Child Safety

Curfew

The curfew for children 17 and younger is 11:00 PM on weeknights (Sunday - Thursday) and 12:00 AM on Friday and Saturday.  This curfew is the same all year; it does not change due to the season or when school is out of session.  Children caught violating the curfew are subject to arrest.

Illinois Sex Offender Registry

The Illinois State Police provides an online listing of sex offenders required to register in the State of Illinois. The database is updated daily and allows searching by name, city, county, zip code, compliance status, or any combination thereof.

Stranger Danger

The stranger danger program is usually presented to children between five and seven years old. The program is designed to help Law Enforcement support what parents teach their children about strangers and how to be safe. The program emphasizes the "Never-Ever Rule" regarding talking, receiving gifts or taking rides from strangers. They are also taught the "No-Go-Tell Rule" if ever approached by a stranger.

Police Officers Are Your Friends/Dialing 9-1-1

This program is aimed at preschool-aged children. It introduces children to a law enforcement officer and teaches children how to dial 9-1-1 and when or when not to dial 9-1-1. 

Gang and Drug Prevention

This D.A.R.E program is taught to fourth and fifth graders and consists of lessons about saying “no” and resisting pressures to experiment with drugs. It also incorporates saying no to violence and gang involvement. Supplemental gang and drug prevention presentations are available for community youth groups.

The Police Department offers a variety of safety programs aimed at parents that correlate with the safety programs for kids.

Child Safety and Abduction Prevention

This program gives parents general child safety tips. It includes discussions about “Latchkey Children” (children of working parents who care for themselves for a short period of time). Also, the program complements what children are taught about the Never-Ever Rule and the No-Go-Tell Rule. In addition, the program discusses facts about child abduction, police procedures, and the Amber Alert Plan. The Department also offers free Child Identification Packets to residents.

Drug Abuse Awareness

This program educates parents about recent trends in drug abuse by teenagers. It also teaches parents to recognize many of the commonly abused drugs and the effects these drugs have when abused. The most commonly abused drugs by young people are nicotine, alcohol, marijuana and inhalants. Other drugs discussed are designer drugs, club drugs and “date rape” drugs.

Gang Awareness

This program will educate parents about gangs. It will give parents a brief history of gangs and attempts to answer many frequently asked questions regarding gangs:

  • What is a gang?
  • What is gang activity?
  • What are some identifiers of a gang member?
  • Are there gangs in the south suburbs?
  • Why do kids join gangs?

Internet Safety

This program will educate parents on the importance of internet safety. Internet guidelines for parents are discussed to ensure safe surfing. Topics include pornography, violence, pedophiles, and illegal drugs.

Contact the Police Department at (708) 206-3420 regarding any questions pertaining to child safety.

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