Vernon Hills Police Department

  • Agency: Vernon Hills Police Department
  • Address: 754 Lakeview Pkwy, Vernon Hills, 60061 IL
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Vernon Hills Police Department is located at 754 Lakeview Pkwy, Vernon Hills, 60061 IL. The Vernon Hills Police Department phone number is 847-362-4449.

Vernon Hills Police Department News

Last week Hawthorn School District 73 Middle School South student Victor Landa received a ride to school from School Resource Officer Jon Paret. As a winner in the school's Caught Being Good program, Victor chose the ride as his award. (No, he was not allowed to make any traffic stops.) Nice job Victor!

To Veterans everywhere - A very grateful "Thank You" from everyone at the Vernon Hills Police Department.

In keeping with our previous post, we thought you'd also enjoy seeing a picture of Officer William Ershen. He is approaching the midway point of his academy training at the Macon County Law Enforcement Training Center. The quality of the picture isn't the best, but you get the idea.

A couple of months ago we introduced you to Officer Grant Smith who was sworn in at the end of August. He is on the downhill side of his academy training at the Police Training Institute in Champaign. We thought you'd enjoy seeing a picture of him.

As we have done for many years, the Vernon Hills Police Department will once again be a drop-off location for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys-For-Tots program. Last year we filled 15 boxes and we hope to fill at least that many again this year. As of now the toys might be picked up as early as December 10, so we are recommending that any donations be dropped off prior to then to guarantee they find their way into the hands of less fortunate children. Naturally, the box at the police facility is open 24/7 (740 Lakeview Parkway), so everyone can drop their purchase off on the way home. The VH Village Hall and Public Works buildings are also available. For those hours...

This past Saturday the Vernon Hills High School girls cross country team participated in the IHSA state meet in Peoria and walked away with the 2nd place trophy. When they arrived back in Vernon Hills we proudly gave them an escort down Rt. 60 to the school. Congratulations ladies!

It's getting darker earlier every day (especially after the time change this past weekend) and your home will probably be dark when you get back from work. A dark interior is giveaway that no one is home. If you have a light timer that needs to manually adjusted, do it now. (Some digital timers adjust automatically.) It will only take a minute and it needs to be done. If you don't have one - go buy one or two. (There are many different types available. The one pictured here is just an example.)

Donating your old cell phone to the Cell Phones for Soldiers Program will help with the purchase of prepaid calling cards for our servicemen and servicewomen overseas. The Police Department (24/7), Village Hall, and Public Works building are all drop-off locations. The Village Hall hours are M-F, 8:30 to 5:00 and PW hours are M-F, 7:00 to 3:30. For your protection, please restore your phone to the factory setting and remove SIM and SD cards. For more information, including a list of acceptable donation items, visit

Thanks to Hawthorn for having Sgt. Andy Jones over last Friday to give a vaping presentation to the 6th, 7th and 8th grade students at Middle School South.

After the tragedy in Pittsburgh, over the weekend our officers were giving some special attention to local Jewish centers. Chabad Center took this nice picture of Officers Chelsea Britten and Casey Bergschneider.

The Vernon Hills Police Department wishes everyone a happy and safe Halloween. Please have fun in a respectful way. The designated hours for tomorrow's trick-or-treating (Wednesday the 31st) are 4-8 pm. Drivers, please be observant and expect the unexpected. Let's keep those trick-or-treaters safe. Thank you very much!

Our condolences to the members of the Del Re family. Many members of the VHPD remember him fondly. RIP Gary. Thank you for your many years of service.

A couple scam topics worth passing along…. We heard that an AT&T cell customer was contacted (by what was believed to be AT&T) and told that due to some cell tower work causing service interruptions, AT&T would be issuing a per line credit for the inconvenience. Some info was confirmed with the scammer resulting in a compromise of other account information. Fortunately, in this case the customer caught on and contacted AT&T before the headaches got worse.The best thing to remember is that AT&T (just like in an IRS scam) will NOT call you asking for any information, including the last four digits of your SSN. (Note: The entire SSN is not needed by the scammer to make account changes.) If you are contacted by someone claiming to be from AT&T, ignore it. If need be get their phone number off your bill and call them yourself. Second, the FTC has also been hearing about people receiving fake calls from the Social Security Administration in which the caller ID is spoofed and will show the real SSA phone number. The caller says he/she works for the Social Security Administration and needs your personal information – like your Social Security number – to increase your benefits payments. (Or they threaten to cut off your benefits if you don’t give the information.) Same thing – hang up and give them nothing.

Halloween is just two days away and the weather forecast is favorable for trick-or-treating fun. Here's some ABC's of Halloween safety to read and share with the trick-or-treaters in your family.

Thanks to the Vernon Hills Park District for inviting us to be a part of their Fall Fest this evening. There must have been between 400-500 kids at the event. Instead of having a police officer hand out the candy, we decided to let one of our prisoners sub for us. (Not to worry. He turned himself back in when it was over. We kept the cuffs on him - just in case.) :)

A short Halloween reminder...

From the LCSO.....

On the news this morning there was a piece about a carjacking in Chicago in which the crook went to steal a car that was being warmed up. The owner happened to be sitting in a nearby car. He approached the suspect and got shot while doing so. If you leave a car outside overnight, you know that over the past week you’ve been waking up to a layer of frost on your windshield. (Unfortunately, those days are back.) If you are warming up your car to remove the frost, and you don’t have a remote start, please don’t leave the keys in it unattended – even if it’s locked. If a thief wants it, the window will be broken. It’s not just a local issue. We know from experience that car thieves travel throughout the entire Chicago area.

Lacrosse America has donated an EZ-GO gas powered golf cart to the Vernon Hills Police Department for use at all of our special events throughout the year including the Pipe City Lacrosse Tournament which takes place in July each year. Overseeing crowds, traffic control and other police functions at large community events can sometimes be tricky in areas where regular squads aren’t possible or practical. This cart will be extremely useful in those situations. The partnership between Lacrosse America, the Village, and the Police Department remains strong and we continue to be great community partners together. The Police Department appreciates this generous donation from Lacrosse America. Special thanks to Chad Gruen of Lacrosse America and Matt Dahm of Player Golf Cars for making this possible.

From our friends at LPD. If your travels take you up Rt. 45.....