Marengo Police Department

  • Agency: Marengo Police Department
  • Address: 142 East Prairie Street, Marengo, 60152 IL
  • Chief:
Phone: 815-568-7231

Marengo Police Department is located at 142 East Prairie Street, Marengo, 60152 IL. The Marengo Police Department phone number is 815-568-7231.

Marengo Police Department News

Police Officer City of Marengo, IL Population: 7445 c/o C.O.P.S. and F.I.R.E. Personnel Testing Service Phone: (847) 310-2677 Website: Sworn Officers: 13 Salary: $56,979.00 Application Deadline: 6/27/18 The Board of Fire and Police Commissioners for the City of Marengo is now accepting applications for the position of: Police Officer Testing is being conducted to establish a new Eligibility List for future hiring needs. The Marengo Police Department has the entrusted duty to protect the lives and the property of all the citizens of Marengo. The department staff is committed to consistent and courteous public service, efficient investigation and enforcement and rendering emergency aid in times of need. They continue to bridge the exchange of information and embrace the philosophy of community-oriented policing. Applications are available at: Applications will be online for purchase until 6/27/18 – 2:00 PM The application deadline is Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 4:00 PM (this is not a postmark date) All applications must be returned to the Office of: C.O.P.S. and F.I.R.E. Personnel Testing Service Attn: Marengo PD 200 West Higgins Road, Suite 201 Schaumburg, IL 60195 You must meet the following minimum requirements: • Citizenship: Must be a U.S. Citizen. • Driver’s License: Must have a valid driver’s license with the ability to obtain an Illinois Driver’s License upon time of hire. • Age Requirements: Applicants must have attained their 21st birthday by the last date of filing applications (6/27/18). Applicants must be under the age of 35 at last date for filing applications (6/27/18) and at such time as the Final Eligibility Register is posted, unless exempt by State Statute 65 IL 5/10-2.1 which provides in part, that the age limitation does not apply to any person previously employed as a full-time police officer in a regularly constituted police department of any municipality; or are otherwise exempt by State Statute. • Education: Must have a High School Diploma or equivalent (GED). • Character: Must have no felony convictions and be of good moral character. • Testing: Must be able to participate and successfully complete all stages of the testing process. • Residency: Must reside in Illinois within a 40 mile radius of the Marengo City Hall within one year of appointment. • Vision: Eyesight must be correctable to 20/20, normal peripheral vision, no impairment of color blindness. Additional information will be provided in the application packet which can be Downloaded at: There is a $30.00 non-refundable application fee. Applications are NOT available at the Marengo Police Department or City Hall Applicants must attend the mandatory test date: Orientation and Written Examination Registration starts at 7:30 AM Saturday, July 21, 2018 Orientation starts at 8:00 AM Written Examination immediately following the Orientation Location: Marengo Community High School 110 Franks Road Marengo, IL 60152 All applications are subject to the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners for the City of Marengo

The annual D.E.A. National Take-Back Initiative is once again upon us. This year it will be April 27th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. We encourage citizens to go through their medicine cabinets and dispose of any unused or expired medications. This can be done at the Marengo Police Department lobby drug drop box which is available 24/7. Disposal of these medications may help to prevent abuse by minors and may help prevent someone from using medications found in their home or a friend’s home. Items Accepted for Disposal Prescriptions Prescription Patches Prescription medications Prescription Ointments Over-the Counter medications Vitamins Samples Medication for pets Items not accepted Hydrogen Peroxide Inhalers Aerosol cans Ointments lotions or liquids Medication from businesses or clinics Needles (Syringes) Thermometers

The Marengo Police Department would like to welcome our newest officer. Ofc. Jacob Wajda was sworn in during the City council meeting by Chief Solarz.

Today marks the end of National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. We would like to acknowledge the often-overlooked service of our Telecommunicators. The critical role of our telecommunicators cannot be understated. Telecommunicators extract critical information from panicked and often hysterical callers in the midst of an emergency. They provide direction for first aid during medical emergencies and they activate the necessary response from the Police Department and Fire Department. They ensure that we as officers get home safely by monitoring our activities and providing information that helps keep us safe out on the street. Marengo has experienced numerous critical incidents this past year and a successful outcome could not have been achieved without the invaluable contributions from our telecommunicators. We thank all dispatchers for their service and especially NERCOM for the service that they provide to the Marengo community.

The Marengo Police Department is investigating a hit and accident that took place on 02-16-18 at approximately 2:22 AM, where a vehicle struck a fire hydrant at 549 S. Anne St and fled the scene. The suspects’ vehicle is believed to be Dodge ram 1500 V6, possibly a 2009. Anyone with information please contact Det. Taylor#621.

On Friday January 19th 2018,The Mchenry County Chiefs of Police Association held its annual Officer of the year award banquet. The Marengo Police Department nominated four officers for this prestigious award, Sergeant Paul Fritz, Sergeant Adam Boyce, Officer Jerry Rzotkiewicz and Officer Andrew Kjellgren. There were five other officers from departments throughout the county that were nominated for this award. We are proud to announce that all four of the Marengo Officers were Co-Winners of this year's award. On behalf of the Marengo Police Department and the City of Marengo, I would like to congratulate these fine officer's for their dedication to the residents of the city. Chief Rich Solarz

Marengo Officers were recognized at the City Council Meeting on Monday. Ofc. Kjellgren, Sgt. Boyce and Sgt. Fritz were recognized with a lifesaving award, for their response to a house fire on November 6th, where they forced entry and rescued a resident from the building.

During the month of October 2017, members of the Marengo Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #129 and members of the Marengo Fire and Rescue Association sold t-shirts to raise money and awareness for cancer. We are pleased to announce that we raised $1000 from the proceeds of the shirts and the money will be donated to the Pink Heals of Winnebago County, an organization that helps those dealing with cancer and their families. More information on Pink Heals can be found on their website

Marengo Police Department Press Release 1-11-18 CITY OF MARENGO NOTIFICATIONS On Thursday, 1-11-18, the Marengo Police Department is pleased to announce an online notification system through the City of Marengo website; or The purpose of the online notification is to provide Marengo Residents an easier way to request or report things such as; overnight on-street parking, house checks, road obstructions or hazards, street light outages amongst a variety of other things. Once a request is submitted, the appropriate City Department is notified of the report and what is requested so action can be taken. Although coming into the police department or calling dispatch is still an option, we encourage residents to utilize this new notification system.

We would like to congratulate Ofc. Gehrke on his retirement. Ofc. Gehrke served as an officer for the city of Marengo for over 30 years. We wish Ofc. Gehrke well during his retirement. On January 26th at 3:00 PM an informal gathering will take place at City Hall (132 E. Prairie St).

***Information*** Power is out for some Marengo Residents. Per Com Ed power should be restored by 4:00 PM. The City Hall is open for anyone as a warming station.

The Marengo Police Department has located several bicycles recently. If you or someone you know has lost, misplaced, or had a bicycle stolen, please contact the non emergency number.

***Information*** The Marengo Police Department responded to two residential burglaries in the Deerpass area on November 1st. If you have any information please contact Det. Taylor

Trick or treat is tonight from 3-7. Please use extra caution when out and about!

Congratulations to Ofc. Shaun Boeckh on his recent promotion to Sergeant.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Marengo Fire, Rescue & Police departments are teaming up to raise money and awareness for this disease. We will be selling the pictured shirts to accomplish this. If you would like to purchase one of these shirts, they will be $20.00. Proceeds from the shirts will be donated to Pink Heals of Winnebago County. More information on Pink Heals can be found here: or Shirts can be purchased at the Marengo Fire & Rescue Station #1 located at 120 E. Prairie Street in Marengo. The sizes are adult male size s, m, l, xl and 2xl

The Marengo Police Department encourages anyone with drug related information to contact the Marengo Police Department and speak with Det. Taylor at 815-568-7231 or by email at You can also contact the McHenry County Sheriff tip line at 815-338-2144 or by email at You can also contact the McHenry County Crime stoppers at 1-800-762-7867. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.00 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the offender(s). Crime Stoppers does not use caller ID.

****Press Release**** On September 20, 2017, Marengo Police arrested two individuals connected to the burglaries of several Marengo businesses and one residence that occurred in the early morning hours of September 19th and 20th. Arrested were; Robert H Charping 1221 N. State St Marengo 56 year old male 5 counts Burglary 4 courts Theft 5 counts Criminal Damage to Property Nichole R DePew 1221 N. State St Marengo 38 year old female 1 count Burglary 1 count Possession of Stolen Property 1 count Criminal Trespass Both persons were transported to McHenry County Jail.

****Information**** The Marengo Police Department received a call for a found bag of hypodermic syringes. We urge any citizen’s to use caution when hypodermic syringes are located and to contact the MPD at 815-568-7231, for their recovery and disposal. If you know someone that struggles with addiction, the A Way Out program is offered by McHenry County and the MPD is a participating department. How It Works A Way Out – McHenry County offers substance abuse treatment 24/7, whether in-patient or out-patient, to anyone in McHenry County that wishes to seek recovery. All a participant needs to do is to follow these easy steps: 1. Walk through the main doors of any of the participating police departments. 2. Tell the clerk at the reception window that you are here to participate in A Way Out – McHenry County. If you are seeking help after open lobby hours, locate the call box on the wall and tell dispatch you want to participate in “A Way Out – McHenry County.” A police department representative will be with you to take you through the next steps. NEXT STEPS 1. The police department representative will meet with you and take you and/or your loved ones through the onboarding process, which includes filling out a waiver and program forms. If you are in possession of any illegal or legal drugs or drug paraphernalia, the representative will take them from you. You will not be arrested or charged for any drugs or drug paraphernalia turned over. 2. If you are going through acute withdrawal or suffering a medical condition that requires immediate medical assistance, you will be transported to the nearest hospital. After being stabilized, the Centegra Crisis Program may be able to facilitate the assessment process or you may be asked to return to a police department to begin the process again. 3. If you do not require immediate medical attention, the police representative will drive you to Centegra Hospital - Woodstock. At Centegra Hospital, you will be assessed in preparation for entering treatment. 4. From Centegra, you will be transported to a participating treatment provider. 5. If you are unable to pay for treatment due to lack of insurance or financial resources, you will not be turned away from participation. A Way Out – McHenry County is able to accept a number of different insurance plans and accommodate those without insurance.

The Marengo Police Department would like to welcome our newest officer. Ofc. Tania Hernandez was sworn during the City counsel meeting by Chief Solarz.

****Information**** The Sullivan’s in Marengo, is having a car give away/sweepstakes for their 50th anniversary. ****Scam Alert**** The Marengo PD has been made aware that a subject giving the name of "Tony Kingston" has made calls to persons telling them that they had won the car and that he needed them to send a check for the taxes.