Crime Prevention / Community Involvement

The Buffalo Grove Police Department Crime Prevention Unit offers a variety of programs throughout the year. Many programs, such as our Citizen Police Academies, are scheduled seasonally. Many other programs are scheduled by request. The following is a sample of some of the programs available through the Crime Prevention Unit.

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For more information on Crime Prevention Programs or to schedule an event for your organization, please contact the Crime Prevention Unit at 847-459-2560.

CareTrak Program


The Care Trak equipment utilizes radio transmitters to locate individuals with Alzheimer’s, Autism, Down syndrome, and similar disabilities, who may wander away.  The program is available to residents who meet the guidelines, which include having a full-time caregiver.  Families meeting the pre-established criteria can purchase a water resistant transmitter the size of a wrist watch. The transmitter attaches to the individual’s wrist or ankle by a strong band and continually emits a pulsating radio signal.  If the special needs individual fitted with a transmitter goes missing, the caregiver will immediately contact the police. 

After notification of a missing person, trained Buffalo Grove Police officers will deploy two portable telemetry tracking receivers.  The tracking system includes hand-held directional antennas and digital receivers designed to locate the specific signal from the transmitter.  The signal can be located within one mile and is sensitive enough to track inside homes, in dense brush or within large buildings.  The radio frequency equipment provided by Care Trak is more precise than GPS and will work in all weather conditions.  The ultimate goal is to find special needs individuals as quickly as possible and return them home safely. 

Buffalo Grove residents interested in receiving more information about the program or who would like to begin the screening process, may contact the Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit at 847-459-2560. 

Citizen Police Academy


The Citizen Police Academy is an informational program open to persons 21 years of age or older that live or work in Buffalo Grove. The program provides citizens the opportunity to experience how their police department works. Classes are held once a week at the police department for three hours in the evening during the fall months from September through November. Fill out the Citizen Police Academy Registration Form to enroll.

Junior Police Academy


The Junior Police Academy is held during the summer months and is open to children ages 12 to 15 that live or attend school within Buffalo Grove. This program is held at the police department for five consecutive sessions during morning hours over a one-week period. Young people that have an interest in law enforcement will have an opportunity to experience the different tasks associated with police work. Fill out the Junior Police Academy Registration Form to enroll.

Police Department Tours


Police Department tours can be scheduled for community groups wanting to learn more about the Police Department, and see where the men and women that serve and protect your community work. To schedule a tour for your group, please contact the Crime Prevention Unit at 847-459-2560.

Security Surveys


Business and Home Security Surveys are available through the Crime Prevention Unit. Upon request a Crime Prevention Specialist will come out to your home or business and conduct a walk through with the business or home owner noting any security or personal safety issues.

Premise Alert Notification Program


The Illinois Premise Alert Program (Public Act 96-0788) provides for Public Safety Agencies in the State of Illinois to allow people with special needs to provide information to police, fire, and EMS personnel to be kept in a database. The information can then be provided to Police / Fire / EMS units responding to the specified locations in dealing with situations involving the Special Needs individuals. 

The information provided by you will be kept confidential and used only to provide Police, Fire, and EMS personnel responding to specified locations with the information needed to deal with situations or emergencies involving a special needs person.


Speakers Bureau


The Crime Prevention Speakers Bureau provides speakers for schools, clubs, businesses, and organizations seeking information on any crime prevention related topic. We will customize a program that meets your needs. Some of our most requested topics include: Officer Friendly Presentation, Stranger Danger, Personal Safety, Identity Theft, Fraud Prevention and Internet Safety. If you would like to schedule a speaker, or have a question about a particular topic, please contact the Crime Prevention Unit at 847-459-2560.