Police officers attend a state-certified police academy and 12 weeks of specialized training in conservation and Forest Preserve District ordinances, rules and regulations. Other training areas include advanced investigation, evidence, firearms, juveniles, response options and instruction. In-service training also keeps staff knowledgeable about legal updates, law-enforcement authority and human rights. Civilian personnel handle administrative duties, accreditation, and evidence, property and records managment.
DuPage forest preserves are safe places to play, relax and have fun. While visiting your favorite preserve, follow a few tips to additionally ensure your safety.
The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies was formed in 1979. CALEA established a body of standards designed to increase a law enforcement agency's capabilities to prevent and control crime, increase effectiveness and efficiency in its services, enhance cooperation and coordination with other law enforcement and criminal justice agencies, and increase citizen and employee confidence in the goals, objectives, policies, and practices of the agency. CALEA has developed an accreditation process that provides law enforcement agencies an opportunity to voluntarily demonstrate that they meet a set of professional standards and best police practices.
The Forest Preserve District's law enforcement department is the first Illinois preserve or park district agency to meet CALEA's law enforcement accreditation standards.
How to File a Complaint
To file a complaint against Forest Preserve District law enforcement operations, personnel or their conduct, call 630-933-7240 to speak to a command officer. You can also complete a complaint form in-person at our headquarters in Wheaton. Your complaint can remain anonymous. Read the complete citizen-complaint procedures (PDF) online.