Public Safety

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Smart911 Safety Profile

Residents can develop a Safety Profile that provides 911 call takers with your home and work addresses and any additional information, including medical conditions, pets in the home, vehicle details, and emergency contacts.  Click here to learn more about the Smart911 Safety Profile.

Emergency Notification

During an emergency, disaster, or inclement weather, turn to radio stations 720 a.m. or 780 a.m. for the most up-to-date emergency notice information for Cook County. In addition, the Village offers a high-speed telephone emergency notification system called RaveAlert. RaveAlert allows Village staff to telephone all or specific areas of the Village in case of emergency that requires immediate action, such as a boil-water order, Amber Alert, or environmental emergency. The system delivers a recorded message to a live person or answering machine. Develop a Smart911 Safety Profile to receive RaveAlert messages.  You may also add your email to the Village’s email notification system.

Outdoor Warning Sirens

When you hear the outdoor warning sirens, it means something life-threatening is happening and you should go indoors and get more information.   Sirens are an outdoor warning system designed only to alert those who are outside that something dangerous is approaching.  To get emergency alerts while inside, subscribe to Smart911 alerts (info above). Be sure to also download the American Red Cross Tornado app on your smartphone.  The app includes an audible siren that goes off when a tornado warning is issued in your area, even when the app is closed, which helps reduce the chance of sleeping through a warning.  Warning sirens are only one notification tool.  The safest approach is to be proactive and use all of the information and tools available to protect yourself and your family from threatening weather. Along with listening for sirens if you are outdoors, make sure you are prepared by signing up for Smart911, downloading the American Red Cross Tornado app, and monitoring local weather alerts on the television and radio.

Police Department Services:

Animal Control

The Police Department can assist by using a trap or noose when there is a wild animal loose in the living area, basement, or garage of a home. Unless there is a direct threat to residents, Police will not enter attics, crawl spaces, chimneys, roofs, under porches, or other difficult-to-access places to remove wild animals.

Police cannot assist with trapping wild animals that are living outside the home. If you are experiencing a problem with wild animals and stinging insects outside of your home, contact a Nuisance Wildlife Control Specialists who are licensed by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. You can learn more online about how to deal with wildlife, including coyotes and skunks. You can electronically report coyote sightings here.

Key Box Program

In the case of loss or emergency, you can leave a spare key to your home or vehicle with the Police Department. Keys are stored in a secure lock box and can only be released to those approved by the key-owner with proper identification. If you would like to participate in the Key Box Program, complete the Key Box Program Application form.

House Watch Program

The Police Department provides a House Watch Program as a public service and crime prevention measure in order to prevent and detect crime on affected residential properties while residents are away. If you would like your home to be monitored when you are away, complete the House Watch Program form.

Gun Locks

The Northfield Police Department has gun locks available for Northfield residents.  The gun locks are free of charge and can be picked up at the Police Department while supplies last.

Officer Friendly Program

Representatives of the Police Department frequently visit local schools to discuss safety, promote good citizenship, and build rapport with students. Age-appropriate safety topics range from drug prevention to stranger awareness.

Special Needs Awareness Profile

Individuals, parents, guardians, and caregivers can complete a Special Needs Awareness Profile which provides public safety personnel with important information about a special needs person when responding to a specific address. If you wish to participate in the program, please complete the Special Awareness Program Profile form.

Elderly or Disabled Help List Program

The Police Department maintains a Help List for residents who are elderly or disabled and have special medical conditions. The List enables first responders to know that extra assistance may be needed when residents call for assistance. During dangerously hot or cold weather, a Police Dispatcher will call every resident on the Help List to conduct a well-being check. If you are interested in enrolling in the program, view our Enrollment Information.


Consolidated Dispatch

In 2017, the Village transitioned 911 dispatch services to the Village of Glenview.  Click here for tips when calling 911. 

Police Department Testing

Click here for the most recent eligibility list.

Fire Department Services:

Fire-Rescue Public Education

The Fire-Rescue Department offers AHA and OSHA-approved CPR training at no cost.  Participants can choose from three levels of certification including BLS Provider, Heart Saver, and Friends and Family.  Classes are free; however, there is a $7 AHA charge if participants would like a physical certification card.  For more information or to schedule a training, call (847)441-3800 or email

Blood Pressure Screenings

The Fire-Rescue Department offers free blood pressure screenings for all residents. Upon request, the Department will create a file with your medical information and blood pressure screening history to identify any patterns in your blood pressure. For more information, contact the Fire-Rescue Department.