Village of Riverwoods

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Riverwoods Police Department

845 Saunders Rd.
Riverwoods, IL 60015

Mission Statement

The mission of the Riverwoods Police Department is to enhance the quality of life while providing a safe and secure environment for all persons within the Village. Department members are dedicated to acting in partnership with the community to provide professional, high quality service.

School Season means School Buses

The school season will begin in August with children heading off to school. Most children go to school and return home on school buses.

The Riverwoods Police Department vigorously enforces school bus laws designed to provide for the safety of our children.

We thought it might be helpful if we took the time to review the school bus regulations with you.

The following requirements apply to ALL two lane roads such as Deerfield and Riverwoods roads.

  1. School bus drivers are required to signal their intent to stop by activating the amber overhead lights not less than 100 feet before they come to a stop. This is your first warning that the bus is about to stop and you should begin preparing for the stop.
  2. Once the bus stops, the bus driver is required to place the bus into neutral and then activate the emergency / parking brake. All the while the amber lights continue to flash, warning drivers there are children present and extra caution is necessary around the bus.
  3. The driver then opens the door. The moment the door begins to open, the system switches the lights from Amber flashing to Red flashing.
  4. YOU MAY NOT PASS THE BUS FROM EITHER DIRECTION WHILE THE RED LIGHTS ARE ACTIVATED. Once the red lights start flashing, a mechanical stop sign begins to deploy and is fully deployed within two seconds. WHILE THE RED LIGHTS ARE FLASHING, you may not pass the bus even if the stop arm has not fully deployed.
  5. Once the children are on or off of the bus, the driver will close the doors. Once the doors are fully closed the red lights will cease to flash.

If you are stopped and/or cited for a passing a stopped school bus, Illinois law provides that if you are found guilty at trial you will be fined a minimum of $150.00, plus court costs. Your driver’s license will be suspended for a minimum of 3 months. Judges are NOT permitted, under Illinois law, to give supervision or reduce the fine for this violation. Some violators have paid fines and court cost in excess of $500.00.

Please take extra care around a school bus. You may save an extra minute or two by passing it, but you are also compromising the safety of our children. If caught, you not only lose any time you may have gained, but you may pay a considerable price for the attempt.


Created October 31, 2001, the Riverwoods Police Department is a full service, twenty-four hour agency, comprised of 7 full time sworn officers, 9 part time sworn officers, and 3 part time records administrators.

Services, include, but are not limited to: 24-hour preventative patrols (including bicycle patrols), emergency response, traffic and parking enforcement, criminal and juvenile investigations, illegal drug and alcohol enforcement, child safety seat installation, assistance to persons locked out of their houses or vehicles, crime prevention, and limited animal control assistance. A house watch program is in place for Residents leaving town who would like their homes checked.

Crime Prevention services include:

The Department offers a Premise Alert Program (PAP) in support of individuals living with disabilities or special needs as well as police and emergency medical personnel responding to calls at a related address. Individuals with disabilities or special needs wishing to participate in the program may supply information to be kept in our computer aided dispatch (CAD) database free of charge. See Forms for more Information.

The Department is equipped with the latest technology, including Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) in every squad car, "enhanced 911", and access to local, state, and national databases through in-car computers.

The Department is prepared to respond to critical incidents and is supported through memberships with the Lake County Major Crimes Task Force (comprised of experienced investigators and crime scene technicians), the Northeastern Illinois Regional Crime Laboratory, the Lake County Major Crash Assistance Team, and the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System (Mutual Aid).

Premise Alert program

The Riverwoods Police Department, along with the Lincolnshire-Riverwoods Fire Protection District and the Deerfield-Bannockburn Fire Protection District, provide a Premise Alert Program (PAP) in support of individuals living with disabilities or special needs as well as police and emergency medical personnel responding to calls at a related address. Individuals with disabilities or special needs wishing to participate in the program may supply information to be kept in our computer aided dispatch (CAD) database free of charge. Information may also be supplied by the individual’s family members, friends, caregivers, or medical personnel familiar with the individual.

When a 911 operator sends police or emergency medical personnel to an address in the database, the information will be passed on to the emergency responders. The information gathered as part of PAP shall remain strictly confidential and will be used only to provide assistance to the emergency medical and police responders.

Individuals with disabilities are those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities.

Individuals with special needs are those who have or are at increased risk for a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional condition and who also require mental health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by individuals generally.

The intent of the Premise Alert Program is to afford people with special needs or disabilities the same access to public safety services provided to all citizens. Provision of the information will not result in preferential treatment, but it will enhance the ability of emergency responders to effectively deal with those individuals.

If you would like to provide information for a person with a disability or special needs for entry into our computer aided dispatch system, please fill out a Premise Alert Enrollment Form below. Forms also are available at the Police Department or on the Police Department website under forms. The form must be filled out every two years. Information not renewed after two years will be removed.

Download Premise Alert Form

Illinois Firearm Concealed Carry Law

In January of 2014, the State of Illinois enacted the Firearm Concealed Carry Act (430 ILCS 66/1, et al). The Act allows private citizens, who meet certain requirements, to lawfully possess firearms on their persons in most public places. It is important for Riverwoods residents to be aware of the law. Here are some basic facts, however, license holders should read and be familiar with the entire Act.

The Act allows a person with a valid Concealed Cary License (CCL) to carry a loaded or unloaded concealed handgun, fully concealed or partially concealed (mostly concealed from public view), on or about his or her person and to keep or carry a loaded or unloaded concealed firearm within a vehicle.

A licensee is required to possess a valid CCL at all times when carrying a loaded concealed firearm, absent the following exceptions:

If an officer of a law enforcement agency initiates an investigative stop, including but not limited to a traffic stop, a CCL holder carrying a concealed firearm must, upon the request of the officer, disclose that he or she is in possession of a concealed firearm and present their CCL. During a traffic stop, any passenger within the vehicle who is a licensee and carrying a firearm must also comply.

The Act provides for over twenty locations in which a CCL holder is prohibited from carrying a concealed firearm, including schools, government buildings, publicly funded transportation vehicles and buildings, and parks. CCL holders should be aware of the complete list of prohibited locations. The ACT directs managers of these locations to post standardized signs at the public entrance.

A CCL licensee shall be permitted to carry a concealed firearm while he or she is traveling along a public right of way that touches or crosses any of the prohibited areas if the concealed firearm is carried on his or her person in accordance with the provisions of the Act or is being transported in a vehicle by the licensee in accordance with all other applicable provisions of law

The owner of private real property of any type may prohibit the carrying of concealed firearms on the property under his or her control. The owner must post a sign in accordance with the Act, indicating that firearms are prohibited on the property, unless the property is a private residence.

A CCL licensee is prohibited from carrying a concealed handgun while under the influence of alcohol, other drug or drugs, intoxicating compound or combination of compounds, or any combination thereof, under the standards set forth in subsection (a) of Section 11-501 of the Illinois Vehicle Code.

For more information on the act, applying for a CCL, and posting prohibited signage, visit the Illinois State Police Site on Concealed Carry Licensing at

For questions or more information, contact Chief of Police Bruce Dayno at 847-945-1130 or email

Burglar Alarm Registration

The Village of Riverwoods Mayor and Board of Trustees modified Ordinance 5-1F-4 of the Riverwoods Village Code covering ALARM USER REGISTRATION.

In order to allow the Riverwoods Police Department to closely monitor alarm activity and identify alarm users, every alarm system within the Village must be registered with the Police Chief and each registration must be renewed annually on or before December 31st. This will enable us to maintain accurate contact information for responding to alarms. It should also reduce false alarms.

The initial registration fee is twenty-five dollars ($25.00) per system and must be paid at time of application. The annual renewal fee is fifteen dollars ($15.00) for each system. Upon change in ownership of the premises in which the alarm system is installed, a re-registration by the new owner is required, as well as a new initial registration fee.

If you have registered your alarm system with the Village at anytime in the past, you need only update your information and pay the $15.00 annual renewal fee. If you are uncertain if you have previously registered or not, contact Police Records at 847-945-1130.

The information contained in an alarm user registration application and other information received by the Police Chief will be securely maintained. The information contained in the alarm registration will not be used for any purpose not related to official matters without the express written consent of the alarm user supplying the information.

Operating an alarm system without first registering will be a violation of the Village Code.

If you have a burglar/holdup alarm system, please fill out the attached application and mail it to the Riverwoods Police Department with the appropriate fee.

Download Registration Form

Complaints and Compliments

If a member of the public has a complaint against a Riverwoods Police Department member, or would like to compliment a member, he or she can report the incident directly to Riverwoods Police Chief Bruce Dayno.

  1. Contact the Chief of Police at 847-945-1130.
  2. Come in person to the Police Department to discuss the matter with the Chief of Police.
  3. Email the Chief of Police at
  4. Write to the Riverwoods Chief of Police at 845 Saunders Rd, Riverwoods, IL 60015.