The Naperville Park District Park Police have been serving the citizens and community of Naperville since 1970. They are charged with maintaining the peace within all of Naperville’s parks and they employ the philosophy of “Achieving Compliance through Customer Service.”
The Park Police, on average, maintain an officer complement of 14 part-time sworn police officers; an additional 5 sworn police officers make up the Park Police Command Staff.
Mission Statement: To provide a high quality of service using the values of the Naperville Park District. The Park Police embrace customer service using the concept of problem-solving and the Community Policing Philosophy.
Park Hours: Sunrise until one hour after sunset
Community Park Hours: As determined by Park District approved programmed activities
Park Police phone numbers:
Dial 911 for all emergencies
Park Watch Line: 630-848-5050
Patrol Desk: 630-848-3510
Officer on duty: 630-601-0925
Chief of Police: 630-848-5049
How we’re structured
Patrol Division: This unit interacts with the community most often. They are the first-responders to all calls and incidents at the Park District. The Park Service Officer (PSO) Corps also is a part of this division. They are assigned to monitoring duties at Centennial Beach and the Riverwalk.
Bike Patrol: The Bike Patrol uses police mountain bikes to get from place to place and are responsible for patrolling the Riverwalk and bike trails.
Event Security: We provide event security to ensure the safety of our guests at various events and activities. This includes events held at Naperville Park District facilities as well as community events.
Hours of operation:
Main Riverwalk: sunrise-12:00 a.m.
Riverwalk west end: sunrise-until 10:00 p.m.
Ordinance 641 is the Park District governance of our parks and property and various usage issues of our parks and facilities. Specifically, the Ordinance addresses the following: golfing in parks, after-hours park usage, parking on grass, swimming, skating and fishing on our ponds, alcohol use and sound amplification, unleashed dogs, biking and skating, sales and vending, fireworks and weapons, encroachment issues and more.
Park Police Services
We provide many different services to the Naperville community. These include:
Parking and Traffic – ensuring that parking is controlled and organized so that available space is utilized to its maximum potential.
Encroachment Investigations – investigating when debris is dumped on Park District property or when individual property is extended onto District property. Park Police enforces encroachment policy and ensures that these situations are handled appropriately.
Community Education and Relations – providing education related to crime prevention, gang awareness, Safety Town and more.
Park Facility Checks – ensuring that parks, facilities and structures are inspected for unsafe conditions and reported for repair.
Eagle Eye Park Watch Program
Seemore the Park Watch Eagle is our Park Watch mascot. He asks our residents to help keep our parks safe by keeping an “eagle eye” out for any suspicious activities that you may see and report them by calling the Park Watch Line.
Seemore makes special appearances at parades and at park openings throughout the community. Seemore also is available for your upcoming special event. Call 848-5025 to find out his availability.
Officer David White Scholarship
On an evening in early September 2006, Officer David White, a Naperville Park Police Officer, was ending his shift. However, before he did so, he drove through a nearby park to make one more check of the area. Upon doing so, he found a young man in distress and took action to save his life.
For his actions, Officer White received the Park Police Life Saving Award. A local donor offered to start an annual fund that will award a $2,000 scholarship to a deserving college student who demonstrates a strong commitment to public service and community volunteerism.
An excerpt from a letter written by the young man’s mother explained her family’s gratitude: “Because of Officer White going above and beyond the normal process, following his instincts and (with) genuine concern for the safety of the people he comes in contact with, he saved (a) life. There are no words that could ever express our appreciation for Officer White’s efforts; by listening to his heart, he has forever affected the life of our family.”
More information on the 2014 David White Scholarship
2014 Scholarship Application
Park Patron thank you program
Naperville Park District Park Police have introduced a program to reward good works accomplished by visitors to our parks. In the event that a Park Police Officer witnesses a patron displaying exceptional behavior that helps protect or maintain one of our parks, the officer will reward the individual with a Belgio's or McDonald's gift card and letter of gratitude. Certain acts that may be rewarded include: picking up garbage, reporting suspicious activity, finding and returning lost items, etc. Rewarding patrons is left to the discretion of each officer.