Public Social Media Policies

City of Elgin's Social Media Policy on Public Pages

Interaction with the Elgin Police Department on our social media pages is welcome; however, there are guidelines. Place click here to view the City of Elgin's social media policy. 

Booking Photos Posted on Social Media

The Elgin Police Department is guided by Illinois law pertaining to the publishing of arrest photos on social media. Effective January, 2019: 

  (5 ILCS 140/2.15)
    Sec. 2.15. Arrest reports and criminal history records.

 (e) Notwithstanding the requirements of subsection (a), a law enforcement agency may not publish booking photographs, commonly known as "mugshots", on its social media website in connection with civil offenses, petty offenses, business offenses, Class C misdemeanors, and Class B misdemeanors unless the booking photograph is posted to social media to assist in the search for a missing person or to assist in the search for a fugitive, person of interest, or individual wanted in relation to a crime other than a petty offense, business offense, Class C misdemeanor, or Class B misdemeanor.
(Source: P.A. 99-298, eff. 8-6-15; 100-927, eff. 1-1-19.)