• Police Chief 
    Nicholas Pecora
  • Telephone Main: 847.368.5300 TTY: 847.368.5449
  • Email [email protected]
  • Hours 911 Emergency 24/7

Members of the Arlington Heights Police Department are proud to provide professional law enforcement services to the more than 75,000 residents who make Arlington Heights their home and the countless others who work or visit our wonderful community. The Police Department is dedicated to achieve excellence in policing by protecting, serving and partnering with the community in identifying and addressing shared concerns.  They provide law enforcement services to the community by providing protection, safety and security for persons and property through the enforcement of federal, state and local criminal and traffic laws. Areas of service include uniformed patrol and traffic enforcement, criminal investigations, youth services, parking control and enforcement and specialized inter-jurisdictional task force assignments. Additionally, the division provides proactive crime prevention education and victim services.

The Department is staffed 24 hours per day, 365 days a year. There is always someone available to provide professional, courteous service in person at the police window or on the telephone. The police station is located at 200 E. Sigwalt Street, Arlington Heights, Illinois 60005.

Mission Statement & Value Statements

Mission Statement
The Arlington Heights Police Department will achieve excellence in policing by protecting, serving, and partnering with our community.

Value Statements
We place our highest value on the preservation of human life and the prevention of crime.

We will maintain ongoing collaborative relationships with community partners to identify and address shared concerns.

We will protect the rights of the individual by upholding the laws and the constitution in an impartial unbiased manner.

We strive for excellence in the quality of our work. We recognize the need to be dynamic in meeting the community's changing needs.

We hold ourselves to the highest standards and are accountable for actions both personally and as an organization.

We will set measurable performance goals, which support the priorities of the Village.

Every member of the department will be given the opportunity to develop and grow. They will be provided with the necessary authority, training and resources to achieve professional and organizational goals.

Bias Free Policing

The Arlington Heights Police Department values impartial and unbiased policing and view it as a critical cornerstone for upholding professional ethics in law enforcement. All persons having contact with any member of the Department shall be treated in a fair, equitable, and objective manner, in accordance with the law, and without consideration of their race, ethnic background, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, economic status, or any other identifiable group as defined by Department policy.

Response to Resistance Policy

The preservation of human life is the highest value the Arlington Heights Police Department has. Our officers are trained on an annual basis to use de-escalation techniques whenever possible to reach an outcome that does not involve the use of force. As a nationally accredited agency through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA), our policies are reviewed on an annual basis and held to a high standard. The Department's response to resistance policy requires a supervisory investigation into each incident that involves a use of force to ensure officers acted in accordance with the associated procedures. 

In a situation where there is a high-level response to resistance, in which a death or serious physical injury has occurred as the result of officer involvement, the Department's High-Level Response to Resistance Investigations policy outlines the appropriate response. An independent authority will investigate whether the officer involved was justified or unjustified in their high-level response.

Department Structure

Administrative Services Division
Records Bureau
The Records Bureau is comprised of civilian personnel that are tasked to provide support service to the Department, the community and other agencies. Typically, most non-emergency related calls for service are responded to by records personnel. In addition to handling public inquiries, records staff complete the processing for nearly all Department paperwork which includes, but is not limited to: administration of the processing and collections function for all parking enforcement systems; processing expungements and abandoned autos; reviewing records management system (RMS) reports; data entry of accidents, citations and arrests.

Support Bureau The Support Bureau is comprised of both sworn and civilian personnel. Projects that affect multiple areas of the Department or the Department as a whole are typically led by Support Bureau personnel. In addition to project-based assignments, the Bureau is responsible for the following on a continual basis: accreditation; budget preparation; evidence processing; grants management; policy revision; and training coordination. 

Criminal Investigations/Community Services Division Criminal Investigations Bureau In addition to investigating all types of criminal activity, CIB personnel oversee all matters relating to registered sex offenders, the Department’s Peer Jury program, and conduct background investigations on liquor license applicants, business license applicants, and police officer candidate applicants. The three School Resource Officers (SRO) are tasked with building and maintaining positive relationships with the students and staff at John Hersey High School, The Academy at Forest View, Vanguard High School and the Timber Ridge School. The Bureau is also responsible for maintaining investigations that have been designated as “Cold Cases” and revisiting them on a regular basis in the hope of solving them through investigative and technological advancements. 

Community Services Bureau The sworn personnel designated to the Community Service Bureau are responsible for several public facing activities of the Department and for proactive policing initiatives. CSB specifically works on: crime prevention, problem oriented policing,school safety planning, special event planning, and victim services. Patrol Division Patrol Bureau The Patrol Bureau's primary responsibility is to respond to both emergency and non-emergency calls for service, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Sworn and non-sworn positions comprise the Bureau, with non-sworn positions being responsible for staffing the front desk, responding to animal related incidents, and assisting with various administrative duties. Sworn officers in the patrol bureau are assigned to a specific beat for the duration of their shift. Each officer is tasked as the primary responder for all calls for service within their beat. The village is divided into eight primary beats that are determined based on several factors, including historical call for service volume, geographic size and natural boundaries. 

Traffic Bureau The Traffic Bureau was organizationally created within the Patrol Division in March 2006 and consists of two operational components: traffic enforcement and parking enforcement in the Downtown Business District. Their primary focus is to develop working relationships within the community to specifically address citizen complaints involving traffic-related problems. 


Police News

2020 Annual Report
The Arlington Heights Police Department is proud to present its 2020 Annual Report. The document is a comprehensive review of all the activities conducted by the department during the 2020 calendar year. Accomplishments, major initiatives within the ... Read More about 2020 Annual Report
2019 Annual Report
The Arlington Heights Police Department is proud to present its 2019 Annual Report. The document is a comprehensive review of all the activities conducted by the department during the 2019 calendar year. Accomplishments, major initiatives within the ... Read More about 2019 Annual Report
2018 Annual Report
The Arlington Heights Police Department is proud to present its 2018 Annual Report. The document is a comprehensive review of all the activities conducted by the department during the 2018 calendar year. Accomplishments, major initiatives within the ... Read More about 2018 Annual Report