Prospect Heights Police Department

  • Agency: Prospect Heights Police Department
  • Address: 14 E Camp McDonald Rd, Prospect Heights, 60070 IL
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Phone: 847-398-5511
Fax: 847-398-6080

Prospect Heights Police Department is located at 14 E Camp McDonald Rd, Prospect Heights, 60070 IL. The Prospect Heights Police Department phone number is 847-398-5511.

Prospect Heights Police Department News

We are getting reports of Milwaukee Ave being very slick to drive on. Please use extreme caution when driving. Get off the phone, drive slow, and do not follow cars closely. Be safe PH!

Thank you for your service Officer Cox. Our deepest condolences to your family blood and blue.

Our thoughts and prayers turn to our brothers and sisters in blue of the Rockford Police Department as they are dealing with the loss of one of their own. This is the most up to date information available at this time. This is an active investigation. If anyone has information please contact the Rockford Police Department.

On 11-2-17 we had a bittersweet celebration for PHPD Technical Services Assistant Ken Anderson as he leaves us for the sunshine state of Florida! Ken was treated to Lou Malnati's pizza for lunch and Nothing Bundt Cakes for dessert. It was the very least we could do to say “Thank You” to a great man we are probably going to be lost without! As Chief Steffen and Deputy Chief Zawlocki presented Ken with a plaque to thank him for his dedication and service to PHPD for the 5 years we were lucky to work with him, we would also like to reflect back on Ken’s amazing 45 years in Law Enforcement. Ken began his career with the Deerfield Police Department in 1972 as a dispatcher. In 1973 Ken was sworn in as an officer with the Deerfield Police Department. Ken went on to spend 30 years serving the community of Deerfield before retiring as Deputy Chief of Administration in 2003. Ken’s experience as an Administrative Deputy Chief peeked his interest in what would become his retirement “gig.” As Deputy Chief of Administration Ken was in charge of overseeing the departments Dispatch and Records operations. Ken had to learn how the department’s radios, computers, computer aided dispatch system, phone systems, department phones, as well as many other gidgets and gadgets worked. This engaged Ken in learning about how the software and programs were written. In working within the department budget Ken began to write software and programs for law enforcement purposes. Ken’s thirty plus years’ experience as an officer combined with his technical expertise made Ken a valuable asset for the Buffalo Grove Police Department for 11 years and the Prospect Heights Police Department for the past 5 years where he worked as both departments Technical Services Assistant. “Ken Anderson, a law enforcement veteran since 1973, was invaluable in that he reflected a combination of enforcement savvy, technological expertise and understanding of police officers which kept our operation humming like a well-oiled machine. Ken, a quiet and modest man will be missed most because he was able to anticipate the technical needs of both the officer on the street and this administration and understood how to meet this mission and make ends meet without a breaking our budget.” Prospect Heights Police Chief Al Steffens Recently the Northern Illinois Police Alarm System (NIPAS) honored Ken during NIPAS’ 30 year anniversary picnic for his assistance in being one of the founding fathers of the agency. NIPAS is a multiple agency assistance team that formed in 1983 after massive storms flooded several north shore suburbs and other agencies were unable to safely assist one another. To have an officer try to get back to the station to call other towns asking for help during that time was not available. Ken and his then Chief of Deerfield, Richard Brandt, strongly believed local police departments could provide better service to their communities with a multi jurisdictional response. Ken and Chief Brandt put together the first NIPAS agreement. At that time the agreement was signed by 15 agencies. Today, NIPAS not only has the emergency response team but they added a SWAT Team and Mobile Field Force Units. NIPAS now includes police agencies in over 100 cities, villages, and towns in five counties of Illinois. Ken’s work with NIPAS is what he is most proud of in his law enforcement career. As Ken takes a well-deserved retirement with his wife of 45 years they will relax together with toes in the sand and visits from their 2 grown daughters and 4 granddaughters. Thank you Ken for everything you have done for all of us! Congratulations and enjoy the retirement life to the fullest!

PHPD Officers and Volunteers went Trick or Treating throughout our town to not only see the fun and creative costumes (and maybe eating candy) but to insure the safety of our families this Halloween! Happy Halloween PH!!!

It will be tougher to NOT see an officer or our amazing PHPD Volunteers cruising through our neighborhoods tomorrow to make sure all of our PH Trick or Treaters are having a fun and safe Halloween! These might be treats for our little tricksters!

The question of the day PH.....What are you going to dress up as for Halloween tomorrow? 👻👻🕵🏻👩🏻‍⚕️👩‍🎤👨🏼‍🚒👨🏽‍🚀👮🏼‍♀️🎃🎃 Community Relations Officer Conboy visited the preschoolers Prospect Heights Park District Kinderstop program during the AM and PM sessions! Officer Conboy discussed Halloween Safety Tips and read a Halloween story to the kids! The kids enjoyed hearing, "The Story of Witch Hazel" By Dori Smyth. These smart and safe little preschoolers also left with a treat and that PH is not a trick!

Tomorrow is the day to drop off any unused or expired prescription drugs at PHPD! We are ready to take them off of your hands and turn them into the DEA for proper disposal! Just remember the DEA will not accept any needles or liquids. Drop off times are from 10am-2pm.

****Getting to Know You**** Prospect Heights let us introduce you to one of our amazing volunteers, Cindy Huitink! Cindy became involved in volunteering with the Prospect Heights Police Department during the same time she was volunteering at WINGS and was looking for a change. Cindy saw an article in the Daily Herald about the police department’s volunteer program and decided this was a program she would enjoy participating in and has been with us for the past 3 years. You will often see Cindy at the station at our front window that will be the smiling face to greet you at our front desk. Cindy brings the jokes, the booming laugh, and contagious smiles every Friday afternoon. Cindy is a long time resident of Prospect Heights and has lived here with her husband Tom. Tom and Cindy have been married for 40 years and have 3 children and 6 grandchildren (so far.) Two children live close by and one lives in Dallas so Cindy travels there several times a year to see them. Cindy and Tom love going out eat, summer concerts and playing cards. Swimming is her sport and exercise of choice. We are very lucky to get to have Cindy with us! Say hi if you stop by the PD on a Friday afternoon! 1. What was your favorite subject in school? Biology, this is what got me interested in my career as an RN 2. Do you have any pets? 2 Portuguese Water Dogs, Newman and Hawkeye 3. Favorite Song? “Leaving on a Jet Plane” I used to sing it to my children at bedtime and now my grandchildren know it. 4. Favorite Food? Lou Malnati’s Pizza 5. Flowers or Candy? Candy, especially chocolate! 6. Coffee or Tea? Neither! Love Mountain Dew but mostly drink water. 7. Favorite Broadway Musical? “Jersey Boys” I grew up listening to Frankie Valle because of my brother. 8. If you were a cartoon what character would you be? Minnie Mouse 9. Favorite travel destination? Tahiti! It’s a travel bucket list MUST! 10. Would you prefer a mountain hide-a-way or beach house? Beach house! I love the water! 11. What is a must have item you never leave the house without? IPHONE 12. Favorite Season? Summer 13. Favorite Holiday? 4th of July. My daughter and her family come in and I get all of my children under one roof! 14. Favorite Store? Amazon 15. What do you love most about volunteering with the police department? I love giving back to my community. I learn something new every time I help out at the police station. I work with a great group of people! 16. What makes Prospect Heights a great community to live in? The small town feel of it.

News Release reference the earlier road closure for a personal injury accident at Hintz Rd and Schoenbeck Rd. The intersection is open but the accident is still remains under investigation.

*******Take a Different Route****** Hintz Rd and Schoenbeck Rd, Prospect Heights PHPD and MCAT Star Team Investigation on scene for a personal injury accident. No Further Information at this time.

PHPD is participating in the DEA's Prescription Drug Take Back Program this Saturday, October 28 from 10am-2pm. Residents can bring their unused, unwanted, and expired prescription drugs to the station for drop off no questions asked. Be advised the DEA can NOT accept NEEDLES or LIQUIDS! Only Pills and Patches. If you have any questions please contact PHPD's Non Emergency Number 847-398-5511

On 10/23/17 Christopher and Anthony Wheeler were brought to Cook County District 3 Courthouse. During their court appearance Christopher and Anthony were indicted by a Cook County Grand Jury on multiple new charges. “If it were not for the perseverance of the Prospect Heights investigative team, in particular the superb efforts and professionalism displayed by Detective Sergeant Mark Porlier and Detective Bill Caponigro, this case, the cruelest and most inhumane case of child sexual abuse ever investigated by the Prospect Heights Police Department, would not have successfully been brought to a conclusion”, said Chief of Police Al Steffen. “We would also like to extend our gratitude to Cook County State’s Attorneys Maria McCarthy and Lorna Amado-Chevlin for their hard work, guidance and assistance during this complex investigation” continued Chief Steffen.

This is helpful advice regarding the ongoing crime with ATM Skimmer Machines.

If you travel down Milwaukee Ave through Prospect Heights please take a moment to take note of the banners on our city street lights. These banners honor our hometown heroes. Don Smith (or as we call him around here, Mr. Smith) was honored for his bravery during the Korean War where he served as a Sergeant for the US Army. On April 12, 2017 Mr. Smith was part of the Chicago Honor Flight. Honor Flights celebrate US Veterans that have fought in our wars by flying Veteran's to Washington D.C. During his day in D.C. this past spring, Mr. Smith was shown several monuments including; the statue dedicated to the Marines who captured the island of Iwo Jima in Japan during WWII as well as the WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War Memorials. As Mr. Smith told us, "The Korean War Memorial was special and emotional to me as I served nearly 18 months in Incheon, Korea." Around us Mr. Smith is an icon. We get to see him several times a week when he comes to the police station to volunteer his time in assisting our Records Department. Rain or shine Mr. Smith comes in with a smile on his face, quick wit, and kind words. He has been a part of the PHPD family for close to 27 years! The department depends on him and truly appreciates every hour he volunteers. Don apologizes when he can’t stay for more than an hour when in fact we keep reminding him that even 10 minutes is a help. Thank you Mr. Smith for your service to our country and thank you for still coming to PHPD, your presence never fails to put a smile on our faces!

Great job Officer Richardson!

Nice job Skokie PD!

Detective Caponigro and Officer Willis spoke to the 5th grade classes at Anne Sullivan School this morning as part of the S.A.V.E program. S.A.V.E, Substance And Violence Education, to discuss the dangers and consequences of alcohol, drug, and tobacco use. Great group of engaged students that has many questions to ask!


With the increase of social media local garage sale sites and Craig's List transactions the Prospect Heights Police Department is an active participant in a program called Safe Zone. A designated Safe Zone location allows buyers and sellers a safer choice when making Craig's List transactions. There has been an ongoing increase in Craig's List robberies, even in our surrounding communities. We would like to offer some tips when conducting one of these transactions: *trust your instincts, if you have a seller that shows up or a buyer meet you and something "seems off" it probably is. *never go alone to meet someone *don't go to a strangers residence * meet in a well lit public area * take note of your surroundings, look around * know you can come to PHPD to meet for your transaction and let us know As always the safety of our community is our top priority!