Welcome to the DeKalb Police web site, brought to you by the men and women of the DeKalb Police Department.  The DeKalb Police Department is located at 700 W. Lincoln Highway, In DeKalb, Illinois.

Founded in 1837, DeKalb forms the western anchor of the I-88 corridor.  It is 65 miles from downtown Chicago and 40 miles southeast of Rockford.  As the home of Northern Illinois University, Illinois' second largest university, DeKalb is the site of a wide variety of special events and cultural activities. 

As you explore this site, it is the department's hope that you will become increasingly aware of the services and information available through the DeKalb Police Department. Please use the available links to find out more about the department's organization, citizen programs, and crime prevention information.

Police services in the city date to 1885 with the founding of the first "official" police department. Today, our authorized 65 sworn officers providing police protection to a city of 44,030 residents and a land area of approximately 15.5 square miles. The DeKalb Police Department is committed to providing professional law enforcement and public safety services to all citizens of and visitors to our city.  Learn more about the department.

Please contact us with any comments or questions you may have regarding this department.

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