Lake Forest Police Department

  • Agency: Lake Forest Police Department
  • Address: 255 W. Deerpath, Lake Forest, 60045 IL
  • Chief: Joseph C Buerger (Chief of Police)

Lake Forest Police Department is located at 255 W. Deerpath, Lake Forest, 60045 IL. The Chief of Police of the department is Joseph C Buerger. The Lake Forest Police Department phone number is 847-234-2601.

Lake Forest Police Department News

Noah's Rest is an important part of the support system for victims of domestic violence here in Lake County. Please consider supporting their valuable work by attending their event this Saturday evening or by visiting

A very special recognition to Officer Troy DeVries and Community Service Officer Madison Tomasiewicz in the their efforts to help stop the opioid crisis currently gripping our county and nation. Last month Officer DeVries and CSO Tomasiewicz each delivered a life saving dose of Naloxone to people who would not have survived otherwise. The Lake Forest Police Department is provided Naloxone injectors for all its officers by the Lake County Health Department Lake County Health Department / Community Health Center to counter the effects of an opioid overdose. Together with our partners in the Lake County Opioid Initiative our department is always working tirelessly to help find solutions to stem this epidemic.

Thank you to everyone in our friendly community who turned out this morning at Starbucks this year for our annual “Coffee with a Cop”. Our officers really enjoyed your kind words and conversations.

Come join us this morning for Coffee with a Cop! 👮 Officers from our department will be at the East Side Lake Forest Starbucks until 9:30am to talk about anything from coffee to community concerns!

Thank you to everyone who made this years Lake Forest Police and Lake Forest Police Foundation Bike Rodeo possible. A special thanks to Officer Rob Monahan, Officer Andy Shiu, and Records Clerk Kasey Morgan for organizing this event along with all our dedicated volunteers and sponsors. This time the weather more than cooperated for a great time for all.

Due to a project currently underway by Metra, the railroad crossing at Half Day Road (Route 22) just west of Rt. 43 (Waukegan Rd) will be closed for track repairs and resurfacing from September 28 at 9:00am through October 2 at 6:00am. This will undoubtedly cause extra congestion on roads in the City of Lake Forest, Illinois Government. Please see the attached images provided by the Village of Bannockburn which indicate alternate routes for commuters who normally use Half Day Rd.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. Do not accept calls or emails from anyone offering to provide help in response to the recent data breach suffered by Equifax. For more information on what to do if you suspect your personal data was exposed in the Equifax data breach please use the attached link to the Federal Trade Commission’s web page. On the page are detailed suggestions on what to do next including a link to the official Equifax web page for consumer help with the breach.

In keeping with City of Lake Forest, Illinois Government environmental initiatives and the goals of the Lake Forest Collaborative for Environmental Leadership (LFCEL) we are transitioning to an all electric fleet of parking enforcement vehicles. Meet the Polaris GEM e2 battery powered vehicle. It has a range of up to 45 miles per charge and is easy to service and operate.

A big thank you to the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Waukegan for the happy cookies!

Officer Miniscalco hands out free donuts to BMW Tournament goers who forget to park at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee.

For those attending the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club this weekend GENERAL ADMISSION PARKING IS AT Six Flags Great America IN GURNEE. Shuttle buses will take you from Six Flags to the front gate of the tournament. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO PARK NEAR THE GOLF COURSE IF YOU ARE A GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET HOLDER.

A reminder for tomorrow's commute, City of Lake Forest, Illinois Government is host to the BMW Championship all week at Conway Farms Golf Club. The West Train Station has very limited parking available. To avoid delays it is strongly recommended commuters make alternate travel arrangements and avoid this area tomorrow morning if at all possible.

Wildlife Discovery Center thank you for your post today. We greatly appreciate your sharing of the Remembrance Ceremony.

The R/R Crossing at Westleigh Rd west of Rt.41 is now OPEN again.

Beginning next week City of Lake Forest, Illinois Government will be home to the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club. Please review the attached map for important parking information for commuters who plan to use the Lake Forest West Side Train Station next week. Commuter parking will be very limited during this event so please plan ahead.

For the past 17 years in rain, snow, or sun this man has been helping keep the children of our community safer and making Lake Forest a better place to live. Thank you Ralph Peterson for all you do!

This week is the 30th Anniversary for our two most experienced people, Officer Robert Heelan (left) and Officer Jim Fahey (right). They attended the Police Training Institute at the University of Illinois in 1987. Together, they have served in nearly every specialty position we have. Between them, they have answered thousands of calls, made hundreds of arrests, received numerous awards, and devoted a combined total of six decades to making Lake Forest a safer place. Committed professionals like Bob Heelan and Jim Fahey form the foundation of police departments across the country. They are the bedrock of public safety here, and we couldn’t imagine what the past three decades would have been without them. Congratulations!

Community schools are back in session. Review the attached illustration on school bus stop arm law. A young life depends on it.

This year marks the first appearance of the LFPD Honor Guard in the Lake Forest Day Parade.

End of Watch. This month we remember and honor Officer Clyde Merl Spradling. Officer Spradling was was killed on patrol in a motorcycle versus car accident on July 25, 1915. He was 26 years old with four years of service. His name is listed on panel 49-E: 20 of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C.

As Lake County recovers from significant flooding, we continue to see sporadic thefts of cars from driveways throughout the area, including Lake Forest, most recently on July 18th when two cars were taken from a home on Beverly Place. In total we have experienced 21 stolen cars in 2016 and 2017. In every case, the cars were unlocked with the keys or fobs inside. Please help us keep Lake Forest safe by locking your cars, garages and homes. Thank you and stay safe!

Last night was an important one for our friends at the Lake Bluff Police Department! Thomas Vinson (left) was promoted to Sergeant, Matthew Smizinski (center) was promoted to Deputy Chief of Police, and Andrew Belanger (right) was sworn in as LBPD's newest officer. Congratulations to all!

From our friends at the Lake County Division of Transportation. While roads are open in Lake Forest, numerous roads around us are expected to be closed for rush hour tomorrow. Visit for the latest on road closures.

The truck and trailer that had been flooded on Route 41 north of Route 176 have been removed and IDOT has opened the road. Route 41 is now open the length of Lake Forest and Lake Bluff!

Update at 3:40 PM: Northbound Route 41 is now open all the way up to Route 60, where all traffic is diverted onto Route 60 (Route 41 is still closed farther north in Lake Bluff). Southbound Route 41 from Route 60 will be open in just a few minutes. Deerpath underneath Route 41 is still closed at this time.