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Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a police officer in the City of Lake Forest? 

You might be amazed what you can learn about the men and women of the Lake Forest Police Department, what they do and why they do it.

The 21st session of our Citizens Police Academy begins on Tuesday, October 4, 2016. This free 10-week program is designed to promote and enhance understanding and awareness of the role of the Lake Forest Police Department in the community. Click here if you want to know more! 

Click here to see what's in store for the Fall 2016 participants!



The Lake Forest Police and Lake Forest Fire Department held a Public Safety Open House on September 25, 2016. About 1200 people stopped by during the 3-hour event and observed fire and police demonstrations. Tours of the Public Safety Building were available and numerous vendors and organizations were on hand to share their services and explain how they interact and work with public safety. Much thanks to the Lake Forest Police Foundation, AAA and the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, Lake County, IL Government State's Attorney Michael Nerheim's office, Glenview Public Safety Dispatch Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment, LEAD, Gurnee Police Department's K9 unit, Boofhead BBQ, Brightside Clinic, Lake County Major Crash Assistance Team (MCAT). Lake County Major Crimes Task Force (LCMCTF), Northern Illinois Police Alarm System (NIPAS) Emergency Services Team (EST) and Mobile Field Force (MFF), and Operation Lifesaver Inc. for helping make this such a successful event.

The support from the community and all those who attended the open house is much appreciated.

Police Department at the 2016 Public Safety Open House
Police at 2016 Public Safety Building Open Hours

Lepkowski and Gallo

Voluntary Ride in the Lake Forest Police squad car.

Line up here please.

Ofc Blomberg explains the fingerprinting process.

Ofc Blomberg describes his special assignment.

Ofc Jakob shows our guest the equipment he uses on his special assignment.

Ofc. Daizovi shows our guests the mobile computer used in the squad cars.

Kids check our our pretend lock-up.

Cmdr Lepkowski describes the different uniforms worn by police personnel.

Community Service Officer Kyle Lemmer

Police Officer Paul Daizovi

Bike Officer Andy Shiu

Special Unit Officer Erik Blomberg

Officer Matt Signa shows our new dark uniforms.

Gurnee Ofc. Mazur and K-9 Hunter provide support to Lake Forest.

Telecommunicator Kristen Missen from the 9-1-1 Consolidated Dispatch.

The AAA Distracted Driver simulator was a real challenge.

Consolidated 9-1-1 Fire and Police Dispatch Service

Our partners for train safety.


Lake Forest Day Parade


Members of the Lake Forest Police Department and their families gather to walk with board members and volunteers of the Lake Forest Police Foundation at the 2016 Lake Forest Day Parade. This year marked the 108th edition of Lake Forest Day, sponsored by the American Legion Post #264.
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Old school! Deputy Chief Rob Copeland drives the vintage Lake Forest Police Department squad car in the parade.


2016 BIKE RODEO - May 21, 20162016_Bike_Rodeo_

A HUGE thank you to all of our volunteers, community sponsors, attendees, and Officers who attended the Lake Forest Police Department Bike Rodeo Sponsored by the Lake Forest Police Foundation.

It was our best one yet!

300 helmets that were donated by the Lake Forest Police Foundation were given away.

Thank you to Metropolitan Emergency Support Services for preparing the hot dog lunch that Sunset Foods donated.

Thank you to Bob's Pedal Pusher and Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Lions Club for donating 4 and 2 bicycles respectively for our raffle and providing accessories as giveaways.

Thank you to Andrews Staffing and QBF Graphics Group for providing the 400 volunteer and participant t-shirts.

Thank you to Ed Johnson DJ Service, Marshall Gehrke, and Croya for providing entertainment, laughs, and face painting.

Thank you to Hop Till You Drop for providing the bounce houses.

And thank you to our vendors and community partners that provided their time and giveaways: Chipotle Mexican Grill, Kiddles Sports, Dunkin' Donuts, Forest & Bluff Magazine, The Fresh Market, Glenview Public Safety Dispatch, Heinen's, Sport Clips Lake Bluff, Metra, Lake County IL Sheriff's Office, Lake Forest Professional Firefighters - Local 1898, Lake Forest Police Department Citizen Police Academy Alumni, Lake Shore Pediatrics, Lawmen Racing, Inc., Lincolnshire Police Department Explorers, McDonald's, Meatheads, Orangetheory Fitness Lake Forest, Subway of Lake Forest, Illinois, Sweet Pete's Candy, and Target.

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COP ON A ROOFTOP - May 20, 2016


The Lake Forest Police Department joined forces with Dunkin' Donuts Lake Forest to help raise funds for Special Olympics Illinois on May 20, 2016. With the new Dunkin' Donuts store, this was the first time the event was possible in Lake Forest. Customers and passersby were very generous in donating $1,951.00 to the wonderful cause. Thank you to all who stopped by and gave so substantially to make this such a successful first event.


LFPD_Town_Hall_5.17.16A  Town Hall meeting organized by Sgt. Zelk and LEAD was held at Gorton Center. The crowd of about 30 attendees learned about underage drinking and the Administrative Hearing process. School Resource Officer Ben Grum spoke on the issues of underage drinking and fake IDs while Commander Craig Lepkowski spoke on the Administrative Hearing process. LEAD Executive Director Andy Duran offered research and tips on parental strategies. The hour-long presentation concluded with a questions and answers session.

220 E. Deerpath, Lake Forest, IL 60045
(847) 234-2600
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