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Crime Prevention

Ride Along Program (For Residents of St. Charles)

The Ride Along Program is a program where residents can have the opportunity to ride along with an officer for a three-hour period of their choice and to see what type of duties might be expected of a St. Charles Police Officer. Criminal history checks are run on the prospective ride along applicants prior to approval. If approved, the applicant will be allowed to observe all activities that do not have elements of personal risk.

Download a Ride Along Application Form.


Home Crime Prevention

The St. Charles Police Department maintains a proactive crime prevention program that supports citizen involvement aimed at reducing crimes of opportunity.

This is a 3-part program:

Vacation House Watch provides a watch service for an unoccupied residence when the occupants are on vacation. Come to the police station to fill out a form or bring in your downloaded, completed form to register. Vacation House Watch Form (PDF - 64k).

Elder Watch

Elder Watch is a free program that is designed to assist police, fire, and ambulance personnel with information that may be needed to help seniors in a crisis or medical emergency. Citizens aged 60 and over can download the two-page Elder Watch Application Form (PDF - 53k) or pick one up at the Police Department.

Citizen Police Academy & Youth Police Academy

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a part of the law enforcement profession? The St. Charles Police Department offers an annual Citizen Police Academy every spring. 

The Citizens Police Academy (CPA) is meant to give residents and business owners a better understanding of how the St. Charles Police Department operates.  Participants will get to meet officers face to face and discover what daily life is like for them. Some of the areas covered in the CPA include:

Safety Town

The Safety Town program teaches safety to five and six year olds in a wide range of areas including fire safety, stranger awareness, bicycle and pedestrian safety, gun safety, animal awareness, poison awareness, and water safety. Traditionally there are eight 9-day sessions each year with a maximum of 25 children per session.

Crime Prevention

We encourage you to take advantage of the information and programs that are offered by the City of St. Charles Police Department. Whether it's by properly using a child's car seat or by registering your family's bicycles, we feel that by taking precautions, citizens can reduce their chances of becoming victims of an accident or a crime.

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