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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





Selected book from an Elmhust Police Department police officer.

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