The Police Department promotes community relations and crime prevention in a variety of ways. Foremost, the Department recognizes that the youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow. Therefore, a proactive approach is used to foster a positive relationship with our youth. Through the Officer Friendly Program, directed by Chief William Lustig and coordinated by Cpl. Chris Bell, officers provide our youth with education in safety
and good citizenship, in addition to building a good rapport between them and our officers.
Bicycle Patrol Units
The Village of Northfield has five officers who are trained bike patrol officers, certified through
Illinois Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA). The patrol is utilized at the
Fourth of July celebration, New Trier football games, as well as deterrent patrol
throughout the year.
To promote traffic safety the Village of Northfield uses a remote placed
speed monitoring system. This system was purchased jointly with the Villages of Glenview
and Winnetka. Mounted in a trailer, the speed monitor is installed in areas where residents
complain of speeding. It provides motorists with their vehicle speed and the posted speed
limit, in order to reduce speed and increase driver awareness.
Beat Auto Theft Program
Beat Auto Theft (BAT) is a program through the Secretary Of State's office that alerts police
that your vehicle is normally NOT driven between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m.
If the police see your vehicle/decal out
between 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. - they have permission to stop the vehicle and question the driver.
For more information about this program you can pick up a form at the Northfield Police Department
or call the Secretary Of State's Office at 1-800-608-0561.