The Police Department is responsible for maintaining civil order and public safety, enforcing the laws, and investigating crime. The police department is broken down into various divisions that allow for effective service delivery to the community. These divisions include:
- Police Services Management - responsible for departmental oversight and maintaining CALEA accreditation (nationally accepted policy and procedures)
- Patrol/Parking Enforcement - responsible for promoting and enforcing public compliance with ordinances, criminal laws, traffic laws, and parking related issues and enforcement.
- Investigations/Community Response Team (CRT) - plainclothes officers that are assigned to investigate crimes reported to the police department and partner with citizens to solve community problems together. Responsibilities include domestic violence prevention and addressing issues that affect the quality of life for residents.
- Metropolitan Emergency Response and Investigation Team (MERIT) - made up of (3) Officers that are assigned to the countywide MERIT SWAT team. The Officers assigned to this unit fulfill their full-time duties with the police department and are on-call 24 hours a day to respond to emergency, high-risk calls throughout DuPage County. We also participate in MERIT Major Crimes and MERIT Major Crash Unit (MCU).
- Training - responsible for the training of recruit police officers and scheduling in service training for all employees of the department.
- Community Support/Property Control - responsible for crime prevention and safety education programs with a special emphasis on children’s programs. Property Control is responsible for the security and storage of all evidence obtained from crime scenes. In addition, Property Control is responsible for the return and disposal of all property found that may not be criminal in nature.
- Police Records - responsible for efficiently processing all police reports generated, handling citizen requests for information, maintaining CAD computer systems and databases, FOIA requests, and preparing statistics and crime reports needed by State and Federal agencies.
Staff liaisons work with the following Boards and Commissions to provide planning expertise and recommendations to the Village Council.
The Downers Grove Police Department is a nationally accredited agency through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).
CALEA's Advanced Accreditation is the highest level of achievement and requires adherence to over 450 mandatory professional standards representing best practices in law enforcement.
Our staff and command are committed to preserving safety and the quality of life in our community with respect, compassion and understanding for one another.
CALEA Public Comment Portal
This portal is to receive input regarding our compliance with CALEA standards, including engagement in the community and delivery of public safety services. Comments can be in the form of commendations or concerns. Information will be used to further our goal of continuous improvement in the pursuit of professional excellence.
IMPORTANT: CALEA is not an investigatory body; hence the portal should not be used to submit information for such purposes. Additionally, there will be no response to comments other than an acknowledgement of receipt.
The Downers Grove Police Department maintains over 400 written directives based on the standards of the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).