Woodridge Police Department

  • Agency: Woodridge Police Department
  • Address: 1 Plaza Dr., Woodridge, 60517 IL
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Woodridge Police Department is located at 1 Plaza Dr., Woodridge, 60517 IL. The Woodridge Police Department phone number is 630-719-4740.

Woodridge Police Department News

⚠️ Recent increase in phone scams & a new IRS scam ⚠️ The Woodridge Police Department is receiving an increasing amount of reported phone scams, notably relating to the IRS and Microsoft. Please see below for more info about each scam. IRS ‘Tis the season for IRS scams. There’s now a new twist to an old scam, per a recent IRS news release. • After stealing client data from tax professionals and filing fraudulent tax returns, these criminals use the taxpayers' real bank accounts for the deposit. • Thieves are then using various tactics to reclaim the refund from the taxpayers • Version 1⃣: Criminals posing as debt collection agency officials acting on behalf of the IRS contacted the taxpayers to say a refund was deposited in error, and they asked the taxpayers to forward the money to their collection agency. • Version 2⃣: the taxpayer who received the erroneous refund gets an automated call with a recorded voice saying he is from the IRS and threatens the taxpayer with criminal fraud charges, an arrest warrant and a “blacklisting” of their Social Security Number. The recorded voice gives the taxpayer a case number and a telephone number to call to return the refund. How you can protect yourself: Be alert and never do business with someone who calls you and claims to be an IRS agent Link: https://tinyurl.com/y9tuq2up Microsoft • Someone from "Microsoft Tech Support" calls to fix your computer • "You have won the Microsoft Lottery" • Microsoft "requires credit card information to validate your copy of Windows" • "Microsoft" sends unsolicited email messages with attached security updates How you can protect yourself: Treat all unsolicited phone calls with skepticism. Do not provide any personal information. Call Microsoft with any questions at 1-800-426-9400 Link: https://tinyurl.com/hfwj9wb

#ThrowbackThursday (L to R) Officer Geoff Korous and Detective Kevin King pictured sometime in the 1970s. Does it look like Detective King is ahead of his time here with a smartphone in his pocket 🤔?

A key mission component of the Woodridge Police Department is to help achieve a higher quality of life for all. Similarly, Impact DuPage is requesting your input to help move DuPage County forward and improve the quality of life in DuPage. Impact DuPage seeks your opinion by taking this brief survey, and some of the questions relate to public safety. The survey should take 3-5 minutes to complete and is open through March 30, 2018. English: www.surveymonkey.com/r/impactdupage2018 Spanish: www.surveymonkey.com/r/impactdupage2018spanish.

Chief Cunningham lead a recent Citizen’s Police Academy class that’s highlighted in this video. The class featured group breakouts inviting participants to step into the role as the first arriving officer at a major crime scene. Nice job, academy students!

💡 #TipTuesday Do you know what a JUUL is? This information is especially relevant to parents/guardians of teenagers. A JUUL is a new vaping device that resembles a flash drive or marker – which is often discreet enough to hide – that is increasingly showing up at schools. More information per the Chicago Tribune: • Educators say they have seen a dramatic ⬆️ in the number of students caught vaping on campus in recent months • The devices are so new and can be so discreet that many parents/guardians don’t realize that their children are carrying them • Illinois law prohibits anyone 17 and younger from buying or possessing an alternative nicotine product of any kind, and research shows that nicotine exposure can harm still-developing brains. Some educators are asking for support at home by discussing this issue with your child and letting them know it is not something the school's administration, staff, or parents support. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-met-juul-ecigarettes-at-schools-20180209-story.html

A friendly reminder due to the recent rain that Illinois law states that motorists must use their headlights from sunset 🌆 to sunrise 🌅 and when rain 🌧️, snow ❄️, fog 🌁, or poor weather conditions require the use of windshield wipers. Turning on your headlights increases your safety on the road and that of all drivers by improving visibility. The National Weather Service expects the Chicago area to have periods of showers 🌧️ and isolated t-storms ⛈️ through Tuesday night with rainfall of 1⃣”- 4⃣” possible. As a result of the predicted heavy rain, melting snow, and frozen ground, the US National Weather Service Chicago Illinois issued a flood watch. Also, please help prevent localized flooding by clearing drainage structures of debris.

BRRRRING IT ON! For the next 2⃣4⃣ hours, Officer McIntyre is breaking out his swim gear 🏊, sunglasses 🕶️, and gloves 🧤 for the Law Enforcement Torch Run Polar Plunge. He will take 24 icy dips (once an hour, every hour) into Lake Michigan. With every gutsy splash, He’ll be helping Special Olympics Illinois athletes discover how glorious it is to be a Special Olympics champion 🏅. The Woodridge Police Department is dedicated to participating in activities that benefit the community, such as the Polar Plunge. Please wish him luck in the comment section below! #PlungeWITH

#ThrowbackThursday Community Service Officer Lindblom reviews files in 1979 before he became a police officer in 1981. Yesterday, Officer Lindblom (ret.) taught the Citizen’s Police Academy about evidence. Collecting evidence in real life is a lot different from how Hollywood portrays it in popular shows like CSI. The Woodridge Police Department continues to invest in training and technology to stay on the cutting edge when collecting evidence.

I want to introduce you to L (short for Elaine) our Woodridge Police Chief of the day. From this point on she wants all officers to wear red cowboy boots. Thanks for the valentine cookies!

Our deepest condolences to the members of the Chicago Police Department and the family, friends and loved ones of Commander Bauer. We mourn with our brothers and sisters in law enforcement.

💡 #TipTuesday: Firefighters appreciate residents clearing the snow from fire hydrants near their property as they shovel their sidewalks. Seconds count ⏱️ when responding to a fire in progress - any time spent digging out a hydrant is time not spent fighting the blaze 👩‍🚒 🔥.

Did you know that Woodridge has more than 2⃣0⃣0⃣ miles of roadways? Please help the snowplow drivers keep the roads safe and clear during this snowfall. Here are two ways to help: 1) Avoid shoveling snow back into the street - this causes ice patches, which are hazardous to drivers and snowplows. 2) Please do not park on the street. Parking is not allowed on any street on which there is an accumulation of snow two inches or greater in depth or which is being cleared or plowed. These two things will help allow snow plows to maneuver and clear the streets to ensure access by emergency services vehicles. If you do not absolutely have to be out, please try to stay off the roads. Woodridge Public Works crews are working hard to maintain the roads, but the snow is making for dangerous conditions. Thank you

❄️Here is the definitive guide about what to expect for the incoming snowstorm from the US National Weather Service Chicago Illinois​ 🌨️. There’s a Winter Storm Warning in effect from 6 p.m. Thursday until 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9. Essentially, the Village of Woodridge should expect 6-10 inches by Friday at 6 a.m. Suggested items to keep in your vehicle include: • 📱 cell phone • Blankets • 🔦 Flashlight • 🇨🇭 First aid kit • 👕 Extra clothes • 🐱 kitty litter for traction • Shovel • 🔋 battery booster cables

💡 #TipTuesday “It’s called an acceleration lane, people. When you get into the interstate, you gotta accelerate to be at the same speed that people are traveling on the interstate.” -Trooper Ben, Kansas Highway Patrol Troop C. In this viral video (2,000,000+ views and counting), Trooper Ben provides tips on how to merge onto the highway. This advice is certainly applicable to merging onto the two interstates (I-355 and I-55) that run through Woodridge. Link: https://www.facebook.com/KHPTroopC/videos/vb.1521422841506254/1944286425886558/?type=2&theater&comment_id=1903787823284561&reply_comment_id=165050294136851¬if_t=video_comment¬if_id=1517844703273615

⚠️ WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE ⚠️ There’s a U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) Winter Weather Advisory in effect from February 5, 12:00 PM CST until February 6, 12:00 AM CST in Woodridge. Expect slippery road conditions, including during the evening commute. Total snow accumulations of 3⃣ to 6⃣inches are expected. Please reduce your speed ⬇️ and increase ⬆️ your distance between cars 🚗 🚗 🚗

As the excitement grows for the big game 🏈, the Woodridge Police Department reminds you to please make sure your plans include a #DesignatedDriver for everyone's safety.

You may have heard that Facebook is changing what you see in your News Feed, putting a greater focus on posts from family and friends and content with lots of interaction. This might mean you may see less of us in your Facebook News Feed 🙁. If you don’t want to miss posts from us here’s what you can do: Select “see us first" in your News Feed. Facebook lets you choose a few pages or friends to prioritize in your News Feed. Go to the Woodridge Police Department Facebook page, look below the cover video, click on “Following” drop-down menu (it may also be called “Follow”), and choose "See First." A) Here are other options: • Information Portal: http://gis.vil.woodridge.il.us/wpdportal/ B) Social Media: • Twitter: https://twitter.com/WoodridgePolice • Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/woodridgepolice/?hl=en • Nextdoor: https://nextdoor.com/agency-detail/il/woodridge/woodridge-police-department/ • YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsf7NJosYIf5Wjs39RmZZWQ C) Village of Woodridge Communications: • Everbridge Community Notification System: https://member.everbridge.net/index/892807736722923#/login • Notify me email: http://il-woodridge.civicplus.com/list.aspx • Focus on Woodridge newsletter (mailed on a quarterly basis) • Water Bill Brief: As part of the water bill mailings the Village sends, a simple newsletter is included that contains Village information. • Woodridge E-News: https://tinyurl.com/ycsjs82m The Woodridge Police Department is committed to having an active partnership with residents to maintain a safe community. Do you have an idea of what content you'd like to see from us on Facebook? Please leave a comment below and let us know. Thank you

Is your car locked? Locking your car doors can make your wildest dreams come true - or maybe not. But it can help you from becoming a victim of a burglary to a motor vehicle. -It’s only January and burglaries to motor vehicles in Woodridge are 📈 -Almost all of the vehicles broken into were unlocked 🔓 -Fortunately, officers cleared some of the cases -Car burglaries are very difficult cases to solve as there is usually very little physical evidence left behind after one has occurred Vote for locking it up. Lock Your Car – That’s the Key 🔒🚗🔑

The Woodridge Police Department recognized outstanding officers and civilians in a recent award ceremony for extraordinary efforts to maintain a safe community. This video briefly recaps the event. Please join us in congratulating the award winners for going above and beyond the call of duty.

#TipTuesday: In response to several complaints received about dogs off leash in Woodridge, a reminder that Village ordinance requires that dogs be on a leash when on public property. 🚶‍🐩🐕 Per the Village code, a leash should securely fasten to a dog’s collar or harness and “shall in no case be longer than eight feet (8⃣'), and shall be of sufficient strength to keep such dog under control.” You never know what you might come across while walking a dog. A leash allows you to have control if Fido tries to dart into traffic 🚗, chase a duck🦆, or make a new friend🐾.

Congratulations to Ryan Gustis of Meadowview School for his inspiring work with the homeless! Per WGN, Ryan noticed homeless and hungry people when his family came down to the city of Chicago during the holiday season. He decided to assemble backpacks with items like chapstick, sanitizers, gloves, etc. Nice job, Ryan!

#ThrowbackThursday: Woodridge police officers receive awards from Chief Kagann sometime in the 1960s. The Woodridge Police Department awards ceremony is next week. The award categories include the Life Saving Award, Commendation Award, Letter of Recognition, Merit Award, Civilian of the Year, and Sworn Officer of the Year. The awards recognize the hard work and dedication of the Woodridge Police Department.

⚠️ Scam alert ⚠️ Scammers Using Caller ID “spoofing” to Impersonate Police A number of Woodridge residents reported receiving phone calls from scammers impersonating the Woodridge Police Department. This is how the scam typically works: • Your caller ID says the number is the police department so you answer • The “officer” says he or she is calling to settle a warrant, collect a fine, or resolve a criminal matter • The scammer asks you to put the money on a gift card, wire the funds, or use Bitcoin Scammers can rig the caller ID to make it appear they’re calling from anywhere using special software. Please do not rely on caller ID for accuracy – scammers easily spoof it to try to gain your trust. This is what to do if you suspect a scam: • Do not send any money. Law enforcement will not ask for payment over the phone • Hang up and don’t call back (although it is tempting to get in the last word, you may provide them info they can use later) • Always try to verify with whom you’re speaking – even if you ask for their phone number and call the person back. • File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission here: https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/#crnt&panel1-1

The Tactical Unit presented on the SWAT - Mobile Field Force today at the Woodridge Citizen Police Academy. Pictured is academy participant Laura with a 35lbs SWAT vest. One student asked a Tactical officer what motivated him to join the Tactical Unit. He said, “For me, I do it to better the community. I think about what kind of community I’d like to raise my kids in.”

Today is National Compliment Day. Compliments are free, easy to give, and they make people happy. To all of our community members: you’re awesome 👍. We strive to provide dedicated professional service, no matter the situation, and greatly appreciate the active partnership with Village of Woodridge residents. #NationalComplimentDay