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

Please slow down and use extra caution while driving this Halloween.

Here is the link to our 2018, 3rd Quarter Traffic Crash Statistics. Our department feels that these reports may be of interest to the general public, and therefore, as the quarterly reports are generated, they are posted our city website for review on by all interested persons.

Every year the DEA conducts their National Drug Take Back Day. This year we will be hosting the event, in conjunction with Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital. Today we will be at the Bays Medical Building Entrance located at 900 North Westmoreland Road, from 1000AM-200PM. It is important to dispose of any drugs that are not being used. Do not flush any drugs or throw away in the garbage. We have safe procedures of destroying drugs, ensuring they are no longer potentially harmful. As always, you can discard your unused drugs in our medication drop box located in our lobby, all year long.

We are happy to welcome our newest officers to the city. Officers Tyler Saieg and Matthew Allen were sworn in during a recent city council meeting and join a team of dedicated professionals who proudly serve the community. Congratulations!

Come out to the game, grab a burger, and watch our Scouts show their skills while our officers work the grill!

A big thank you to everyone who turned out for Coffee with a Cop this morning! We are grateful to serve such a wonderful community. Also our special thanks to our east side Starbucks for hosting this community connecting event.

It’s not too late to come out and join us for Coffee with a Cop at the Lake Forest Starbucks located at 672 N Western Ave!

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a worldwide annual campaign involving thousands of organizations to highlight the importance of breast cancer awareness, education, and research. The Lake Forest Police Department is proud to show its support by wearing pink ribbon pins on our uniforms and placing decals on our patrol cars during the month of October. We all stand together in the fight against breast cancer by wearing pink!

Last night we began our Fall 2018 Citizens Police Academy. This is our 20th anniversary for our CPA. We would like to hear from all of our alumni. Leave a comment below what class you attended and your experience with us. (Chief Walldorf speaks to our class)

The attached article illustrates the continuing need for Drug Take Back programs. The LFPD, in conjunction with LEAD and Lake County Underage Drinking and Drug Prevention Task Force, is proud to be a participating member of the Lake County Prescription Drug Box program. Everyone is encouraged and invited to deposit leftover and unused prescription drugs in the box in the lobby of the public safety building. As a reminder, the next DEA Drug Take Back Day is October 27, 2018.

This past weekend our first responders competed against one another in the "Cuffs vs Hoses" softball game. All had a great time and helped raise money for the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance Camp. This great organization helps assist burn survivors throughout the state. A big thank you to everyone who participated and for all those who showed up to support the cause.

Lake Forest Police Officers and Fire Fighters gathered this morning to honor all those who fell on September 11, 2001. May we never forget their sacrifices.

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Stop by and say hi to an awesome group of Officers at the 2018 Law Enforcement Expo at Hawthorne Mall in Vernon Hills. We are here all weekend!

Today is Ralph Peterson's 18th anniversary (VIDEO BELOW) as a crossing guard with the City of Lake Forest. A pillar for the youth in our community, Ralph has been a model of what community service stands for. Year after year, his friendly ways and kind smile have positively influenced the lives of so many both young and old. Ralph's service is a gift for which we are forever grateful. The attached video was created by a local videographer and perfectly captures the essence of who Ralph is. Please enjoy the glimpse into Ralph's world, we certainly did.

The LFPD Juvenile Officer Team enjoyed a day of training with a presentation on social media and youth issues, and tours of Connections Academy East, Equestrian Connection, and Everett School. We all loved meeting Snickerdoodle at Equestrian Connection!

All major roadways within the city limits are open for your morning commute! City of Lake Forest, Illinois Government street crews worked overnight to clear the debris underneath the Route 41/Deerpath underpass. Please use caution as a few residential streets may still have some standing water.

The Deerpath underpass is open for traffic. Northbound Route 41 is still closed due to flooding north of Route 176.

Numerous streets in Lake Forest are still barricaded due to the heavy rains and flooding. More severe weather is expected, so residents are advised to stay home if at all possible. Closures are: - Deerpath/41 underpass - Ahwahnee Road - Ridge and Mellody - Suffolk and Mellody - Hastings - Northbound 41 at Rt. 60 is closed due to flooding in Lake Bluff and North Chicago

**Special Announcement** This weekend efforts will continue along the lake front in Lake Forest and beyond to locate the kayaker who went missing this past Monday evening. This effort is being led by the Illinois Search and Rescue Council, a nonprofit professional organization which specializes in implementing and coordinating search and rescue resources. We ask landowners along the lake front to be understanding and compassionate to anyone associated with this organization traveling along the shoreline over the next few days. If you observe anything unusual in or along Lake Michigan please contact our department immediately at 847-234-2601.

We are beginning our Fall 2018 Citizens Police Academy on September 26th. The CPA is an 11 week program, every Wednesday night, 7:00PM-10:00PM. All Lake Forest residents and those who work within Lake Forest are welcome to attend, with a minimum age of 21 years old. This course covers areas such as Patrol Operations, DUI, Investigations, Defensive Tactics, Firearms, SWAT, Lake County Major Crimes Task Force, Narcotic Investigations, & Domestic Violence. Students also have an opportunity to participate in a ride along with one of our Officers. Anyone interested in attending the upcoming Fall Session should email Sergeant Brett Marquette at: or Officer Aaron Kruchko at: Applications are also available in our station at the front desk.

Here is the link to our 2018, 2nd Quarter Traffic Crash Statistics. Our department feels that these reports may be of interest to the general public, and therefore, as the quarterly reports are generated, they are posted our city website for review on by all interested persons.

Last month Officers Miniscalco and Maj (pictured) responded to an office building where an emotionally disturbed individual refused to leave after repeatedly being asked by staff. While the individual became verbally aggressive and appeared more combative with each minute, Officers Miniscalco and Maj quickly deescalated the entire situation by simply sitting down and listening to the concerns of the individual. Known as Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training, our department regularly sends officers to be trained. Among the programs core principles are simple methods for resolving conflict such as being calm and polite those in crisis.

Last week our department held its annual awards banquet sponsored by the Lake Forest Police Foundation. It’s a wonderful opportunity for the Lake Forest Police family both past and present to come together and recognize the exemplary performance of our officers over the past year. We’d especially like to thank all of our retired officers for joining us. Without all of you we wouldn’t be where we are today!

Please join us in congratulating Officers Tyler Saieg and Matthew Allen on their graduation from the police academy this past Thursday. After working hard for the past 14 weeks, these gentlemen now join our team of Field Training Officers who will help them apply their academy knowledge to our fine city streets. Keep up the great work Matt and Tyler!