A Message from Chief Woodside


Thank you for visiting our website.

The layout of this site illustrates how everything we do centers on our mission “to defend the lives, rights and quality of life of all the residents and visitors we serve with honor and integrity” and our four fundamental objectives: Crime Prevention, Crime Response, Community Involvement and Team Building. This website is a fine introduction to your police department and the many things that we do, but I would offer two suggestions for getting to know us better.

First, the Neighborhood Watch program is a great opportunity to connect directly with the police officers who patrol your neighborhood. Meetings are held to discuss current trends, problems and crime prevention strategies that directly relate to you and your neighbors. Two meetings a year and an e-mail address to stay connected between those  meetings and you will have taken the first step toward making your neighborhood safer.

Second, the Citizen Police Academy is a hands-on opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at exactly what your police department does and how we do it. If you can give us one evening a week for 12 weeks we will give you a truly unique experience and a chance to really get to know your police department.

Since the 1800s modern policing has embraced the principle that “the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent upon every citizen.” I believe this concept is essential to effectively policing our community, the police and the community in partnership making the Village of Gurnee a safer place to live and visit.

It is an honor to serve as your Police Chief and I look forward to partnering with you.

Kevin M. Woodside
Chief of Police