Police Department

Front door of Police Department with two squad cars parked next to building

In case of Emergency, Dial 911

In case of Non-Emergency, dial (708) 453-2121

Mission Statement

Our mission is to enhance the quality of life by maintaining order, protecting life and property, and reducing the fear of crime. We are partners with the community in identifying needs and solving problems while respecting the constitutional rights of all.


Specialties within the organization include:

  • Breathalyzer Operators
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Drug Recognition Expert
  • Evidence Technicians
  • Record and Parking Ticket Division
  • School Resource Officers
  • Youth Officers


Memberships include:

  • Northern Illinois Police Alarm System (NIPAS)
  • West Suburban Detectives Association
  • West Suburban Juvenile Officers Association
  • West Suburban Major Crimes Task Force (WESTAF)

EPay Online Payments

The following violations may be paid online for your convenience:

  • Ordinance violations C ticket No Court Appearance. These $75 tickets increase to $150 if not paid within ten (10) days of being issued.
  • Parking Tickets are $50 but increase to $75 if not paid before the due date on the ticket.

Traffic Enforcement

Regulating parking and traffic related issues in River Grove are of high importance, and the officers of River Grove are extremely dedicated to keeping our streets safe. Under the chief’s directive, there is an increased presence for parking/traffic enforcement. To avoid receiving a citation please, buckle-up, obey our parking signs, obey our traffic control devices, and our speed limits. Impaired and distracted driving is also illegal so avoid operating a vehicle when impaired and put the electronic devices down when operating a vehicle.

Snow Parking

As soon as the winter weather hits, our public works crews will be out salting and plowing streets. When it snows, please move your vehicles to the odd-numbered address side of the street. Once the odd-numbered address side of the street is plowed, then move your vehicles to the even-numbered address side. Vehicles left parked on the wrong side of the street will be ticketed.

Red Light Cameras

These cameras are traffic enforcement devices that capture an image of a vehicle which has entered an intersection against a red traffic light. By automatically photographing vehicles that run red lights, the camera produces evidence that assist authorities in their enforcement of traffic laws. The camera is triggered when a vehicle enters the intersection after the light has turned red. Vehicles must come to a complete stop before the white lines. A law enforcement official will review photographic evidence and determine whether a violation occurred. A citation is then mailed to the owner of the vehicle found to be in violation of the law.

Red Light Camera Locations

The village uses these traffic enforcement cameras in three places:

  • Grand Avenue eastbound at Thatcher Avenue
  • Thatcher Avenue southbound at Grand Avenue
  • River Road southbound at Grand Avenue


Our Police Department takes a proactive position on curfew violations. Children under 17 years of age have a curfew of 10:30 p.m. until 6 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 11:30 p.m. until 6 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. We ask parents to please have your children obey the curfew laws to avoid receiving a local ordinance citation with a mandatory hearing date.

Hand Held Electronic Devices

On July 1, 2019, the Illinois law, regarding distracted driving, was enhanced to increase penalties and to make this offense a moving violation. In Illinois, a driver who receives three moving violations in a 12 month period is subject to having their driver’s license suspended, receive a citation for this offense not counts towards a suspension. The driver of any vehicle is prohibited from using a hand-held cellular phone or other electronic communication devices while operating a motor vehicle.  Operating a motor vehicle is not only defined as physically driving, but a driver is also operating a motor vehicle when completely stopped in traffic at a traffic light, for example. In that case, if a driver is even holding an electronic communication or a similar device, the driver could be ticketed under the law. The use of hands-fee talking devices is acceptable in most case (there are exceptions), but to help prevent distractions with novice drivers, those persons 18 years and younger may not use a hands-free device at all.