The River Grove Police Department, being funded by the Illinois Department of Transportation, will be aggressively enforcing DUI, Talk & Text and seat belt violations during holiday weeks. Enforcement activities will be active during daytime and nighttime hours. Enforcement will include stationary check points and mobile/roving activities.
Please don't Talk & Text or drink and drive and always buckle your seat belt.
Have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.
River Grove Police Department
OUR MISSION IS TO ENHANCE THE QUALITY OF LIFE BY MAINTAINING ORDER, PROTECTING LIFE AND PROPERTY, AND REDUCING THE FEAR OF CRIME. WE ARE PARTNERS WITH THE COMMUNITY IN IDENTIYING NEEDS AND SOLVING PROBLEMS WHILE RESPECTING THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF ALL.
The River Grove Police Department is comprised of twenty four full time sworn officers. This includes a Director of Police, four Lieutenants, four Sergeants and fifteen Police Officers.
Specialties within the organization include:
- Criminal Investigations
- Youth Officers
- School Resource Officers
- Evidence Technicians
- Breathalyzer Operators
- Drug Recognition Expert
- 911 Dispatch Center
- Record and Parking Ticket Division
The River Grove Police Department also utilizes seventeen (17) Certified Part-Time Police Officers and thirteen (13) Auxiliary Officers.
Professional memberships include:
- West Suburban Major Crimes Task Force (WESTAF)
- Northern Illinois Police Alarm System (NIPAS)
- West Suburban Enhanced Drug/Gang Enforcement (WEDGE)
- West Suburban Detectives Association
- West Suburban Juvenile Officers Association
- Illinois Tactical Officers Association
|Parking enforcement: Enforcement of the street maintenance program from April 1 until December 1 each year. Please obey the signs that regulate which day of the week that will occur from 8 A.M. until 2 P.M. After December 1, those signs also indicate which side will be enforced on snow removal over 2”. The maintenance program includes street sweeping, road and gutter work, tree trimming and other jobs that may be required. The Police Department actively patrols Grand Avenue for violators who park over the curb and parkway and in the restricted times that are posted. The police department also enforces vehicle sticker violations to all vehicles that do not have a current vehicle sticker.
||Red light camera is a traffic enforcement camera that captures an image of a vehicle which has entered an intersection against a red traffic light. By automatically photographing vehicles that run red lights, the camera produces evidence that assists authorities in their enforcement of traffic laws. The camera is triggered when a vehicle enters the intersection after the light has turned red. Vehicles must come to a complete stop before the white lines. Law enforcement official will review photographic evidence and determine whether a violation occurred. A citation is then mailed to the owner of the vehicle found to be in violation of the law.
Red Speed Camera's are located at:
Grand Ave. East bound at Thatcher Ave.
Thatcher Ave. South bound at Grand Ave.
River Road South bound at Grand Ave
Automated Photo Enforcement 36 Month Evaluation
|Curfew: The Police Department takes a proactive position on curfew violations. Children under 17 years of age have a curfew of 10:30 P.M. until 6:00 A.M. Sunday through Thursday, and 11:30 P.M. until 6:00 A.M. Friday and Saturday. Parents please have your children obey the curfew laws, and avoid receiving a local ordinance citation with a mandatory hearing date.
||Community Oriented Policing: In this past year the Police Department created a Community Oriented Policing Program for the Village of River Grove. The Police Department has conducted 3 meetings in the last 4 months in specific areas that demonstrated a need or a problem in their neighborhood. The Police Department is in the process of holding more meetings in the future, and looks forward to communicating and working with our citizens and their needs.
||New Law Beginning January 1, 2014 a new law goes into effect regulating driving a motor vehicle on a roadway while using a hand-held “Electronic Communication Device”. These devices include a hand-held cell phone, a personal digital assistant, or a portable or mobile computer. Violations of this new law (625 ILCS 5/12-610.2) will be vigorously enforced by members of the River Grove Police Department. Simply remember: NO TALKING OR TEXTING WHILE DRIVING!!
|Traffic Enforcement: The Police Department is very dedicated to keeping our streets safe, and has increased the traffic enforcement program. To avoid receiving a citation, please obey our speed and stop signs, and remember .08% blood-alcohol is the limit in Illinois.
||If you have any questions concerning the new cell phone law or any other law enforcement related issue please call the River Grove Police non-emergency number at 708-453-2121 for assistance.
Important Ordinances to Remember
Dangerous or Vicious Animals
Section 9-6A-1 A dangerous or vicious animal is described as any animal that when provoked will inflict bites upon, or attack any human being or domestic animal on public or private property.
Section 9-6A-2 No person shall own or keep a dangerous or vicious animal except in accordance with the following requirements: Every dangerous or vicious animal must be licensed. To obtain a license for a vicious animal, owner must show proof of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000.00) of liability insurance. The license number of the animal must be tattooed on the inner lip of the animal by a licensed veterinarian. The owner of a vicious animal must post a sign “WARNING – DANGEROUS ANIMAL” on the entrance to the building in which the animal is kept.
Section 9-13-4 As a pet owner it is your responsibility for the following: make certain you obtain a license for each animal within 10 days of acquiring that animal. the removal and sanitary disposition of any excreta (deposited by their animals) anywhere in the Village. not to allow any cat or dog to run at large.
Section 8-1-11 All fire pit fires must be in an approved container, designed and manufactured for that purpose, and must not be located less than ten feet (10’) from any combustible structure or materials (i.e., houses, garages, decks, woodpiles, etc.) or combustible ground cover.
Fire pits shall be allowed on concrete or masonry patios so long as they or their use otherwise comply with this chapter. Fire pits shall not be used on any combustible surface or any balcony.
Fuels: Fuel for any fire shall consist of seasoned, dry firewood only. No other gas or items, such as grass, leaves, branches, tree limbs or other yard or construction waste shall be used as fuel for any fire.
Motor Driven or Electric Cycles & Scooters
Section 9-17-17 “Motor driven or electric cycles and scooters” are defined as any motorcycle, motor scooter, motorized pedal cycle, motor driven skateboard with less than one hundred fifty (150) cubic centimeter displacement, or electric scooter, electric pedal cycle or electric skateboard, including, without limitation, any cycle or scooter that is capable of being powered by both motor or electric and human pedal power, but excluding those cycles or scooters that are only capable of being powered by human pedal power.
Driver’s License Required: It is unlawful for any individual to operate or use any motor driven or electric powered cycle or scooter within the corporate boundaries of the village unless such individual has a valid driver’s license issued by the Illinois secretary of state or such other state.
No person having a valid driver’s license shall operate a motor driven or electric powered cycle or scooter upon any public or private street, parking lot, or bike path unless said cycle or scooter has been registered and licensed in accordance with this section. No person shall operate a motor driven or electric powered cycle or scooter upon any public sidewalk or public park.
6-12-11: COMMERCIAL VEHICLES IN RESIDENTIAL DISTRICTS:
The following restrictions shall apply to the parking or storage of commercial vehicles on property zoned for residential use:
A) No commercial vehicle shall be parked on any public right of way in a residential district, except for vehicles engaged in loading or unloading, or vehicles in connection with current work being done to the adjacent premises.
(B) No stored or parked commercial vehicle shall be occupied or used for human habitation.
(C) Only standard sized, passenger vehicles including, but not limited to, automobiles, vans, sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and pickup trucks are permitted to be stored or parked outdoors overnight on residentially zoned private property.
(D) Permitted commercial vehicles, as described in subsection (C) of this section, shall include such vehicles that are owned and used for commercial purposes by the occupant of a dwelling or guest, provided that the vehicle is stored or parked in the permitted parking area; such permitted commercial vehicles may include the logo of the commercial business painted on or applied to the vehicle. All other commercial vehicles including, but not limited to, semitruck tractor units, with or without attached trailers, commercial trailers, buses, limousines, tow trucks, construction vehicles or other large commercial or livery vehicles required to register for a "C-plate" in Illinois or other classification for commercial vehicles, are not permitted to be stored or parked outside overnight on residentially zoned property. (Ord. 2006-37, 12-21-2006)