Aurora Police Department

  • Agency: Aurora Police Department
  • Address: 1200 E Indian Trl, Aurora, 60505 IL
  • Chief: Gregory Thomas (Chief of Police)
Phone: 630-256-5000
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Aurora Police Department is located at 1200 E Indian Trl, Aurora, 60505 IL. The Chief of Police of the department is Gregory Thomas. The Aurora Police Department phone number is 630-256-5000.

Aurora Police Department News

Absolutely gut wrenching. Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office Deputy Sheriff Taylor Lindsey and Sgt. Noel Ramirez, were murdered while they were eating lunch in Trenton, FL. Rest peacefully heroes.

Three men--- two 28 year olds and a 38 year old--- were fired upon around 12:10 a.m. today, April 20, in the 1700 block of Violet St. They said three men in an older, white minivan, followed them from a gas station in the 1700 block of N. Farnsworth to where the shooting occurred and fired numerous shots at them. No one was hit but the vehicle the victims were in was struck once. The victims could not give discernable suspect descriptions. If you know anything, please call Investigations at 630-256-5500 or Aurora Area Crime Stoppers at 630-892-1000.

Another hero gives the ultimate sacrifice. Rest peacefully Town of Whitestown, NY Police Department Officer Kevin Crossley.

We secured charges through the Kane County State’s Attorney on a 16 year old Aurora boy after a loaded handgun was found under the car seat in which he was sitting during a traffic stop around 2 a.m., April 16. The boy was charged with four counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and taken to the Kane County Youth Home. The traffic stop occurred at Galena and Blackhawk after the 28 year old driver failed to use his turn signal at May and Charles Streets and failed to stop at Blackhawk and New York. After stopping the vehicle, the officers directed the pair out of the vehicle so a K-9 could perform an open air sniff of the car for any contraband. When they exited, one of the officers spotted an unspent bullet on the seat where the boy was sitting. A more thorough search of the vehicle uncovered several more ammunition rounds and a small package of purported cocaine. The driver was released without being charged pending further investigation.

A 20 year old Aurora man was shot at around 2 a.m. this morning, April 18, as he was getting out of his vehicle at Center and East Park Avenues. At least one shot was fired at the man by an occupant of a silver Hyundai Sonata that had pulled up next to him on Center. The vehicle was occupied by three or four other men, however, the victim could not provide a more discernable description of the occupants. The man ducked when he saw the gun and the shot missed him but did hit his car causing about $200 in damage. The suspect vehicle drove off eastbound on Center and turned northbound on Fifth St. If you saw or know anything, please call Detectives at 630-256-5500 or Crime Stoppers at 630-892-1000.

Intersections with the most injury/fatal crashes thru March 31 (and the number of crashes): 1. Eola & Liberty (6) 2. New York & Rt. 59 (5) 3. Galena & Highland; and Galena & Orchard (4) Let's slow down, put down the phones and "watch out for the other guy". Be safe Aurora.

Important reminder from the City.

It was on this day 90 years ago that Aurora Police Officer Thompson Richardson was murdered in the line of duty. We will never forget Officer Richardson's service and sacrifice.

We have released video clips and still shots taken from a bank surveillance system and a video previously posted to social media that depict the exchange of gunfire between two of our officers and Santiago Calderon of Aurora. The shooting occurred at approximately 9:45 p.m. March 22, when two Special Operations Investigators followed a green Chevrolet SUV they had seen leaving a known gang house in the 200 block of S. Lake St. When they pulled the vehicle over for an equipment violation in the first block of E. Galena Blvd., Calderon, 36, of the 700 block of E. Galena, Aurora, the driver of the vehicle, fired shots at the officers. He then took off eastbound where he hit a 2009 Chevy Malibu being driven by a 19 year old Aurora man at Galena and Broadway (Rt. 25). Calderon ran from his vehicle and exchanged gunfire with the two investigators. During the exchange of gunfire, Calderon was fatally shot in a parking lot on LaSalle St. between Galena and Downer Pl. When the officers went to render medical aid to Calderon, a gun was found at his side. He was pronounced dead at the scene. One of the Investigators suffered a gunshot wound to the leg while the other investigator suffered a shoulder injury (not a gunshot injury) when he was taking cover. Both were treated and released from an Aurora Hospital. The passenger in the suspect vehicle, a 24 year old Aurora man, did not flee during the incident. He was taken into custody by responding officers. He was treated and released from an Aurora hospital. The passenger was not charged in the incident and was released by Aurora Police the morning of March 23. The 19 year old man involved in the crash with Calderon refused medical treatment. He was the only occupant in his vehicle. Because the surveillance videos, at times, are difficult to see, we took some screen shots and highlighted key moments in the encounter. Please remember these are taken from bank surveillance cameras and appear “jumpy”. Also, the ATM and Bank Parking Lot cameras are not synchronized so there are some minor discrepancies in timing. Bank ATM Machine: 9:45:42-Calderon is seen running from an SOG Investigator toward the white SUV in the parking lot where the exchange of shots takes place. 9:45:44-The SOG Investigator is seen chasing Calderon. 9:45:48-The SOG Investigator hits the ground after Calderon again begins firing. Calderon is standing on the front side of the SUV out of camera range. 9:45:53-The Investigator and Calderon are exchanging gunshots. Again, Calderon is off-camera. 9:46:05-The gunshots have stopped and the two Investigators take cover behind the SUV. Not knowing if Calderon still has a gun and may start shooting, the two Investigators await backup officers. Parking Lot: 9:45:37-Calderon is seen next to the white SUV at the top of the photo. An SOG Investigator is seen next to the other vehicle. The two are exchanging gunfire. 9:45:45- The second SOG Investigator is shown on the left side of the screen where he also shoots at Calderon. Calderon attempts to flee the scene on foot but collapses. The arrow is the approximate location of where Calderon collapses. 9:45:57- The Investigators take cover behind the white SUV and await backup. The third video, shot by a citizen, shows some of the unfolding incident and our initial response. You can hear the officers yelling at Calderon at the beginning of the clip. The citizen provided the captions in this video. The continuing investigation is being conducted by the Kane County Major Crimes Task Force.

Intersections with the most traffic crashes (and the number of crashes) thru March 31: 1. Indian Trail & Lake (18) 2. Eola & Ogden/Rt. 34 (17) 3. Galena & Orchard; New York & Rt. 59 and Eola & Liberty (16) 4. Rt. 59 & Ogden/Rt. 34 (13) 5. McCoy & Rt. 59 (12) Slow down, don't drive distracted and drive defensively! Be safe Aurora.

We got the posters out on display that were made last year by students at Waubonsie Valley High School, C F Simmons Middle School, Henry W Cowherd Middle School , and Francis Granger Middle School along with the kids from Resurrection Church to remind everyone that April is Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Well look what happened on this day in 1961. Hmmm. Won't be happening this year...

A retired teacher wanted on Child Pornography charges through the Kane County State's Attorney's Office Child Advocacy Center was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound Saturday, April 14. The body of Robert L. James, 63, of the 1600 block of Garfield Ave., Aurora, was found around 1:30 p.m. in a field in the 100 block of W. Indian Trail by two men who are caretakers for the property. The Kane County Coroner's Office responded to the scene and took possession of the body. James was retired from West Aurora School District 129.

Save the Date! Starting one week from today, Monday, April 23, we'll open the testing process to become an Aurora Police Officer. The link has everything you need to know about joining one of the most elite law enforcement agencies in the country. Do you have what it takes?

UPDATED POST: The roadway is now open. Eola closed between Liberty and Sheffer for an extended period for a serious injury crash in DuPage County Sheriff's Office jurisdiction.

A hero is murdered while serving and protecting. Godspeed Yarmouth Police Dept. Officer Sean Gannon.

Between 4:15 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. April 11, a 14 year old boy and a 17 year old girl allegedly spray painted gang-related slogans and other graffiti on six vehicles, a garage, a retention wall and a dumpster all in the 100 block of Wilder St. The damage was set at $14,260. Because our Patrol Officers knew where possible suspects in the area lived, they were able to swiftly locate the offenders, question them, and secure charges through the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office. Each were charged with one felony count of Criminal Damage to Property. The boy was released to his parents while the girl was taken to the Youth Home. Nice job guys…

TRAFFIC ALERT STARTING THIS MONDAY: Construction work will necessitate the closing of East New York St. between LaSalle St. and Lincoln Ave. from 9 am to 3 pm, starting on Monday, April 16 and ending on Wednesday, April 19. Please follow the posted detour utilizing Lincoln Ave. Galena Blvd. and Broadway/Rt. 25. Please use caution in the area.

We secured multiple felonies through the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office on a 39 year old Aurora man after he was allegedly seen tossing a handgun after causing a four-vehicle crash on April 9. Linneal L. Washington of the 300 block of Superior St., faces five counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and a single count of unlawful possession of ammunition by a felon. He was also charged with driving too fast for conditions in connection with the chain reaction crash that occurred around 3:25 p.m. at Lake St. and Rathbone Ave. After the crash, Washington was seen by witnesses running across traffic and throwing an object on the east side of Lake St. He then ran back to his car, got in and waited for police to arrive. Upon learning of his behavior, Police looked for the object and found a loaded handgun inside of a pouch in a ditch. Washington was the last car in the crash which occurred while all four cars were southbound on Lake. When traffic came to a halt near Ridgeway, Washington rear-ended the car in front of him. The force caused that vehicle to hit the vehicle in front of it which then hit the first car. There were no injuries and no other tickets were issued. The charges are not proof of guilt. Washington is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which it is the burden of the State to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Our Area Two Community Policing Officers were out in force on April 5 when they targeted drivers who were illegally using cell phones while driving. The six-hour detail encompassed the 800 to 2400 blocks of N. Farnsworth Ave., including an active construction zone in the 800 block. A combined total of 34 citations or written warnings for unlawful use of a cell phone while driving were issued by the officers. One person was arrested for not having a valid driver’s license. Please put down the phones! Yours (or someone else’s) life may depend on it…

A great salute to our "Heroes with Headsets" during National Public Safety Telecommuicators Week produced by Motorola Solutions.

What started as a loud music call ended up with two felony gun charges being lodged through the Kane County State's Attorney's Office on a 17 year old Auroran. Around 2:15 a.m. April 8, one of our Patrol Officers responding to the call came across the teen along with a 16 year old boy and 18 year old man, all sitting in an illegally parked vehicle in the 1000 block of N. Pleasure Ct. When the Officer looked inside the vehicle, he saw the trio crouching down as if trying not to be seen. Upon questioning the three, the officer smelled burnt cannabis coming from inside the car. Upon learning the age of the two younger teens and the cannabis odor, the three were asked to exit the vehicle. When the officers searched the car, a 25 caliber handgun was found under the seat where the 17 year old had been sitting. Upon investigation, the 17 year old was charged with two counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. The 16 year old was charged with curfew and the 18 year old charged with allowing underage persons to be out after curfew.

We’ve secured single counts of aggravated robbery through the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office on two men in connection with a gas station convenience store robbery that occurred Wednesday morning, April 11, on Aurora’s Far East Side. The men, Nicholas Poulopoulos, 25, of the 2600 block of Village Green Dr., Aurora; and Joshua D. Young, 19, of the 700 block of Farragut Ave., Romeoville, allegedly worked in tandem to rob the BP Gas Station in the 2500 block of Ogden Ave. Poulopoulos is a suspect in two other recent robberies that all occurred just blocks from each other on Ogden. Around 6:10 a.m. Wednesday, we responded to the gas station after a 33 year old man working as a clerk was robbed at gunpoint by Poulopoulos who made off with an undisclosed amount of cash and then ran to a waiting pickup truck being driven by Young. Within minutes of the robbery, the pair were taken into custody by several of our officers in the parking lot of the apartment complex where Poulopoulos lives. The officers had earlier received a tip that Poulopoulos may be involved in the robberies and immediately went to his address after the robbery occurred. The officers recovered a plastic toy gun found on him. Poulopoulos is also suspected of robbing Nancy’s Pizza in the 2600 block of Ogden around 7:35 p.m. Tuesday, April 10. In that incident, the suspect allegedly demanded money at gunpoint from a 30 year old male employee of the business and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. He then ran northbound from the restaurant. The other robbery occurred just after 3 p.m. Sunday, April 8, at Thornton’s Gas Station in the 2800 block of Ogden. In that incident, the suspect implied he had a weapon and demanded money from a 57 year old woman and 23 year old man working as clerks. He made off with an undisclosed amount of money and was last seen running northbound. No charges have yet been filed in the other two robberies while we continue our investigation with the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office. The only injury in any of the incidents was to Poulopoulos who hurt his shoulder when being taken into custody. He was treated and released from an Aurora hospital on Wednesday morning. Both men are being held in the DuPage County Jail. The charges are not proof of guilt. The two men are presumed innocent and are entitled to fair trials at which it is the burden of the State to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Extremely disturbing article in today's Daily Herald on what the Kane County State's Attorney's Office is experiencing and some sound advice from State's Attorney Joe McMahon and Deb Bree from the Child Advocacy Center.

Oh the irony! Humorus story about a serious topic courtesy of ABC News.