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Community Services

The Community Services Team handles many of our outreach services and is dedicated to providing public safety education and information to the residents of Lake County. This is accomplished through public speaking engagements and dissemination of written safety materials to community schools, civic groups, homeowners associations and other interested parties. The main goal of the Community Services Team is to educate the public in ways individuals can help prevent crime and cooperate with law enforcement. Programs are available to help reduce criminal victimization and improve the quality of life for Lake County residents. Learn more about our Community Services Speakers Bureau.

The Community Services Team can be reached at 847.377.4211 to learn more about any of these services.

911 Communications 
The 911 Communications Team developed the following materials for Lake County residents to share with family and friends.

Bicycle Safety

This program is designed to inform young children how to properly operate a bicycle. Instructions include Rules of the Road, why safety equipment is important and general maintenance of bicycles.

Career Days

Community Services participates with local high schools during their Career Shadow Day Programs, which offers an opportunity for high school students to learn about careers in law enforcement from Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies and Corrections Officers.

Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute on Substance Abuse (2015 closed - check back in February, 2016)

The Illinois Sheriff's Association is proud to be named as a principal sponsor for the annual Cebrin Goodman Teen Institute on Substance Abuse. The ISA will be awarding scholarships to cover the cost for students to attend this exceptional, award winning program. CGTI is a week-long youth leadership training for middle and high school students who want to learn leadership skills, meet other youth from around the state, and become empowered to create change in their schools and communities. With a focus on personal responsibility, decision-making, and leading change - this conference is for future leaders who want to make a real difference in their community. CGTI teens will learn to 1) develop skills to be an advocate for positive change 2) make a difference in their community 3) communicate more effectively and 4) prevent drug and alcohol abuse.

The 2015 conference is being held at Eastern Illinois University July 19-23

Child Fingerprinting

This program is designed to fingerprint children for the purpose of identification. Fingerprinting is conducted upon request at the Sheriff’s Administrative Office, the annual Lake County Fair, school functions, community gatherings, corporate safety days and with civic organizations.

Child and Teen Safety and Well-Being

This program is designed to educate both children and parents of safety measures to protect children from victimization. Topics include bullying, substance and alcohol abuse, social media, internet safety, as well personal safety.

Citizen Police Academy

This academy provides Lake County residents a hands-on learning experience of the many facets of the Lake County Sheriff's Office. The academy is a 10-week program with classes running approximately three hours, once a week. Instruction is provided by sworn deputies and civilians in their field of expertise. The academy is free to Lake County residents. Participants must be 21 years of age or older, of good moral character, and have no felony convictions.

DUI Awareness Program

This program provides presentations about driving under the influence to local high school and junior college students. These presentations inform young adults on the current Illinois State D.U.I. laws and stress how the effects of consuming alcoholic beverages can impair a person’s judgment. Demonstrations of field sobriety tests are performed with volunteers from the group.

Lake County Prescription Drug Take Back Program

The Lake County Sheriff’s Office will begin participating in the monthly Prescription Drug Take Back program in early 2015, partnering with local municipalities including Antioch, Deerfield, Fox Lake, Grayslake, Hawthorn Woods, Highland Park, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Lake Zurich, Lakemoor, Libertyville, Mundelein, Round Lake, Round Lake Beach, Round Lake Park, Vernon Hills, Wauconda, Zion and the North Shore Health Center located in Highland Park. Find the nearest location by clicking this link.       

Home and Business Security

This program provides presentations on the topic of home security for community residents and business owners. The home security assessment takes an in-depth look at the various types of entry points on a home or building. Additional devices, such as, alarm systems, closed circuit television (CCTV), locksets and other methods used to secure doors and windows are covered. Employee internal theft procedures are discussed when working with businesses.

Illinois Sheriff’s Association Scholarship Program

The Illinois Sheriff’s Association annually issues over one hundred (100) scholarships throughout the state. Eligible Lake County students compete for two(2), $500 scholarships that are awarded in Lake County each year. Applicants for the scholarships compete in an essay contest, as part of their application process. For more information, please contact the Sheriff’s Administration at 847.377.4000.

Neighborhood Watch and Personal Safety

The main goal of this program is to make homes less of a target for burglaries and other criminal activity through crime prevention education and enhanced communication between residents and the Sheriff’s Office. This program offers the each member of the community the ability to take an active role in promoting a more peaceful and safer neighborhood for everyone in the community.

In addition the Personal Safety component focuses on identifying victim’s vulnerabilities, recognizing hazardous situations, and applying practical safety tips in an effort to reduce the opportunity for a crime to occur. ​

Ruse Burglaries

Ruse burglaries are crimes in which the offender uses a "ruse" to distract their victim in order to commit a burglary. Please read the attachment and do not allow anyone in your home unless you know them personally or it is a scheduled appointment.


“Are You OK?” is a personal wellness check we make by telephone to the homebound - living alone residents, at a pre-determined time each day. 

Safety on Call

This program provides assistance to victims of any violent crime, including domestic battery, who are in potential danger or who express reasons for fearing intimidation or further victimization. The program provides emergency communication to the Sheriff's Office through a cellular telephone in which a victim can call 911 for assistance. The cell phones are issued through the Highway Patrol Unit at no cost to the recipient. The telephone service will only allow contact with the 911 emergency service providers. Non-emergency calls to other than 911 are not possible.

In order to participate in the program, contact the Highway Patrol Unit at 847.549.5200.

Keeping Seniors Safe

The Sheriff’s Office established the Senior Advocacy Program in 1995 to more adequately address the needs of elderly persons within our community. A liaison officer from the Community Service Team along with a representative from Lake County Crimestoppers meets with this group on a monthly basis. Together the group works on methods to enhance the delivery of law enforcement and human services to the seniors of Lake County, by providing education and information to our senior volunteers.

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