The Community Services Team handles many of our outreach services and is dedicated to providing public safety education and information to the residents of Lake County. This is accomplished through public speaking engagements and dissemination of written safety materials to community schools, civic groups, homeowners associations and other interested parties. The main goal of the Community Services Team is to educate the public in ways individuals can help prevent crime and cooperate with law enforcement. Programs are available to help reduce criminal victimization and improve the quality of life for Lake County residents.
The Community Services Team can be reached at 847.377.4211 to learn more about any of these services.
The 911 Communications Team developed the following materials for Lake County residents to share with family and friends.
This program is designed to inform young children how to properly operate a bicycle. Instructions include Rules of the Road, why safety equipment is important and general maintenance of bicycles.
Community Services participates with local high schools during their Career Shadow Day Programs, which offers an opportunity for high school students to learn about careers in law enforcement from Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies and Corrections Officers.
This program is designed to fingerprint children for the purpose of identification. Fingerprinting is conducted upon request at the Sheriff’s Administrative Office, the annual Lake County Fair, school functions, community gatherings, corporate safety days and with civic organizations.
Child and Teen Safety and Well-Being
This program is designed to educate both children and parents of safety measures to protect children from victimization. Topics include bullying, substance and alcohol abuse, social media, internet safety, as well personal safety.
Citizen Police Academy
This academy provides Lake County residents a hands-on learning experience of the many facets of the Lake County Sheriff's Office. The academy is a 10-week program with classes running approximately three hours, once a week. Instruction is provided by sworn deputies and civilians in their field of expertise. The academy is free to Lake County residents. Participants must be 21 years of age or older, of good moral character, and have no felony convictions.
DUI Awareness Program
This program provides presentations about driving under the influence to local high school and junior college students. These presentations inform young adults on the current Illinois State D.U.I. laws and stress how the effects of consuming alcoholic beverages can impair a person’s judgment. Demonstrations of field sobriety tests are performed with volunteers from the group.
DEA Prescription Drug Take Back Program
Twice a year, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office participates in the semi-annual DEA Drug Take Back program, partnering with local municipalities including Antioch, Beach Park, Deer Park, Deerfield, Fox Lake, Hawthorn Woods, Highland Park, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Lake Zurich, Mundelein, Round Lake Beach, Vernon Hills, Wauconda and Zion.
Home and Business Security
This program provides presentations on the topic of home security for community residents and business owners. The home security assessment takes an in-depth look at the various types of entry points on a home or building. Additional devices, such as, alarm systems, closed circuit television (CCTV), locksets and other methods used to secure doors and windows are covered. Employee internal theft procedures are discussed when working with businesses.
Illinois Sheriff’s Association Scholarship Program
The Illinois Sheriff’s Association annually issues over one hundred (100) scholarships throughout the state. Eligible Lake County students compete for three (3), $500 scholarships that are awarded in Lake County each year. Applicants for the scholarships compete in an essay contest, as part of their application process. For more information, please contact the Sheriff’s Administration at 847.377.4000.
Neighborhood Watch and Personal Safety
The main goal of this program is to make homes less of a target for burglaries and other criminal activity through crime prevention education and enhanced communication between residents and the Sheriff’s Office. This program offers the each member of the community the ability to take an active role in promoting a more peaceful and safer neighborhood for everyone in the community.
In addition the Personal Safety component focuses on identifying victim’s vulnerabilities, recognizing hazardous situations, and applying practical safety tips in an effort to reduce the opportunity for a crime to occur.
Public Safety Programs
This program, initiated in 1999, is designed to improve relations with the public and to form working partnerships regarding policing strategies with local governments.
“Are You OK?” is a personal wellness check we make by telephone to the homebound - living alone residents, at a pre-determined time each day.
Safety on Call
This program provides assistance to victims of any violent crime, including domestic battery, who are in potential danger or who express reasons for fearing intimidation or further victimization. The program provides emergency communication to the Sheriff's Office through a cellular telephone in which a victim can call 911 for assistance. The cell phones are issued through the Highway Patrol Unit at no cost to the recipient. The telephone service will only allow contact with the 911 emergency service providers. Non-emergency calls to other than 911 are not possible.
In order to participate in the program, contact the Highway Patrol Unit at 847.549.5200.
Volunteer Senior Advocates
The Sheriff’s Office established the Senior Advocacy Program in 1995 to more adequately address the needs of elderly persons within our community. A liaison officer from the Community Service Team along with a representative from Lake County Crimestoppers meets with this group on a monthly basis. Together the group works on methods to enhance the delivery of law enforcement and human services to the seniors of Lake County, by providing education and information to our senior volunteers.