Specialty Units



The Elmhurst Police Department Canine Unit currently consists of Officer T. Poli and his canine partner, Diesel, a Belgian Malinois (pronounced mal-n-wah). Diesel is a dual-purpose police dog, cross-trained for both patrol and narcotic detection work. Our canine team is accomplished at tracking suspects and in drug detection situations, with off-leash training in obedience, agility, tracking, building search, area search, article search, handler protection, and criminal apprehension. The narcotic detection includes training to detect marijuana, cocaine (including crack), heroin, methamphetamine, and MDMA (ecstasy) with a passive alert response.

Officer Poli and K-9 Diesel attend many canine seminars and specialized training each year.

This team is in great demand not only by our own department, but also by other local police departments and federal agencies. In 2015, the Elmhurst Police Department’s K9 Unit had a busy year during their assignment to the Midnight shift.



The Elmhurst Police Department's Emergency Response Team (ERT) was formed in 1981, with the assignment of 6 patrol officers and 1 sergeant. The mission of the unit was to train for, and respond to, unusual or high risk situations that are periodically encountered in law enforcement.

In recent years, the ERT is comprised of 2 segments and 7 specially-trained patrol officers. Specialized equipment has been added to enhance the ERT's ability to conduct narcotic raids, high-risk search warrant execution, rescue operations, barricaded subjects, hostage incidents, suicide threats, and other high-risk situations.

In order to maintain their high level of expertise, ERT trains on a frequent basis and participates in field training exercises that are taught by some of the nations leading tactical instructors.

During all types of training, a strong emphasis is placed on teamwork, physical fitness, and innovative responses to challenging and unique situations. A successful ERT mission is one that is resolved swiftly, with the utmost regard for safety and human life.  Officers assigned to the team are cross-trained in a variety of areas and are capable of filling any number of roles at a moment’s notice.

All team members belong to state and national tactical officers’ associations to keep up with the latest tactics and equipment.


Crisis Negotiators

Crisis negotiation is a set of communication skills designed to reduce the risks of a critical incident and increase the options available to resolve a situation peacefully.

The Elmhurst Police Crisis Negotiation Team is made up of full-time, sworn officers who obtain additional training in negotiation and crisis intervention tactics. These officers respond to critical incidents where a person poses a threat to themselves or others.

Some of the incidents the team may respond to include those involving:

  • Barricaded person
  • Domestic problems
  • Emotionally disturbed persons
  • High risk warrant service
  • Hostage incidents
  • Persons trapped in the act of committing a crime
  • Suicidal persons

The goal of the Crisis Negotiation Team is to peacefully resolve crisis situations by listening and responding to concerns through the use of effective communication tactics. The crisis negotiators are another group of professionals within the Elmhurst Police Department who are dedicated to maintaining the safety of the residents and visitors to the City of Elmhurst.

Traffic Unit

To address traffic issues, the department uses a three-pronged approach termed the three Es, Engineering, Education, and Enforcement, to address traffic safety issues.

• The Police Department works with the Engineering Division of the Public Works Department to analyze and evaluate traffic issues and traffic safety.

• Educational programs are designed to build motorists’ awareness and promote traffic safety.  S.M.A.R.T. (Speed Monitoring Awareness Radar Trailer) are currently being used to make drivers more aware of their speeds as they travel in Elmhurst.

• The entire police force is trained to Enforce traffic safety laws as a part of their regular duties. In addition, the department has a Traffic Unit consisting of officers working special enforcement details paid for with grants from the IL Dept. of Transportation. The Traffic Unit monitors streets and intersections with high crash frequencies in addition to enforcing truck weight limits and routes, as well as seatbelt and DUI laws

Speed Kills

Many people believe the worst that can happen to them is receiving a ticket, but they are wrong. Speeding can kill or disable you or a loved one, especially your children. Please make a conscious effort to be a good citizen and a safe driver by staying within the posted speed limits, wearing seat belts at all times, watching out for pedestrians, and being courteous to other drivers.

Slow down and keep our neighborhoods and streets safe.

Speed Facts

• On average 13,000 Americans are killed every year in speed related crashes
• 30% of all fatal crashes involved speeding
• Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for young drivers
• Of drivers under 21 involved in fatal crashes, 38% of the males and 24% of the females were speeding
• The economic cost of speed-related crashes in the United States is estimated to be more than $29 billion annually
• The minimum cost of a speeding ticket is $75 (more than 98% of speeders are found guilty in court)
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Did You Know?

• Elmhurst passed an ordinance reducing the speed limit on all residential streets to 25 mph
• On average, the Elmhurst Police Department handles a total of 2,500 traffic accidents per year
• Speed is a contributing factor in 31% of all crashes in the U.S.
• A significant number of speeders in Elmhurst actually live in Elmhurst

Overweight/Oversize Vehicle Permits
Oxcart Online Permits

The City of Elmhurst has entered into an agreement with Oxcart Permit Systems effective April 1, 2015 for all overweight and oversize vehicle permits. This new web-based system offers permit applicants a simple and effective way to obtain permits in a timely manner. Applicants must simply visit oxcartpermits and click on the “Trucking” tab and create an account to get started. Once the account is opened, the applicant will be able to request permits through an easy to use online permit application. Once the application is electronically submitted, it will be reviewed by Code Enforcement. Upon approval, the applicant will receive notice of approval through email. The applicant can then make a payment using any major credit card and the permit will be immediately issued in an electronic format.


Oversize/Overweight Vehicle(PDF) Permit Fee Schedule
General Permit Provisions(PDF)

Bike Patrol    

The Elmhurst Police Department Bicycle Patrol Unit began in 1996 and has since evolved to include both enforcement and community relations aspects to the program. The unit is now used on a daily basis over the summer months with generally two bicycle officers out riding during their shift. The program, which has been well-received by both the officers and the community, has brought new diversity to the Elmhurst Police Department's community engagement and law enforcement efforts.
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