Welcome and Chief’s Message
The Wilmette Police Department is a full service law enforcement agency responsible for providing professional police services to the residents and visitors of the Village of Wilmette. We are staffed by forty-four sworn police officers who are assigned to patrol, criminal investigations, or as a school resource officer. The police facility is open 24 hours per day, seven days a week. We maintain our own temporary lock-up and a twenty four hour communication center, as well as a full time civilian police social worker.
The Wilmette Police Department was one of the first police agencies nationally to make a four year college degree a condition of employment during recruitment. We have a very competitive recruitment and selection process that identifies high quality police officer candidates. We pride ourselves on providing a high level of service while enforcing state statutes and Village ordinances ethically and impartially.
We were also one of the first agencies nationally to obtain Law Enforcement Accreditation from the Commission on Law Enforcement Accreditation (CALEA) in 1986. The purpose of CALEA is to improve the delivery of public safety services, primarily by: maintaining a body of standards developed by public safety practitioners, which covers a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives, establishing and administering an accreditation process, and recognizing professional excellence.
Specifically, CALEA’s goals are to:
- Strengthen crime prevention and control capabilities;
- Formalize essential management procedures;
- Establish fair and nondiscriminatory personnel practices;
- Improve service delivery;
- Solidify interagency cooperation and coordination; and
- Increase community and staff confidence in the agency.
710 Ridge Rd.
Wilmette, IL 60091