Community Services

At the Winthrop Harbor Police Department we take serving our community very seriously. We currently have many programs available to the residents of our village, and we encourage your suggestions for new ways in which we can serve the community. Each of the services described on this page has been designed to enhance the lives of everyone in Winthrop Harbor. Be sure to use these services freely and let us know if there is any other way we can assist you!

Child Safety Seat Program

Vacation House-Watch Program

Child Identification Program

Bicycle Registration Program

Neighborhood Crime Watch

Community Service Officers

Resident Call-In Program

Portable Defibrillators

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Child Safety Seat Program

In December 2000 the WHPD announced a new Child Safety Seat Program, designed to help citizens better protect their children from harm during an auto accident.

Officer Chris Willets and CSO Laura Estrada attended extensive training and are certified as the department's Child Safety Restraint Experts. The program provides free inspections of your safety seat and instructions on how to properly secure your child. The program also provides a free child safety seat to those who may not be able to afford one. Contact Officer Willets or CSO Estrada at 847-872-2131 to schedule an appointment for this program! |More on this program|

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Child Identification Program

In the unfortunate event of a missing child, would you have all of the information law enforcement needs to conduct a search?

The Winthrop Harbor Child Registry Program provides parents with a handbook that contains all of the information needed to help find your lost child, from fingerprints to photographs. There is no cost to become involved and the handbook, fingerprints, and photographs stay with you wherever you go. This makes it perfect for road trips and vacations.

Please call the Police Department to make an appointment for your child's registration...it's fast, it's easy, and best of all - it's FREE!

While on the subject of missing children, we encourage you to take a moment to view a few photographs from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. One out of six children are found simply through people like you recognizing a child while viewing photos.
Click the image at right to visit the center's website, or click here to view photos of children missing from Illinois. Your time is appreciated and could save a child's life!

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Bicycle Registration Program

Once you've finished assembling that brand new bicycle, take a moment to jot down the serial number, which is typically found engraved on one of the frame members. For only one dollar, residents can register their bicycles with the Police Department for a permanent record of ownership.

With this information on file, the Police Department can easily identify a stolen bicycle and accurately report the serial number to surrounding police agencies. This greatly enhances our ability to recover a stolen bike and is well worth the nominal fee!

TIP: Always carry a locking device for your bike wherever you go. A little prevention goes a long way in protecting your property and a locked up bike is far less likely to be stolen.

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Resident Call-In Program

If you don't call us...we'll call you! The Police Department's Resident Call In Program is designed to maintain contact on a regular basis with those residents that may be at risk due to age or physical condition. Residents that are on the program call the Communications Center on a daily basis to acknowledge that they are fine. Should no call be received, a call will be made from the center and in many instances a personal visit is made to insure the person's well being. There is no charge for this service and the peace of mind gained by the resident and his or her family and friends is well worth the effort. We truly care about our residents!

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Vacation House-Watch Program

While planning a vacation is both fun and exciting, there's always that little thought that sneaks in about the possibility of some stranger sneaking into your home while you're away.

To help curb that fear, the Police Department offers a free Vacation House-Watch Program to all Winthrop Harbor residents. Simply notify the Police Department with the information about when you're leaving and returning and we'll keep an eye on things while you're away, at no charge.

The program gives the department information about who should be contacted in the event of an emergency, what vehicles should be at the residence, and the status of lights, alarms, etc. Routine walk-around checks are performed each day on these homes to ensure that doors are locked and nothing out of the ordinary has occurred. This is a free community service, for up to 30 days per calendar year.

The Vacation Watch Request Form is available right here on-line. Simply fill in the blanks, submit the form, and you'll then be contacted to confirm registration in the program.

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Neighborhood Crime-Watch Program

In any community, the prevention of crime and apprehension of criminals are dependent on quick response by police and accurate information. The Winthrop Harbor Neighborhood Crime Watch Program consists of citizens helping police, which helps the entire community.

About 98% of all citizens are law abiding. This overwhelming majority, working together, can put a real damper on the 2% who do not respect the rights of property of others.

Participants of the program are trained by police to watch for suspicious happenings or incidents. Participants learn how to collect the critical information needed by police to successfully investigate and apprehend the offenders.

Every adult resident of the Village is eligible to join the Neighborhood Crime Watch Program! The only requirement is the attendance of a training course taught by the Winthrop Harbor Police Department. This valuable training is provided at no charge and covers many topics that are pertinent to watching for and reporting incidents in the neighborhood.

Contact the Police Department at 746-3868 for further information and an application form. Let's all work together in protecting our Village neighborhoods!

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Community Service Officers

In 1997 the WHPD established its Community Service Officer program. This program was designed to assist the sworn Police Officers in efficiently performing their duties.

The Community Service Officers are non-sworn persons that were hired to enforce the local ordinances. A large portion of their assignments include assisting citizens with any problems or complaints that they have may have regarding ordinances, etcetera. These officers have proven to be extremely valuable to the Police Department and the citizens of Winthrop Harbor.

The Community Service Officers are also trained in animal control. When the P.D. receives a complaint about animal neglect, barking dogs or animals running at large, the officer will respond and investigate the matter. Most animals that are running at large are held for a maximum of 24 hours in our holding pen and then turned over to Lake County Animal Control.

The Community Service Officer can also handle wildlife animals that appear to be rabid. We will respond and remove the animal at no charge to the homeowner.

In April, 2000, our Community Service Officers began providing security services to North Point Marina. The police department patrols the marina on a regular basis with sworn officers, and the Community Service Officers provide additional security and patrol efforts. These efforts include vehicle patrol, foot patrol and bike patrol.

Security details provided by the Community Service Officers include the enforcement of all rules, regulations and ordinances in a fair and equal manner, creating an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust with the patrons of the marina.

As members of the WHPD, our Community Service Officers work closely with the Illinois conservation police, the Lake County Marine Unit, U.S. Coast Guard and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

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Portable Defibrillators

Thanks to the Winthrop Harbor Lions Club, the Police Department now has two Heartstream Forerunner semi-automatic defibrillators at its disposal for emergencies involving heart attack victims.

These units monitor the victim for a heart rhythm and advise the operator if and when to apply shock to the patient accordingly. The use of these defibrillators, in conjunction with current CPR methods, increases the survival rate for heart attack victims significantly. Winthrop Harbor Police Officers have each been trained in the operation of the defibrillator units, and these life-saving devices are a welcome addition to our community services when we're the "first to arrive on scene".

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