The mission of the Zion Police Department is to maintain peace and good order; protect life and property; prevent and investigate crime; and respond to community needs.
To touch our community in a practical, effective, and collaborative way, designed to augment the purely reactive, incident driven model of the past.
There are three components to our comprehensive program:
traditional; pro-active; non-enforcement outreach.
Together we can improve the quality of life, through community empowerment, partnership, and creative problem solving.
ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT
The Zion Police Department’s primary role is to provide the community with safety and security dedicated to improve the quality of life for its residents.
A civilian staff, which is primarily divided into three categories; dispatch, records, and community service supports the sworn officers.
The traditional reactive model is, and will always remain the primary response for all agencies within a free democratic society. The reactive model is designed to guarantee the rights of the people from unreasonable searches and seizure by the Police.
The effectiveness of the Zion Police Department is enhanced and most efficient when partnering with its citizens and organized community based groups, such as schools, churches and neighborhood watch programs.
The traditional methods of Police Operations and Support services of the past have been replaced today with three major operating divisions.
- Traditional, which includes Uniformed Patrol and Investigations
- Pro-Active, encompasses our Gang, Drug, and Burglary Reduction units.
- Non-Enforcement, such as neighborhood watch, chaplains, school liaison, and other positive impact (preventative driven) service endeavors.
The Zion Police department stands prepared for catastrophic & unforeseen manmade and natural disasters by maintaining memberships in multi-jurisdictional task forces such as Lake County Major Crime unit and the Northern Illinois Police Alarm System (NIPAS).
Within each of the programs and units listed above there are many smaller specialty units, such as accident investigation, evidence technicians, and field training officers. These all require highly specialized training and skills.
Chief Wayne Brooks
Zion Police Department