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Community programs

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  • Solicitation. The Village Code prohibits persons from soliciting private property if the owner asks the person to leave the property or has a notice posted that prohibits solicitation. Download a No Solicitation legend.

  • Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and risk avoidance, while progressing on to the basics of hands-on defense training.

  • R.A.D. Kids is a curriculum based on accelerated learning theories that provides realistic safety plans and options enabling children to escape dangerous situations.

  • I-Search is a personal safety program in which a police officer and an instructor go into the grades K, 2, 4, 6 and 8 in River Forest schools and discuss a variety of topics.

  • Junior Citizens Police Academy is a 40 hour Police/Fire awareness course. Students between 10-15 years old get a chance to participate in a variety of activities and lessons about Police and Fire Service.

  • Crime Prevention Information is available from River Forest Police Officers who will come to your home or business and discuss various methods to reduce the likelihood of a crime.

  • Gun Locks are available to residents of River Forest at the police station at no cost. The lock is used to prevent accidents involving hand guns in the home. Residents must have a valid Firearms Owners Identification Card to receive a lock. Contact us to request a gun lock.

  • Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE). The DARE program consists of 17 lessons that are taught by uniformed officers of the River Forest Police Department that have received special training and certification. The lessons are taught once a week for 17 weeks with the last lesson being the culmination ceremony.

  • Hazard Mitigation. The Village takes part of the Cook County Hazard Mitigation Plan

  • Child Safety Seat Inspection Program.

For more information on these Police Department programs, contact the Support Services Division. For traffic and general enforcement issues, contact the Patrol Divison.