, not replace, sworn officers and civilian personnel. To download an application, click here.
Interested persons may contact Officer Ed Pluviose at (815) 356-3731 or email.