CRIME PREVENTION

Citizens Police & Fire Academy • D.A.R.E. • Department Tours • Drug Awareness •  Gang Awareness • Illinois Bicycle Rules of the Road • National Night Out • Senior Services (File For Life, TRIAD, Yellow Dot Program) • Special Needs Alert Program (SNAP)Vacation-Security Check Request

Citizen’s Police and Fire Academy (CPFA)

The Plainfield Citizens Police and Fire Academy is an educational, informative, and fun program that allows citizens the opportunity to learn about the issues that face law enforcement and fire protection in the Village of Plainfield. The purpose of the PCPFA is to increase understanding and communication between the Plainfield Police Department, the Plainfield Fire Protection District, and the citizens that we serve in the community. 
The 13 week class is informal and free to any interested person over 18 years old.  A background check is required. Currently, there is not a session scheduled. Please check back for updates.
Some topics of instruction include:
Crime Processing and Investigation
Arson Investigations
Roles of Police and Fire K-9
Fire Tools and Ladders
Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
Firearms
How the Plainfield Police and Fire Departments Operate
If you are interested in consideration for the next Plainfield CPFA Class, please fill out the Application and send it to: Officer Erin Cook, 14300 S. Coil Plus Drive, Plainfield, IL 60544. 

Department Tours

Are you interested in taking a look at the behind the scenes of the Plainfield Police Department?  The department tour is available to any community group free of change.  If you would like additional information or if you would like to schedule a tour, contact Officer Erin Cook at (815) 267-7207.

Drug Awareness

Say No” to Alcohol
Alcohol is the number one drug of choice for teenagers.
Alcohol-related car crashes are the number one killer of teenagers in the United States.
Alcohol is the number one drug problem in America.
If you think it can't happen to you, look around. Check your school's yearbooks for the last ten years.  How many were dedicated to a student who was killed in a drunk driving crash?
Ask your friends how many people they know who have had bad things happen to them when they or someone else was drinking.
You don't even have to be the one doing the drinking — most teenage passenger deaths are the result of crashes caused by alcohol-impaired teenage drivers. No matter what the situation, drinking alcohol under the age of 21 is illegal.

How Does Alcohol Affect You?
You see double, slur your speech, you lose your sense of distance.
Alcohol loosens your inhibitions; you make bad judgments that can result in car crashes, violence, unwanted pregnancy, sexual transmission of diseases, or rape.
A significant portion of violent crimes and vandalism among and by youth involve use of alcohol.
Using alcohol can cost you your freedom. You can be grounded by parents, lose your driver's license, or end up in jail.
You can get sick or die from alcohol poisoning.
Poor grades may be a result of increased use of alcohol.

Say No” to Marijuana
Contrary to popular belief, not all teens smoke pot. Only about one in five 10th graders report they used marijuana within the past month. Fewer than one in four high school seniors is a current marijuana user.
Marijuana - pot, reefer, grass, joint, stick, ganja, rope, blunts, smoke, bud, weed, bhang - is one of the most widely used illicit drugs in the United States and very few young people use other illegal drugs without first trying marijuana.
Just because it's common doesn't mean marijuana is safe. In fact, the marijuana sold today is far stronger than it was two or three decades ago and far more dangerous.

What You May Not Know
Some people may think that smoking a joint is just a "mellow" way to relax. They don't realize that using marijuana can cause:
memory problems
reduced concentration and coordination
increased appetite
decreased inhibitions
bloodshot eyes, dry mouth, and dry throat
lower testosterone levels and sperm counts in men
increased testosterone in women, which can cause acne and increased facial and body hair
paranoia
diminished or complete loss of sexual pleasure
psychological dependence so that over time, more of the drug is needed to get the same effect.
deteriorating performance at school or at work
experiencing a "burn out" characterized by muddled thinking, acute frustration, depression, and isolation

impaired sexual development and fertility, including production of abnormal sperm and menstrual irregularities
damage to lungs and pulmonary system (one marijuana joint is equal to approximately 25 commercial cigarettes)
exposure to illegal drug culture.

“Say No” to Tobacco
Smoking cool?  Definitely not. Every day, we see images — on the Internet, in tobacco company advertising, and in the movies — that depict smoking as cool, sexy, professional, and glamorous.  What we don't see is that every day 3,000 children become regular smokers. This youthful smoking can have severe lifelong consequences.  In addition, teens who smoke are more likely to use illicit drugs and drink more heavily than their nonsmoking peers. Don't think that it's just cigarettes that can cause damage to your health — cigars and chewing tobacco also cause cancer.
Smoking can cause bad breath, permanently stained teeth, and early wrinkles — not a big turn-on when you're dating. More importantly, it wrecks your lungs. You can't catch your breath, and when you try to do anything athletic, you feel like you're suffocating. Smoking also blocks oxygen from your bloodstream.  Your heart works harder but accomplishes less. You can't move as fast and you're not as strong. Not only does smoking cause many major health risks, it is highly addictive as well.

Drug Information

Drug Enforcement Administration Drug Information
Office of National Drug Control Policy

Gang Awareness

Gangs are not just a big city or inner city problem, nor are they a problem of a particular race or culture.  Gangs cross all ethnic, racial, socioeconomic, gender, and geographic boundaries. They bring fear and violence to neighborhoods, traffic in drugs, destroy property, involve youth in crime, and drive out businesses. Gangs pull teens away from school and home into a life of violence.

One of the scariest aspects of gang violence is it's often indiscriminate and unpredictable. Gang members have been known to kick, punch, hit, or even kill their victims. People get hurt if they are in the wrong place at the wrong time. If gangs or gang members are in your school or neighborhood, you know it.

What Parents Can Do To Prevent School Violence
Recognize that keeping firearms in your home may put you at legal risk as well as expose you and your family to physical risk. In many states, parents can be held liable for their children's actions, including inappropriate use of firearms. If you do choose to keep firearms at home, ensure that they are securely locked, that ammunition is locked and stored separately, and that children know weapons are never to be touched without your express permission and supervision.
Take an active role in your children's schools. Talk regularly with teachers and staff. Volunteer in the classroom or library, or in after-school activities. Work with parent teacher - student organizations.
Act as role models. Settle your own conflicts peaceably and manage anger without violence.
Listen to and talk with your children regularly. Find out what they're thinking on all kinds of topics. Create an opportunity for two-way conversation, which may mean forgoing judgments. This kind of communication should be a daily habit, not a reaction to crisis.
Set clear limits on behaviors in advance. Discuss punishments and rewards in advance, too. Disciplining with framework and consistency helps teach self-discipline, a skill your children can use for the rest of their lives.
Communicate clearly on the violence issue. Explain that you don't accept and won't tolerate violent behavior. Discuss what violence is and is not. Answer questions thoughtfully. Listen to children's ideas and concerns. They may bring up small problems that can easily be solved now, problems that could become worse if allowed to fester.
Help your children learn how to examine and find solutions to problems.  Kids who know how to approach a problem and resolve it effectively are less likely to be angry, frustrated, or violent.  Take advantage of "teachable moments" to help your child understand and apply these and other skills.
Discourage name-calling and teasing. These behaviors often escalate into fistfights (or worse). Whether the teaser is violent or not, the victim may see violence as the only way to stop it.
Insist on knowing your children's friends, whereabouts, and activities. It's your right. Make your home an inviting and pleasant place for your children and their friends; it's easier to know what they're up to when they're around. Know how to spot signs of troubling behavior in kids - yours and others.
Work with other parents to develop standards for school related events, acceptable out-of-school activities and places, and required adult supervision. Support each other in enforcing these standards.
Make it clear that you support school policies and rules that help create and sustain a safe place for all students to learn.  If your child feels a rule is wrong, discuss his or her reasons and what rule might work better.
Join up with other parents, through school and neighborhood associations, religious organizations, civic groups, and youth activity groups. Talk with each other about violence problems, concerns about youth in the community, sources of help to strengthen and sharpen parenting skills, and similar issues.

National Night Out

This annual pool party, usually held in August, is for Plainfield School District teenagers entering 6th-9th grades.  It provides kids with a fun end of the summer program. The evening includes food, music, swimming, and lots of fun! This activity is always coordinated by police officers, adult chaperons, and certified lifeguards. For more information, please contact the Plainfield Police Department at (815) 436-6544.


Senior Services

File For Life
The File for Life program consists of a magnetic red pouch which is affixed to the refrigerator of a senior. In addition, a red sticker can also be affixed to the front window of a residence, further alerting responding personnel to look for the file. Inside the packet are the homeowner's medical, prescription, and emergency contact information. If emergency personnel arrive on scene and see one of these packets, they can use it to get faster help for the injured person, gain knowledge of patient’s medical history, and begin corrective treatment at once. The File for Life Packets are available through the Plainfield Fire District, the Will County Sheriff’s Office, and the Plainfield Police Department.

Plainfield Triad Program

Triad means a three-way commitment among the chief(s) of police in a county, the sheriff, and older or retired leaders. They agree to work together to reduce the criminal victimization of the elderly and enhance the delivery of law enforcement services to older persons.
A major purpose of a Triad is to develop, expand and implement effective crime prevention and education programs for older community members. Activities center on both pre- and post-victimization aspects.
Triad also works to improve the quality of life for seniors. By providing an opportunity for the exchange of information between law enforcement and older persons, Triad can also focus on reducing unwarranted fear of crime.
The Plainfield Triad is a partnership with the Will County Sheriff’s, Plainfield Fire Protection District, Joliet Police Department, Plainfield Park District, and the Plainfield Police Department. The Plainfield Triad meets monthly on every fourth Tuesday.  All area seniors are welcome to attend.

Yellow Dot Program
Through the Plainfield Triad program, seniors expressed a need to get information to medical personnel when they were in their cars. Through research, the Yellow Dot Program was found. The Yellow Dot Program is a new senior citizen program for the State of Illinois. It allows emergency responders access to important medical information pertaining to the senior driver at the scene of an accident. Similar to the File of Life packets, which are kept on the refrigerator in senior’s homes, the Yellow Dot Program contains a ‘yellow dot’ that is affixed to the inside rear windshield notifying medical personnel that inside the glove compartment is pertinent medical and personal information and a recent photo of the victim. The File for Life Packets are available through the Plainfield Fire District, the Will County Sheriff’s Office, and the Plainfield Police Department.

Special Needs Alert Program (SNAP)

The Special Needs Alert Program (SNAP) is a collaborative effort of the Plainfield Police Department and Plainfield Fire Protection District. The program is designed to provide pertinent information to first responders about persons with special needs as they respond to a call for service at a particular address. The program is available to anyone with special needs in the Plainfield Police Department or Plainfield Fire District service areas. Any questions should be directed to Officer Erin Cook at (815) 267-7207.
How to Apply for SNAPSNAP Application Form

Vacation-Security Check Requests

Plainfield residents may have their residences checked while they are away on vacation. Simply fill out the Vacation-Security Check Request and drop it off at the Records Window. Make sure to include a contact number and your driver’s license number. Plainfield Police will check your residence daily if possible. When you return, call the non-emergency number (815-436-2341) and let us know that you’re back. You’ll need to provide your driver’s license number to the dispatcher for verification.