Community Response Team
Gang/Drug Crimes Unit
The Carpentersville Police Department has a special unit that focuses
on enforcement, intervention and prevention to reduce gang/drug activity
within the city.
Specifically, the CPD Community Response Team Unit works to suppress
criminal gang activity, investigate gang and drug-related crimes and
gather intelligence on known and suspected gang members. The unit
provides the department with experts in intelligence, expertise and
training specific to gang and drug-related crimes and provides awareness
training to schools, corporations, social service agencies, probation
officers and civilian groups.
A gang is defined as three or more persons with an established hierarchy
that, through its membership or through the agency of any member,
engages in a course or pattern of criminal activity.
The consequences of gang affiliation are high. Membership and
association often guarantees a criminal history that can impede a
person's ability or likelihood to succeed in life. Gang members also
jeopardize the safety of family members. Gang members often retreat from
the positive influences in their community including friends, family,
schools and community organizations. They find their only friends are
active gang members who become part of their own extended family.
Steps parents can take:
- Talk to your child. Discuss the consequences of becoming
involved in a gang.
- Involve your children in family and outside activities.
- Take an active role in your child's education and progress.
- Monitor social media activity.
- Become acquainted with the resources available within your
- Work with the Carpentersville Police Department in identifying
and intervening in gang activities before they become a problem for
- Respond quickly in removing graffiti.
- Report suspected gang activity immediately. In an emergency,
dial 9-1-1. You may also wish to consult a gang specialist. Contact
our Gang Crimes Unit at 847-551-3481.
The Carpentersville Police Department Adult Investigations Unit
handles all major crimes such as murder, robberies, sexual assaults, and
other crimes involving adult offenders. Most detectives assigned to the
Unit have a broad base of investigative experience and knowledge and
work a wide variety of cases.
Financial Crimes Unit
The Adult Investigations Unit also has a Financial Crimes Unit that
investigates identity theft, forgery, computer / Internet crimes,
confidence crimes, and other white collar crimes.
Contacting Detectives / Providing Information
Detectives welcome information that can be provided on any crime.
They prefer information from non-confidential sources; however, all
detectives will respect your privacy and know the importance of allowing
people to provide confidential information and remain anonymous.
To provide information that will help detectives solve a crime or
locate a suspect, please call the Carpentersville Crime Tip Line at
847-551-3488. Rewards may be available for significant information.
The members of the Adult Investigations Unit are dedicated to solving
crimes and working with the community in order to improve quality of
life and make Carpentersville a safety place to live.
How Cases are Assigned
The Carpentersville Police Department Investigations Units are sent
anywhere from 15 to 20 cases per day for review. Most initial crimes are
reported to patrol officers or officers working at the Information Desk.
Cases that do not require the immediate response of an investigator are
processed in the Records Department and then electronically sent to
investigative supervisors for review the next day.
Assigning the Case
Supervisors review the reports and assign cases based on the
- Seriousness of the crime
- Number of crimes or identified patterns
- Suspect information
- Physical evidence
- Other solvability factors
Preventing Identity Theft / Credit Card Fraud
- Sign your cards as soon as they arrive
- Keep a record of your account numbers, their expiration dates,
and the phone number and address of each company in a secure place
- Keep an eye on your card during the transaction and get it back
as soon as possible
- Void incorrect receipts
- Destroy carbons
- Save receipts to compare with billing statements
- Open bills promptly and reconcile accounts monthly, just as you
would your checking account
- Report any questionable charges promptly and in writing to the
- Notify card companies in advance of a change of address
- Lend your card to anyone
- Leave cards or receipts lying around
- Sign a blank receipt. When you sign a receipt, draw a line
through any blank spaces above the total.
- Write your account number on a postcard or the outside of an
- Give out your account number over the phone unless you're making
the call to a company you know is reputable. If you have questions
about the company, check it out with your local consumer protection
office or the Better Business Bureau