Department Crime Prevention
Hinsdale Police Department Crime Prevention/D.A.R.E. Unit
is proud of the variety of programs and services it offers
to the residential and business community of Hinsdale. Our
programs include the following:
Since 1990 The Hinsdale Police Department has presented
the D.A.R.E. Program in all of Hinsdale Grade Schools. Our
D.A.R.E. Officers present these D.A.R.E. programs.
Is a 17-week program designed to give young people the facts
about drugs and alcohol and provide skills to resist social
pressures to experiment with tobacco, alcohol, and other
drugs. The program helps children raise their self-esteem,
teach them how to make decisions on their own and help them
identify positive alternatives to substance abuse, and other
History of D.A.R.E.
In 1990 Longtime Hinsdale Youth Officer Joe Gurak pushed
for the D.A.R.E. Program for Hinsdale schools. Officers
Joe Gurak & Pete Jirasek implemented the D.A.R.E. Program
and both started teaching it in 1990. Officer Mark Mandarino
began teaching D.A.R.E. in 1992. Officer Jirasek introduced
the D.A.R.E. Jr High program in Spring 1993, and
V.E.G.A. (Violence and Gang Education) in Fall 1993.
For more information contact:
DARE Officer Coughlin
(Violence Education Gang Awareness)
VEGA is taught to 6th grade students the year after the
D.A.R.E. curriculum. It offers prevention strategies to
deal with students at risk of gang involment and violence.
VEGA meets the goals of the Illionois State mandate to teach
violence prevention and conflict resolution skills in all
Five Principals of VEGA
Leadership - All students are capable of understanding,
learning and performing leadership tasks.
groups - The most effective students groups are
those which include different backgrounds, skill levels,
physical capabilities, and genders.
interdependence and individual accountability- students
need to learn to recoginize and value their dependence
upon each other. They are expected to participate. We
sink or swim together.
Skill acquisition - Working in a group requires
the acquistion of specific social skills which can be
taught and learned.
Autonomy - When students learn to resolve their
problems with little or no intervention from the teacher,
they become more autonomous and self - sufficient.
JR. High/Middle School Curriculum
The D.A.R.E. Jr. High/Middle School Curriculum is a ten-lesson
program taught in consecutive days in Hinsdale Eighth
Grade Classrooms in both public and parochial schools.
The program reinforces and expands upon concepts learned
in the core program. It gives specific information on
the risks involved in using drugs such as alcohol, tobacco,
marijuana, inhalants, and cocaine. The program also talks
about how to avoid violent relationships and develop good
The Crime Prevention Unit offers personal safety/stranger
danger programs for all elementary grade classrooms. These
programs cover topics such as staying away from strangers,
good/bad touching, home alone safety, and babysitting
A McGruff House is a temporary haven for children who
find themselves in emergency or frightening situations
such as being bullied, followed, or hurt while walking
in a neighborhood. A McGruff house provides a sense of
security and a source of emergency aid. It is not an escort
service or a guarantee of safety but rather a place for
appropriate short-term help by an adult for a child. For
more information please contact Officer Coughlin at 789-7070
Sample of a McGruff House placard.
The police department offers seminars on burglary prevention
and personal safety for adults. We also offer free home
security surveys for village residents. The crime prevention
officer will come out to your house and walk around with
you. The officer will then complete a security survey
and give you a copy! All it takes is a call to the crime
prevention unit of the Hinsdale Police Department to find
out how you or your organization can receive these free
This program provides a daily health & safety check
for participants. Participants call the Police Department
each morning by 10:00am and / or 9:00pm each evening,
seven days a week. Persons not contacting the department
by the appointed time, will be called by the Police Department.
If no response is forthcoming, An officer will be dispatched
to the person's residence to check on them. Participants
may call twice daily, mornings only, or evenings only.
You may choose whatever plan suits your lifestyle.
Requirements of program:
• Hinsdale Resident
• Provide a house or apartment key
The Hinsdale Police Department is a charter member of
the Downers Grove Township S.A.L.T. (Seniors and Lawmen
Together) Council. The Council meets every month in different
locations in the township. The Council addresses the health
and safety concerns of senior citizens living in the township.
The S.A.L.T. council also conducts a Senior Citizen Police
Academy twice a year. The Academy is a ten-lesson program
which mirrors training recruit police officers receive
when they attend police academies in Illinois. The Hinsdale
Police Department Crime Prevention Unit will be happy
to speak to any Hinsdale Senior Citizen Group. We offer
a special program for seniors on fraud and con game prevention.
Safety Seat Inspections
Contact Officer Coughlin at 789-7070 or e-mail
Purpose is to give residents the opportunity to learn
about police work in general and issues that face Law
Enforcement efforts in the Village of Hinsdale. The
Academy is hosted at the Hinsdale Police Station and
meets for 10 weeks. Participants must be 21 yrs old
and be a Hinsdale Resident.
Topics include: patrol, investigations, juveniles, traffic,
There is no cost for the program.
Personal Safety (Stranger Danger)
Prevention Site Survey
Training Officers (FTO)
Field Training Officers (FTO) have the responsibility
of teaching new recruits how to be come effective police
officers. This unit consists of Officers that have successfully
completed specialized training, and have been selected
to serve as both role model and mentor for new officers.
It is one of the most difficult and important assignments
in the police department. The 14 Week Program is modeled
after the original San Jose & the 1986 Boulder Police
Department training program.
Investigation Assistance Team (F.I.A.T)
The Hinsdale Police Department is an active member of
the Felony Investigation Assistance Team, or FIAT. FIAT
was first formed in the 1970's to allow several smaller
agencies to pool their often-limited resources and personnel
to handle major incidents.
Today, FIAT consists of 13 municipalities in south DuPage
County plus the DuPage County Sheriff's Police. FIAT largely
allows all of the member agencies to share equipment,
personnel and resources as needed for major crimes or
FIAT has developed four distinctive programs to address
the needs of police agencies.
Crimes Task Force. The Major Crimes Task Force consists
of four teams of highly trained investigators who are
mobilized to handle homicides, significant violent crimes,
serial crimes and extended surveillances. The Hinsdale
Police Department has 2 Investigators assigned to the
Major Crimes Task Force.
also provides a special event / field response program.
Utilizing this program, agencies can draw from other
police departments to provide additional manpower at
events such as large community events, street fairs
or potential demonstrations.
A Multi-Jursdictional Team SWAT, Special Weapons And
Tactics. The Team consists of nearly 30 members, including
Hostage Negotiators, Fire Department Tactical Medics.
SWAT Officers are on call 24/7. Most common SWAT Calls
are: barricaded gunmen, hostage rescue and armed suicidal
The SWAT Team trains on a monthly basis. Screening for
team members includes: Recommendation from Department
Chief, Panel Interview, Physical fitness test and successful
completion of two week SWAT Class. Officers are trained
in fully automatic sub-machine guns, assault rifles,
and scoped rifles.
FIAT Website: www.fiatswat.go.to
let us know if you need any help in addressing a safety
issue in your neighborhood. Just call (630) 789-7070 and
ask to speak to the Crime Prevention Officer.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 12:01