The Investigations Commander is appointed by the Chief of Police and reports directly to the Deputy Chief of Police. The Investigations Commander is charged with the overall leadership, supervision and administration of all assigned personnel, including the Investigations, Traffic, and Records divisions.
The Investigations Unit manages in-depth investigations that would not be possible for patrol officers to conduct. Major emphasis is placed on Part I offenses, such as homicide, robbery, criminal sexual assault, burglary and other types of serious criminal activity. In addition to crime prevention functions, another focus of this unit is the dissemination of intelligence information relating to gang trends, crime patterns and other pertinent data gained from monthly detective meetings.
Three full-time officers are responsible for staffing the Department's juvenile unit. One youth officer acts as a liaison with Highland Park High School District 113
. Another youth officer acts as a liaison with School District 112
, comprised of seven primary grade schools, three junior high schools, the North Shore Academy and the many preschool facilities in the community.
These specific assignments are part of an ongoing effort to provide early intervention when needed and maintain open lines of communication between students, school administrators and the department. The department’s school safety program is designed to familiarize youngsters with good safety habits. One youth officer oversees all youth-related juvenile investigations, associated court documents related to court referrals, domestic violence awareness programs and a peer jury program.