About the Elmhurst Police Department
By 1880, the population of Elmhurst had grown to 723 mainly due to the displacement of many people
by the "Great Chicago Fire". Elmhurst saw a need to organize a police and fire department as morality and values changed,
and incorporated as a village in 1882. The first law enforcement officer for Elmhurst was Constable Henry C. Hohmann who was
appointed on July 22, 1882. Ordinances were passed which established a foundation for the newly appointed constable. Over
the next 19 years Elmhurst would have 9 constables.
Today, the Elmhurst Police Department is organized into several divisions: Operations Division, Detective
Division, Records Division, Traffic Division and Bicycle Division. The Operations Division is the larger of the two divisions
consisting of 108 full and part-time employees. The Operations Division provides essential services to the community in the
areas of patrol, traffic and emergency response. These services are available around the clock 365 days per year. All 911
calls are assigned to Operations Division units, which are divided into three primary eight-hour shifts and an additional
afternoon shift, which provides extra personnel during peak periods.
The Operations Division of the Elmhurst Police Department also contains special units such as: Community
Oriented Policing Program; Emergency Response Team; and Canine Unit. Twelve sworn
officers and two civilian employees staff the Detective Division of the Elmhurst Police Department. The division is responsible
for the follow-up of criminal complaints, proactive vice/narcotic investigations and all juvenile issues