Police Programs & Services

Alarm System Registration

For new alarm permit accounts, follow the instructions and fill out the information requested in this Alarm Permit Application

2019 alarm permit renewal letters have been mailed! Click here to renew your Alarm Permit for 2019 online.

The alarm permit process ensures that all residential and commercial alarm systems are registered with the Village. This provides the Police Department with up-to-date, accurate information about the responsible party, alarm company, and any key holder(s), and helps reduce the number of false/non-bona fide alarm responses by our officers. 

Child Safety Seat Inspections

Four out of five Child Safety Seats are improperly installed. The Police Department's Child Safety Seat Technicians can instruct residents on proper child safety seat installation and inspect an installed safety seat. Contact the Community Relations Unit at 847-664-4182 to schedule an appointment.

Chaplain Program

In conjunction with the Police Department's Counseling Services Unit, the Police Chaplain works as a grief counselor and crisis advocate. The Chaplains provide pastoral assistance as appropriate to victims and families in crisis, assist with death notifications, offer prayers at ceremonies and special occasions, provide for the spiritual needs of prisoners, serve as liaison with other community clergy,  serve on the Department's Crisis Response Team, and visit sick or injured personnel at home or in the hospital. 

The Police Department's volunteer chaplains, Father James Braband and Rabbi Meir Moscowitz, serve the community and Department on their own time and without compensation. 

Citizen Reporting

Many non-emergency requests for police service do not require the physical presence of an officer at the time of an incident. Citizens can report lost property or crash reports with no injury and damage under $500 in person at the Police Department, Monday-Friday, 7:00 am - 5:30 pm. 

Citizen Police Academy

The Citizen Police Academy is an eleven-week course offering residents a behind the scenes look at local law enforcement. The course meets one evening a week and focuses on topics such as Patrol Operations, Criminal Investigations, Crime Scene Processing, Police Canine Operations, Firearms, and Self Defense Training. Attendees also have the opportunity to ride along with a Northbrook Police Officer. Classes are held each spring and is open to all Northbrook residents or business owners ages 21 and up. Contact the Community Relations Supervisor at 847-664-4427 with any questions. To apply, complete the Citizen Police Academy Application.

Community Service Program 

If a youth offender under the age of 21 receives a local ordinance ticket for a first time offense such as curfew violation, underage drinking or possession of alcohol/drugs, criminal damage to property, retail theft, they may be referred to the Community Service Program facilitated by the Counseling Services Unit. An assessment is conducted at the Police Department with the youth offender and a counselor to determine a community service placement. Referrals are also made for additional services and/or resources deemed necessary.

Counseling Services

The Counseling Services Unit provides crisis intervention with police, criminal court advocacy with victims of crimes, short-term counseling for police referred cases, information and referral and consultation to local schools, social service agencies and clergy. Referrals are made by police officers who have had contact with individuals or families experiencing social, psychological and/or behavioral problems. School personnel, local hospitals and community agencies that encounter individuals with problems of a high-risk nature can also refer to the Counseling Services Unit. Treatment services are offered to adults and children of all ages. 

There is no fee charged for these services. Advocacy is provided in criminal court for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child and elder abuse, and other types of violent crimes. Additional court services include advocacy with individuals involved in the mental health court or juvenile court systems.

House Watch Program

The Police Department offers a house watch program for residents who are away from their home for five days or more. To participate, complete the Residential Watch form and return it to the Police Department prior to your departure.

Juvenile Officers

Juvenile Officers often work with parents to determine how a problem is best solved, getting parental input throughout the process. The juvenile court system is vastly different than the adult courts and juvenile offenses are handled differently. The juvenile justice system is geared towards supplying parents with the tools to correct problems and help juveniles, thus not sending them to court or incarceration.

Parents are encouraged to contact the Northbrook Police for help  if they see behavioral changes that could indicate criminal behavior by their children. Juvenile Officers can meet with the parents and explain the possible ramifications of the different behaviors and help in finding solutions to those problems. Parents do not have to bring their children in for arrest to get help for them. Parents can meet with a Juvenile Officer and/or Counseling Services.

Every school in Northbrook has a Juvenile Officer as a liaison between the school and the Northbrook Police Department. School Liaison Officers work with the schools to advise on or handle public safety matters and assist with school safety. 

Premise Alert Program

The Premise Alert Program notifies the Police and Fire Departments about a family member who may require special assistance or treatment during an emergency at home. Operators at 911 call centers will have access to the information and will share it with emergency responders who can plan and respond accordingly. 

Enroll a family member in the Illinois Premise Alert Program by filling out the Premise Alert Program form and returning it to the Northbrook Police or Fire Department, or Village Hall.

Security Surveys

Northbrook Police Department personnel can visit your home or business and offer suggestions for improving security. The survey takes 30 to 60 minutes and includes a written report. Contact the Community Relations Unit at 847-664-4182 to schedule an appointment.