McHenry County Sheriff’s Office Dispatches for the Village of Prairie Grove
Both 911 and Non-Emergency (815) 338-2144
Emergency Call 911
If you need an OFFICER to respond to your location for an Emergency or Non-Emergency situation,
Please Call 911.
Do not call the Prairie Grove Police Department.
Chief of Police Michael Goins
About the Police Department
We the men and women of the Prairie Grove Police Department are sworn to maintain peace, and to protect life and property. We are guardians of society's laws. Our mission is to reduce crime and promote the quality of life that people of this community deserve. We accomplish this by dedication, integrity, and compassion along with safeguarding constitutional rights.
Passed by the Village Board of Trustees in December 2019, Notwithstanding any posted sign to the contrary, it shall be unlawful for any person to park any vehicle, or cause any
vehicle to be parked, on any Public Street in the Village at any time in any year between December 1st – April 15th. (Municipal Code, Chapter 5, Section 5.21)
Parking After a Snowfall:
5.22 PARKING AFTER A SNOWFALL Ord. 464 A. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to park or cause to be parked any vehicle on any public street in the Village at any time after a snowfall of 2 inches or more has occurred, unless the street has been cleared of snow and snow removal operations have been completed.
Programs available for Residents
FREE GUNLOCKS available at the Police Department - PROJECT CHILD SAFE (putting a lock on safety in your home).
The Prairie Grove Police Department offers a vacation house watch program and Notary Public Services. The vacation watch request must be made in person at the station.
Residential Alarms: The Police Department encourages all homeowners that leave home for extended stays to install an alarm system. This allows Police personnel to respond quickly in an emergency situation. All residents with existing alarms should Click Here, to download "Police Alarm Permit Form" and return it to the Police Department (No fee required - this will ensure that the Police Department has all of your emergency contact information.)
Premise Alert Program: The Illinois Premise Alert Program (Public Act 96-0788) provides for Public Safety Agencies in the State of Illinois to allow people with special needs to provide information to Police, Fire and EMS personnel to be kept in a database. The information can then be provided to responders dealing with situations involving the special needs individuals. The information provided by you will be kept confidential and used only to provide Police, Fire and EMS personnel with the information needed to deal with situations or emergencies involving a special needs person. The notification expires two (2) years after the date it was submitted. Please click here to get more information or to print the application form for submittal to the Prairie Grove Police Department.
As a citizen, you have the ability to request your own Vacation Watch that will be directed right to our police department. Click here: https://www.frontlinepss.com/prairiegrove
Smart911 allows residents, employees, and visitors within McHenry County, prior to an emergency, to provide information about themselves and family members.
Register today at https://www.smart911.com/
Smart911 is free, private, and secure. Smart911 is a national database meaning your Safety Profile will be immediately available in McHenry County and to all participating 9-1-1 centers across the United States when an individual’s 9-1-1 call is answered. Telecommunicators and emergency responders will receive, and made aware of, the individual’s self-provided vital personal and medical information to help understand and respond to an emergency faster and with more detail.
The information is associated with a mobile or home phone number, via a self-registration portal. Information such as known medical issues, mental health conditions, emergency contacts, and locations of utility shut offs within a home or business, are just a few examples of what can be entered.
Your Safety Profile is private and secure, and only available to 9-1-1 when you place an emergency call from a registered phone number. When you create your Safety Profile, you choose what information to include and what details are important to share with responders. Every household has different needs, and Smart911 allows you to customize your Safety Profile to your household. Additional information can help responders better understand who may be in need of assistance, where they are located, and gauge their response accordingly.
For example, when a child is reported missing, and the caller’s profile contains the child’s current photo and physical description, the telecommunicator is able to forward these details to officers in the field to expedite a search. This is also of great benefit for children with autism or adults with Alzheimer’s or Dementia who may wander.
The information provided to the responding personnel can make a great difference in any situation. Knowing the apartment number for a caller in a multiple unit building, having information on someone in the house who has a physical or mental disability, and knowing utility details such as the location of gas, heating, and water shut off valves can have a huge impact on response times and effectiveness.
If there is a fire in your home, it is important for responding agencies to be aware of how many people and animals could be in the home. The location and number of bedrooms to begin a search can assist in bringing everyone to safety.
Pets may also be included in your profile, which can lead to greater safety not only for your pet, but also for responding officers.
You may even include details about your vehicles should you be in an accident, and are able to call 9-1-1 to report the emergency, as well as providing emergency contacts that may need to be notified.
Today, approximately 70% of incoming calls to 9-1-1 are from mobile phones, and the only information available is the incoming phone number and some general information of the caller’s location. At times, it may be difficult to quickly and accurately determine the exact location of an emergency.
With a Smart911 Safety Profile, 9-1-1 telecommunicators and responding agencies can receive the work or home address associated with the calling phone number, along with any other information individuals elect to share, which can then be passed on to responding personnel in the field.
9-1-1 centers receive various types of calls, and when the caller is frantic, experiencing a medical emergency, unable to speak, is a young child, or the situation hinders the caller’s ability to offer accurate information, their Safety Profile may provide those missing details that can help us determine the appropriate response.
It is important to reiterate, your Safety Profile is private and secure, and only available to 9-1-1 when you place an emergency call from a registered phone number.