Mission Statement

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.


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.

  1. Contact the Chief of Police at 847-945-1130.
  2. Come in person to the Police Department to discuss the matter with the Chief of Police.
  3. Email the Chief of Police at bdayno@riverwoods-il.net
  4. 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)


Police Department Dispatch

Office: 847-945-1820

This phone number will be answered by the 24/7 dispatch center. This number should be used for all security alarms and if you want the police to respond to your location for non-emergency situations.

Police Department (Office)

Office: 847-945-1130

845 Saunders Rd

Riverwoods, IL 60015

Call for Records or Individual Officers

Police Department Administration

Chief of Police Bruce M. Dayno

Office: 847-945-1130 ext 202

845 Saunders Rd

Riverwoods, IL 60015

Emergency Police/Fire Dispatch: 911

This phone call will be answered by the dispatch center. Use for police, fire or medical emergency. (24 hour number)

Additional Info

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Notification System

The Village of Riverwoods utilizes Blackboard Connect service for emergency resident notification side-by-side with the Village non-emergency resident email database. As a resident or business you can opt-in to emergency messages, non-emergency messages or both.

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