Purposes of the Citizens Police Academy
About the Citizens Police Academy
The Citizens Police Academy is a free eight-week program. Attendees will spend those eight weeks learning about the Manteno Police Department, our officers, and the how’s and why’s of what we do. In addition to classroom sessions, there will be several hands-on demonstrations, including processing crime scenes and mock traffic stops. The instructors will be Manteno Police officers as well as other subject matter experts. Classes will be held one night a week, typically from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. Upon graduation you will receive a certificate of attendance.
Seats may be limited and will be filled on a first come first serve basis.
Citizen Police Academy Topics
Starting Wednesday June 8, 2022 each Wednesday evening until July 27, 2022.
Leo Hassett Community Center, 211 N. Main Street, Manteno, IL 60950
For More information:
Contact: Sgt. Steve Skelly
Non-Emergency Number: (815) 929-4801
Community Policing is an important part of the Manteno Police Department. The Department performs many tasks and programs that are extremely important for community awareness. Below are activities and events:
Public Relations – The Department will meet with organizations and groups interested in knowing more about the Manteno Police Department, and the services we proved to the community.
Children and Young Adult Programs – The Manteno Police Department offers Child Identification Card Program with the Manteno PTA at the beginning of each school year for students that have not been fingerprinted previously, as well as programs such as Stranger Danger, Drug and Alcohol Awareness, Bicycle Safety, Operation Lifesaver and specific programs as requested.
Neighborhood / Vacation Watch Programs – Neighborhood Watch Programs are a great way to work with your neighbors to enhance the safety and security of your community. If you are interested in a neighborhood watch program call the police department during normal business hours. The Manteno Police Department also offers vacation checks, we will check on your residence when you go on vacation. To register a vacation watch come to the police department, or Click here to download the Vacation Form . The form may be filled out online, but it still must be dropped off at the Police Department prior to leaving town.
Home Safety Checks – Do you want to enhance the security of your home? Maybe a “home security survey” is what you need. With you, an officer will conduct a walk-around of your property to recommend potential measures to decrease your potential for victimization.
ATV / Golf Cart / Bicycle Patrol – The Manteno Police Department patrols within the Village not only in patrol cars but on ATVs, golf carts, and bicycles. The ATVs and bicycles allow officers to patrol in areas not as accessible to standard patrol vehicles and also allows officers better contact with the citizens of the Village.
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Crime Stoppers is a program which involves the public, the media, and the police in the fight against crime. It offers anonymity and cash rewards to persons who furnish information leading to the arrest and the filing of criminal charges against felony crime offenders and to the capture of fugitives.
Anonymity overcomes fear of involvement and cash overcomes apathy.
The Crime Stoppers’ Board of Directors is comprised of concerned citizens of the Kankakee County Area who oversee the operation of the program.
Crime Stoppers is a Nonprofit Organization and is funded entirely through donations from the public. Contributions are tax-deductible.
While Crime Stoppers is a police department program, the responsibility for establishing policy, raising funds and for controlling the amount of reward payments rests with a board of directors made up of involved citizens.
When a call is received by Crime Stoppers, it is logged with the date, time, and a brief summary of the caller’s information. Callers are furnished with a secret code number which is used in subsequent transactions.
Callers may remain anonymous, with no pressure to reveal their identity, and still collect their rewards.
If a caller’s information results in the arrest and the filing of criminal charges against a felony crime offender or the apprehension of a felony fugitive, contact will be made with the caller and arrangements made so that the person can receive his reward in CASH and preserve his anonymity.
The Board of Directors oversees the program and approves the rewards to be paid, based on information presented by the Police Coordinator.
In order to publicize Crime Stoppers’ program and maintain a high profile in the community, a specific unsolved felony crime is selected each week and is described on the local cable television system, by the radio stations, and by the newspaper.
The descriptions by the various media help keep the public interest in Crime Stoppers at a high level and help locate an occasional “casual” witness to the crime who did not realize he or she was actually witnessing a crime.
It is apparent that such complete cooperation and involvement by the various media is of utmost importance, and that the success of Crime Stoppers is in large part dependent upon this kind of community service rendered by the media.
The Manteno Police Department works closely with the Manteno Fire Protection District, along with the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department ESDA, surrounding communities and businesses to develop detailed procedures and preparations in the case of an emergency or disaster. The Manteno Police Department and the Village of Manteno has a plan in case of a disaster.
Events and Activities of the Department:
The Village of Manteno currently has four outdoor tornado warning sirens that provide coverage for the Village. It is important to know that these sirens areoutdoor warning sirens; they are not designed to warn people that are inside of structures. The tornado sirens are tested monthly on the first Tuesday of every month. If you do not hear a siren outside on the first Tuesday of the month, or if you have a question concerning the tornado sirens please call the Manteno Police Department at (815) 929-4801. The attached photo shows the coverage of each of the sirens. Siren Coverage Map.
The St. Joseph Catholic Church (207 S. Main St.) and the Manteno Church of the Nazarene (698 N. Locust St.)have graciously offered their church basements to citizens seeking shelter from tornado alerts. Designated individuals will do their best to open the facilities upon activation of the village alarm system.
AM Radio Notification:
The Manteno Police Department operates an AM radio station for Community Notification and truck route information. The radio station is AM 530.
Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEAs) are available on most smartphones. Check your phone’s notification settings under ‘Government Alerts’ to ensure ‘Emergency Alerts’ is turned on. With a WEA-enabled phone, you will receive tornado and flash flood warnings issued for your location, even if you’re traveling outside your home county or state. Other smartphone alerting apps also are available, including the tornado app by the American Red Cross.
For more information about preparedness during a disaster or weather threat, visit the following:
Anyone can sign up to be notified of an inmate’s release (including state penitentiaries). After entering the VINELink site, select the search tab, enter Offender ID # or Offender Name and click the search button. Users can then select their method of notification. Email or phone.
Non-Emergency Number: (815) 933-3324
Office Number (Business Hours): (815) 929-4801
The Investigations Division specializes in the investigation of crimes against persons and property. Detectives receive specialized training in the investigation of criminal acts, crime scene processing, and interview and interrogation. Crimes that are investigated by this division include murder, rape, child abuse and burglary, and narcotics. If you have any information concerning a crime that has occurred or information concerning the possession of sale of drugs please call us or email us at the numbers listed above, or contact Crime Stoppers at (815) 93-CRIME.
Scott Bertrand, Chairman
Charles Frame, Secretary
The Manteno Board of Police Commissioners tests and certifies applicants for new hire positions, and promotions.
Manteno Board of Police Commissioners have established final eligibility lists.
If you have questions regarding the position of police officer, please contact the Manteno Board of Police Commissioners at 815-929-4839.
During the summer of 2009 session of the Illinois legislature, the Illinois Premise Alert Act (ILPAA)(PA 96-078) was passed that requires that Public Safety agencies with Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) programs initiate a Premise Alert Program (PAP) to maintain information on individuals with special needs within their coverage areas. This act was signed by Governor Quinn on August 28, 2009.
The Illinois Premise Alert Progam provides for Public Safety Agencies in the State of Illinois to allow people with special needs to provide information to Police, Fire, and EMS personnel to be kept in a database. The information can then be provided to responders dealing with situations involving the Special Needs individual.
The information gathered as part of the Premise Alert Program shall remain strictly confidential. The information shall be used only to provide assistance to emergency medical and police responders. No public safety worker shall knowingly violate this confidentiality clause.
Never open the door and let anyone in your home unless you have confirmed identification. Call 9-1-1 if you feel uncomfortable and let the police check their identification.
Never give out any personal information (i.e., bank account numbers, Social Security numbers, or credit card numbers) to anyone over the telephone.
Illinois Department of Aging Senior Helpline: 1-800-252-8966 or 1-888-206-1327 (TTY)
Golf Cart / UTV Registration – Renewal stickers can be obtained at the Village Hall drive-thru (M-F; 8:00 am – 4:00 pm). New registrations must be completed at the Police Department.
All Non-Highway Vehicles are required to be registered with the Manteno Police Department. The application must be submitted at the Manteno Police Department (269 North Main Street). Cost of registration is $25.00 per year.
The following documents are required to register your Non-Highway Vehicle:
1) Valid Driver’s License
2) Valid Proof of Insurance to operate the vehicle on the road
3) Bill of Sale / Proof of Ownership
Vacation Notice: (PDF Fillable)
All requests for a resident vacation watch must be dropped off in person at the Manteno Police Department (269 North Main Street).
If you want more information, fill in this form. We will get back to you as soon as possible.