Mission and Value Statements

Mission Statement

The Elgin Police Department is dedicated to working in partnership with the community to promote safety and enhance the quality of life by serving with professionalism, encouraging open communication and embracing diversity.

Values Statement


Partnering with our citizens and involved in our community.


Embracing innovative strategies while maintaining proven practices.


Serving with integrity and professionalism.

Today Elgin’s population is more than 115,000 strong. For many years, the Elgin Police Department has been practicing a community policing philosophy that has had a tremendous impact on crime in our community. Currently, our crime rate is at a 49-year low. By using an aggressive and practical policing approach that partners the department with community residents, businesses and civic organizations, we have all been able to improve our neighborhoods and city.

The department's authorized sworn officer strength is 184 officers. Through technological advances and by staffing units with officers whose personal and professional strengths are in the areas they are working for, we constantly strive to staff our units with the best representation of those strengths needed in each specific unit.

We invite you to explore this website in its entirety. There is information here that pertains to our history, our mission, our organizational structure, and our divisions. Here you will find information about how community members can become involved with the department as well as information about the services we provide to the community.