January/February 2016

By Police Chief Bruce Dayno

Child Safety Seat Installation

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among children ages two to 14. Correctly used child safety seats are extremely effective, reducing the risk of death by as much as 71%, but nearly 73% of child restraints are not installed or used correctly.

Child Passenger Safety Technicians can ensure your child’s seat is installed correctly. CPS Technicians put their knowledge to work through a variety of activities, including child safety seat checks where parents and caregivers receive education and hands-on assistance with the proper use of child restraint systems and safety belts.

Call 847-945-1130 for an appointment to have your seat checked or receive installation assistance by a National Child Passenger Safety Certified Technician.

Emergency Telephone Notification System

The Village of Riverwoods contracts with the Blackboard Connect service for emergency resident notification. With this service, the Village is able to send personalized voice messages and email alerts to residents and businesses within minutes with specific information about time-sensitive or common-interest issues such as boil order alerts, missing persons, and road closures.

As a resident or business you can opt-in to emergency messages, non-emergency messages or both. The information supplied will be sent to the Blackboard Connect system. If you have an unlisted telephone number, or if you have not previously signed up to be on the system, you may not be in our database.

The system will only be used for emergencies and exigent circumstances. We know that your personal information is important; all usage of your personal information will be in compliance with the Village Privacy Policy.

To register, or for more information, go to www.riverwoods-il.net and click on the Village-To-Resident Notification System link. If you don’t have internet access and would like assistance, or would like to opt out, call the Police Department Records Section at 847-945-1130 between 8:30am and 1:30pm Monday through Friday.

Crime Prevention

Our Crime Prevention Officer is available for presentations to residents and businesses on topics including, but not limited to, Bullying, Stranger Danger, Traffic Safety, Internet Safety, Identity Theft, Personal Safety and Workplace Violence. For Riverwoods residents, he can perform a home security survey, which will provide an assessment of security safeguards and risks that he observes at the residence. He will provide the homeowner with guidance on how to correct safety deficiencies using crime prevention and environmental design. For further information, contact Officer Al Maciareillo at 847-945-1130 ext. 231.

Premise Alert Program

The Riverwoods Police Department, along with the Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection District and the Deerfield-Bannockburn Fire Protection District, provide 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. Information may also be supplied by the individual’s family members, friends, caregivers, or medical personnel familiar with the individual. When a 911 operator sends police or emergency medical personnel to an address in the database, the information will be passed on to the emergency responders. The information gathered as part of PAP shall remain strictly confidential and will be used only to provide assistance to the emergency medical and police responders.

Individuals with disabilities are those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities.

Individuals with special needs are those who have or are at increased risk for a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional condition and who also require mental health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by individuals generally.

The intent of the Premise Alert Program is to afford people with special needs or disabilities the same access to public safety services provided to all citizens. Provision of the information will not result in preferential treatment, but it will enhance the ability of emergency responders to effectively deal with those individuals.

If you would like to provide information for a person with a disability or special needs for entry into our computer aided dispatch system, please fill out a Premise Alert Enrollment Form available at the Police Department or on the Police Department website under forms. The form must be filled out every two years. Information not renewed after two years will be removed.

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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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