Police Department

Welcome to the DeKalb Police website, brought to you by the men and women of the DeKalb Police Department.

Department Overview

Founded in 1837, DeKalb forms the western anchor of the I-88 corridor. It is 60 miles from downtown Chicago and 30 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.

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.

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 following available links to find out more about the department's organization, citizen programs, crime prevention information, and our history.
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