Princeton Police Department

  • Agency: Princeton Police Department
  • Address: 605 Elm Pl, Princeton, 61356 IL
  • Chief: Thomas F Root (Chief of Police)
Phone: 815-872-2351

Princeton Police Department is located at 605 Elm Pl, Princeton, 61356 IL. The Chief of Police of the department is Thomas F Root. The Princeton Police Department phone number is 815-872-2351.

Princeton Police Department News

Please come join the Princeton Police Department on Wednesday November 7th at the Prouty Building for the Morning Mingle. Ben will be speaking about scams and how they effect you and how you can protect yourself from becoming a victim. Hope to see you there!

On Friday October 26, 2018, Brik A. Wedekind, 27, of Princeton was charged by criminal information with Criminal Sexual Assault (720 ILCS 5/11-1.20(a)(4)), a class 1 felony. The charges stem from an investigation conducted by The Princeton Police Department in cooperation with the Bureau County State’s Attorney’s Office and Princeton High School District #500. Princeton Police were made aware of an allegation regarding Wedekind, a school district employee, having a relationship with a minor under his supervision. Further investigation revealed that Wedekind, a coach at Princeton High School, allegedly engaged in a sexual relationship with a student/athlete while in a position of authority (coach). A warrant was issued for Wedekind’s arrest. He posted a cash bond of $70,000/10%. His arraignment is set for November 14, 2018 at 1:15PM. This in an ongoing investigation, no further comment will be offered at this time. The Bureau County State’s Attorney and the Princeton Police Department ask that if anyone has further information regarding this case that they please contact the Princeton Police Department at 815-875-2631. The Princeton Police wish to remind the public and the news media that a charge is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty. The Princeton Police Department will not be commenting any further on the initial press release.

The Princeton Police Department is participating in the #AftermathK9Grant Competition. Please go to and vote for us! Vote early, Vote often! There are a lot of communities going for this grant so every vote will hep. K9 Roy and K9 Renda thank you for your support.

On Sunday, September 23, 2018 at approximately 4:15 PM the Princeton Police Department responded to the intersection of Main Street and Peru Street for a report of an accident with injuries. Upon arrival, they encountered two subjects, later identified as Daniel Richard of Sugar Grove and Nora Fenza of Oglesby, lying in the intersection being treated by Princeton EMS personnel. Both subjects were transported to Perry Memorial Hospital with significant injuries. Fenza succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead at Perry. According to witnesses the two injured parties were riding on a motorcycle east bound on Peru Street when they struck a vehicle driven by Tyler Barnas who was traveling west bound on Peru. The collision took place in the intersection resulting in the ejection of Fenza and Richard from the motorcycle. The Princeton Police Department is seeking witnesses to the accident, asking them to contact the department at 815-875-2631 if they have not already spoken to us. We would also like to thank all of the bystanders who stopped to assist us following this accident. Serious incidents like this one tie up all of our available resources. The assistance with traffic direction and scene control was greatly appreciated. We would like to offer our condolences to the family and friends of Nora Fenza. This investigation is ongoing. There will be no further information released at this time. If further details become available they will be released at that time. Thank you. Tom Kammerer Chief of Police

Commercial Burglary 600 Block of North Main Street Princeton, IL Monday September 17, 2018 On Monday, September 17, 2018 @ 7:00 AM, Princeton Police were dispatched to a business in the 600 block of North Main Street for a report of a burglary. The offenders were no longer on the scene. The burglary is believed to have occurred between 2:40 AM and 5:40 AM based upon the available evidence gathered to this point. The Princeton Police Department is seeking information from anyone who may have seen suspicious activity, persons or vehicles in the area of the 500-700 block of Main, or in the alleys or streets in that area. Anyone with information is asked to call the Princeton Police Department at 815-875-2631.

Recently, many of you have been following an ongoing dispute on Facebook involving a former Princeton Police Department employee who retired on July 1, 2012. The crux of this dispute is a less than an amicable breakup of a romantic relationship having nothing to do with the Princeton Police Department. Several parties, many hiding behind false accounts, have made posts disparaging the Princeton Police Department. None of them are based upon fact. I have been the chief in Princeton for almost five months now. I am impressed with the community support, partnerships and involvement I have experienced in my brief time here. I know the informed, educated citizens of Princeton do not subscribe to the belief that our department is corrupt. However, they too have expressed their displeasure to me over the rantings of people who are content to hide behind their keyboard and false accounts to espouse their misguided, misinformed ramblings. I am a big believer in transparency. If there is wrongdoing to be discovered then, by all means, I want to find it. I have nearly 25 years of experience in law enforcement. I have investigated police misconduct on several occasions, going so far as to arrest police officers for breaking the law. I hold myself, and the officers of the Princeton Police Department, to a very high standard. If you want to challenge our integrity you had better have some evidence to back up your claim. If you don't, and you slander this department with statements we can prove untrue, then we will take every legal means necessary to defend our reputation. If the former employee who is participating in this juvenile exchange participated in any wrongdoing during his tenure, I will see to it that it is investigated thoroughly. If that means having an uninvolved third party conduct the investigation I will totally support it. I am proud of the men and women who currently work for the Princeton Police Department. There are also many honorably retired employees who are disappointed by the recently posted messages slandering the department they proudly worked for. It is for their sake that I challenge who ever believes they have evidence of corruption to bring it forward. If you are basing your accusations off of rumor and innuendo then shame on you. I await your response. I, Tom Kammerer, Chief of Police for the City of Princeton, authored this message and approve of its content. Thank you.

September 11th, or Patriots Day, serves as a solemn reminder to us of the inherent dangers associated with the profession we have chosen. Firefighters, Paramedics, Military Veterans and Police Officers all chose to serve the public knowing these dangers existed. Our families support us. Our communities support us. That support was evident yesterday. I had the honor to attend the Memorial Service in Soldiers and Sailors Park and the First Responders dinner at the Princeton Moose Lodge and I must say it was humbling. My family was also present and witnessed the support the community provides on a daily basis. The Princeton Police Department would like to thank the Princeton Chamber of Commerce for organizing the 9/11 Memorial Ceremony in Soldiers and Sailors Park yesterday. The event was well organized, thoughtfully expressing gratitude to those who chose public service as their career. We truly appreciate your support. We also want to thank the PHS Choir, under the direction of Brandon Crawford, for their amazing performance yesterday. We would also like to thank the Princeton Moose Lodge for the First Responders dinner they provided to several area first responders and their families last night. The event was very well attended, providing an opportunity for us to meet the families of our fellow first responders while enjoying a great meal. We truly appreciate the community support from the citizens of Princeton.

Today, the Princeton Police Department began posting No Parking signs in anticipation of the upcoming Homestead festivities. Our intent is to provide enough notice to motorists so they will not park in the designated No Parking areas. We will enforce the No Parking violations shortly after the time designated on the signs in the No Parking areas. If the vehicles are not removed in a timely manner by the vehicle owner they will be ticketed and towed at the owners expense. Following are the designated no parking areas: Craft Show/Car Show: East side of Main Street by Soldiers and Sailors Park- No Parking from 8:00 AM Friday until the the conclusion of the Car Show on Sunday West side of Main Street in front of the Courthouse- No parking after 4:00 PM Friday until the conclusion of the Car Show on Sunday Main Street will be closed between the Courthouse and Soldiers and Sailors Park after 4:00 PM Friday until the conclusion of the Car Show on Sunday Street Concert: Main Street will be closed between Peru and Marion for the Street Concert beginning at 3:00 PM Friday until the conclusion of the Street Concert Friday night. Parade: Main Street will be closed from Elm Place to Park Avenue for the Homestead Parade on Saturday beginning at Noon until the conclusion of the parade. During that same time there will be no parking on: Pleasant Street between Park avenue and Boyd Park Avenue West between Pleasant and First Boyd Street from Main to First Park Avenue West from Main to the old library Park Avenue West from the Courthouse to Gosse First Street between Park and Boyd (west side of street) South Church Street from Marion to Park Avenue East Beer Garden: Bicentennial north of Darius Miller Park beginning Wednesday until the conclusion of the Beer Garden. Plenty of parking in the gravel lot south of the depot. While these parking bans may be an inconvenience, there are ample routes available for travel throughout town. Please plan accordingly. There are several municipal parking lots available for parade parking. Attached is a map indicating the location of these lots. Parking will also be allowed on streets where it is normally legal to park and not otherwise posted as a no parking zone for this event. Please keep in mind that wind and rain may cause some of the parking signs to fall off of the posts. The no parking order is still in effect as indicated in the earlier narrative regardless of the condition of the signs. Thus far this summer we have not had to tow a single vehicle for the Street Concert parking ban. We would like to continue that trend through the Homestead weekend. Please pass this information along to friends and family who plan to attend the event. Thank you Tom Kammerer Chief of Police Princeton Police Department

The Princeton Police department would like to thank the community for attending our 2nd National Night Out. It was wonderful to see all support given to us by everyone that attended. We would also like to thank all the vendors: Grandma Rosies Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center CPASA Norberg Memorial Home (Face painting) Bureau County EMA Bureau County Sheriff’s Department Freedom House Lincoln’s Challenge Braveheart AT & T – Amanda Skaggs Steve Taylor Wyaton Hills Golf Course BueComm Princeton Police Explorers Princeton Fire Department Princeton Street Department Princeton Electric Department To all the city and county employees that participated we appreciate all your time and help We look forward to National Night Out on August 6, 2019.

The wait is over – we accepted the challenge from Chillicothe Police Department. We would like to thank 815 Media for producing this video for us. We challenge Naperville Police Department, Mendota Illinois Police Department, Utica Fire Department, and Princeton Fire Department. #lipsyncchallenge

Please join us for National Night Out on August 7, 2018

CONGRATULATIONS TO ROB JENSEN for being awarded 2018 IDOA D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year!! Rob is pictured with Kim Giugler, Illinois DARE Training Coordinator. He is also pictured with his family Rachel, Abby and Marilyn Jensen.

Congratulations to Officer Rob Jensen as 2018 D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year. Rob has been the D.A.R.E. Officer for the police department for over 20 years. Job well done!

On Thursday May 10, 2018 at approximately 9:13 PM Princeton Police were dispatched to the 200 block of Dutch Elm Drive for a report of gun shots being fired. Upon arrival officers spoke with several witnesses who reported hearing what they believed to be multiple gunshots, possibly fired from a vehicle. Evidence on the scene confirmed that several shots were in fact fired. After carefully canvassing the neighborhood it was determined that no one was injured during the incident. The Princeton Police Department, in conjunction with the Bureau/Putnam Crime Stoppers, are offering a reward of up to $1000 for information leading to the arrest of the offenders in this incident. Information may be reported anonymously through the Bureau/Putnam Crime Stoppers by calling 800-939-6929. If you have any information regarding this incident we encourage you to call as soon as possible. Again, the information you provide through Crime Stoppers is ANONYMOUS. If it leads to an arrest in this case you will receive an award. If anonymity is not a concern you may call the Princeton Police Department at 815-872-2351.