The mission of the Riverwoods Police Department is to enhance the quality of life while providing a safe and secure environment for all persons within the Village. Department members are dedicated to acting in partnership with the community to provide professional, high quality service.
Security Camera Enrollment Program
The Riverwoods Police Department is requesting assistance from residents and businesses utilizing exterior security cameras by enrolling in our Security Camera Enrollment Program. Many of these cameras have views of areas beyond the property they are protecting, which could prove useful after the commission of a crime in the area. A doorbell camera, for example, may show the face of a suspect who later burglarized the home of a neighbor.
In the past, officers conducting neighborhood canvasses have worked with home and business owners who provided security camera footage of suspicious persons and vehicles, but some cameras are not obvious and may have been missed. In some instances, a camera was located, but the owners were not home and the police had no contact information. Time can be critical because many systems only hold footage for a limited amount of time.
If you have security cameras on your home or business, the Police Department requests you submit a voluntary enrollment form and be added to our list of camera users who can be contacted after a crime has been reported in their area. The list will only be used for reference by investigators after the commission of a crime. Submitted information shall be securely maintained and restricted to inspection by the Chief of Police and certain Police Department employees specifically assigned responsibility for handling and processing surveillance camera enrollment in the course of official duties.
Created October 31, 2001, the Riverwoods Police Department is a full service, twenty-four hour agency, comprised of 8 full time sworn officers, 9 part time sworn officers, and 3 part time records administrators.
Services, include, but are not limited to: 24-hour preventative patrols (including bicycle patrols), emergency response, traffic and parking enforcement, criminal and juvenile investigations, illegal drug and alcohol enforcement, child safety seat installation, assistance to persons locked out of their houses or vehicles, crime prevention, and limited animal control assistance. A house watch program is in place for Residents leaving town who would like their homes checked.
Crime Prevention services include:
- Auto Theft Prevention
- Drug Awareness
- Home Security Survey
- Personal Safety
- Robber Prevention
- School Safety
- Workplace Safety
The Department offers a Premise Alert Program (PAP)in support of individuals living with disabilities or special needs as well as police and emergency medical personnel responding to calls at a related address. Individuals with disabilities or special needs wishing to participate in the program may supply information to be kept in our computer aided dispatch (CAD) database free of charge. See Forms for more Information.
The Department is equipped with the latest technology, including Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) in every squad car, “enhanced 911”, and access to local, state, and national databases through in-car computers.
The Department is prepared to respond to critical incidents and is supported through memberships with the Lake County Major Crimes Task Force (comprised of experienced investigators and crime scene technicians), the Northeastern Illinois Regional Crime Laboratory, the Lake County Major Crash Assistance Team, and the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System (Mutual Aid).
Complaints and Compliments
If a member of the public has a complaint against a Riverwoods Police Department member, or would like to compliment a member, he or she can report the incident directly to Riverwoods Police Chief Bruce Dayno.
- Contact the Chief of Police at 847-945-1130.
- Come in person to the Police Department to discuss the matter with the Chief of Police.
- Email the Chief of Police at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Write to the Riverwoods Chief of Police at 845 Saunders Rd, Riverwoods, IL 60015.
Freedom of Information
Submit FOIA requests to either of the designated Police Department FOIA Officers, Chief Bruce Dayno or Kimberly Powitz, at:
845 Saunders Road
Riverwoods, IL 60015
You may make use of the Village FOIA form by utilizing the following link: Download Form (PDF)