From time to time the Lake Bluff Police Department is called upon to assist with or respond to situations involving persons with special needs such as; mental illness, autism, epilepsy, Alzheimer's disease, or other disabilities. Although some Police Department personnel are trained to assist during these types of situations, it would be a tremendous asset for the Police Department, as well as the Public, to be aware of a special situation before arriving on scene. This knowledge will assist the Police Department in:
Sending appropriately trained Staff to respond;
Deploying an appropriate number of personnel during emergencies; and
Decreasing the chances of injuries occurring.
This Special Concerns Response Program for Law Enforcement is a result of the State enacted Premise Alert Program, which offers guidance and direction to public safety personnel in responding to and assisting people with special needs and/or disabilities. This is a team approach to allowing first responders to obtain as much information as possible prior to arriving to the area where assistance is needed. The first step in the program is for residents and employers to complete the applicable Special Concerns Response Program form. Once the form is complete, please submit the form to the Police Department by either dropping it off in person or via mail to 45 E. Center Avenue.
This information will be entered and maintained in a highly confidential information program as part of the Police Department's Computer Aided Dispatch System. When a call for service is received involving the address and/or person listed, the special concerns information is made available and can be communicated quickly to responding units. Depending on the situation, respondents will be better equipped to develop the best possible plan to ensure the safety of the person, the Officers, and the Public. Additional information is also available by calling the Police Department's non-emergency number at 847-234-8760.