Police News

Dec 2014

Coffee With A Cop


On January 6, 2015 officers from the Dixon Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships and drink coffee. All community members are invited to attend. The event is from 7:00am until 10:00am on January 6, at the McDonald’s restaurant located at 207 North Galena Avenue. Please contact Officer Chris Cox with questions: 815-288-4411 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the Dixon Police Department and its officers. The majority of contacts law enforcement has with the public happen during emergencies or emotional situations. Those situations are not always the most effective times for relationship building with the community and some community members may feel that officers are unapproachable on the street. Coffee with a Cop breaks down barriers and allows for a relaxed one-on-one interaction.

Coffee with a Cop is a national initiative supported by The United States Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Similar events are being held across the county, as local police departments strive to make lasting connections with the communities they serve. The program aims to advance the practice of community policing through improving relationships between police officers and community members one cup of coffee at a time.

Sep 2014

ICE Victim Services Program

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigation (HSI), is committed to protecting the public and ensuring that the rights of victims are carefully observed.  HSI administers the Victim Notification Program which allows elligible victims and witnesses to obtain reliable and timely information regarding a criminal alien's release from custody.  However, victims and witnesses are required to register with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in order to receive notificaiton of a criminal alien's release.

Visit their website to learn more.

Aug 2012

Cops and Bobbers Fun at Lowell Park

The annual Cops And Bobbers fishing derby was held on August 25th, 2012 at Lowell Park and was a great success! We had 42 children participate this year and 28 fish were caught. Seven year old Ellie Meyers did great and pulled in five channel cats (with the help of her Grandpa and his home made cheese bait). She won the biggest fish award and she also won for number of fish caught.

Big thanks to Officer Les Shaw for his tackle and angler knowledge. Some participants needed help with setting up their poles with line and other tasks. Officer Dave Gerdes also came out of retirment to assist us. A good time was had by all.

Thanks to everyone who came out for this fun event!
To view pictures of our day, click any image below.

Jun 2012

Police Launch New Bicycle Safety Program

Kids wearing a helmet while riding their bicycle will receive a free ice cream cone from the Dixon Police Department. This initiative comes after 8 year old Laci Long approached Chief Langloss with the idea. Laci did not wear a helmet prior to a trip to see her cousins in the Quad Cities. While there, Laci saw a police officer approach some other kids and give them a coupon for a free ice cream cone because they were wearing a helmet. When Laci returned home, she asked her parents to buy her a helmet. Laci told Chief Langloss she thought other kids would want to wear a helmet too, if they knew they would get ice cream.

Chief Langloss said, "The department intended on conducting a bicycle safety initiative this spring, and this seemed to be the perfect fit. Head injuries are the leading cause of sudden death in children. This is a great idea from a very bright young girl." When officers make contact with kids, they will also conduct a free inspection of the bike to ensure it is safe. Particular attention will be given to reflectors and the officers will give a short quiz about bicycle safety.

Over the past year, the department has received numerous complaints about bicyclists. The complaints vary from equipment problems to failing to follow the rules of the road. Chief Langloss said, "We are hoping to make an impact in safety and reduce the number of complaints this summer."

The department is currently seeking funding to assist kids who cannot afford to purchase a helmet. Langloss said the cost seems like a small price to pay for safety.

Chief Langloss rewarded Laci with a Dixon Police Department "Challenge Coin". The coins are not available to purchase and are only given to Dixon Police Officers and members of the community who make a positive impact on public safety. The free ice cream has been provided by Culver's and McDonald's of Dixon.

Anyone with other safety ideas or police initiatives is encouraged to contact Chief Langloss at 815/288-4411.

Jun 2012

Child Sexual Abuse Awareness and Prevention Campaign

Sixteen Police Agencies Across Seven Counties Launch
Major Child Sexual Abuse Awareness and Prevention Campaign

For the past 3 years, the Dixon Police Department has played a major role in raising awareness and creating prevention messages on child sexual abuse. The initiative started when the Shining Star Children's Center, located in Dixon, was selected to host the Champions for Children Walk in May of 2009. Since then, Dixon officers have conducted community presentations to more than 5,000 people and more than 1,150 citizens have participated in the annual walk. The police department has also provided in-service training to school administrators, teachers, and counselors.

Chief Langloss stated, "After our very first community presentation, it was obvious people were ready to hear this message and take action. Several business and school leaders approach me and ask us to give our presentation to their employees. Our community is responsible for a major push across the state to give a face and a voice to these child victims."

In February of 2010, Chief Langloss met a young woman named Erin Merryn at a local training conference hosted by Shining Star. Merryn spoke about the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her best friend's uncle and her cousin. She said growing up in public schools, she was taught the 8 ways to say "no" to drugs through D.A.R.E. and what to do for a fire or a tornado, but no one ever spoke about safe secrets and unsafe secrets or safe touches and unsafe touches. No one told her what to do when someone broke the "Touching Rule". Merryn shared her vision about a law which would require public schools to provide age-appropriate curriculum on child sexual abuse prevention in grades pre-K though 5. Within a week of meeting Merryn, she and Chief Langloss met with Senator Tim Bivins of Dixon to discuss her vision. Senator Bivins and Representative Jerry Mitchell sponsored the bill in the Senate and House of Representatives.

On February, 14, 2011, Governor Pat Quinn signed Public Act 96-1524 into law. The Act created the "Erin's Law Task Force". 19 members were carefully selected based on highly specialized experience in the field of child sexual abuse and academia. School administrators, teachers, counselors, researchers, academic curriculum experts, child protective services, children's advocacy centers, and law enforcement met for more than 9 months. Chief Langloss was selected to represent the task force as the Chairman. The final report has been completed and submitted to Governor Quinn. Representative Mitchell has drafted a bill that will be heard in the upcoming Veto Session.

Chief Langloss stated, "It is time to move forward with the next phase of this campaign. This will make our children safer from these child predators. In the wake of Penn State, Syracuse, and many other high profile child sexual abuse cases, we can no longer sit back and do nothing. Law enforcement must lead the way, and we are prepared to do exactly that." Through the Northwest Law Enforcement Chiefs and Sheriffs Association, 16 police agencies across 7 counties will be disseminating more than 10,000 child sexual abuse awareness flyers during traffic stops and other community events. Chief Langloss said, "Just by brining awareness to this issue, we make our children safer. When parents speak to their children about this topic, it makes them safer. Perpetrators are very good at picking kids who do not tell. This has been the best kept secret across our entire country. That is why it is referred to as the "Silent Epidemic". Someone is more likely to stop and help a battered dog then come forward and help a child being sexually abused. That is unacceptable."

The flyer was designed by the Dixon Police Department. Dixon Direct of Dixon mass produced these flyers for free. The agencies participating in this campaign are: Dixon Police Department, Lee County Sheriff's Department, Amboy Police Department, Oregon Police Department, Rochelle Police Department, Byron Police Department, Polo Police Department, Forreston Police Department, Lena Police Department, Stephenson County Sheriff's Department, Freeport Police Department, Sterling Police Department, Morrison Police Department, Carroll County Sheriff's Department, Cherry Valley Police Department, and Sycamore Police Department.

Anyone who wishes to report child abuse can contact their local police department, children advocacy center, or the Department of Children and Family Services at 1-800-25-ABUSE. Anyone seeking further information about child sexual abuse can contact the Dixon Police Department at 815/288-4411 or the Shining Star Children's Center at 815/284-1891.

Jan 2012

Graduated Driver License Restrictions

• Nighttime driving restrictions
  o Sunday through Thursday – 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
  o Friday and Saturday – 11:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.

• Number of passengers is limited to one in the front seat and the number of safety belts in the  back seat

• Graduated driver is responsible for ensuring that all passengers under the age of 19 are properly restrained with safety belts or child restraint system

• For the first 12 months of licensing, or until the driver turns 18, whichever occurs first, the number of passengers is limited to one person under the age of 20, unless the passenger(s) is a sibling, stepsibling, child, or stepchild of the driver.

• It is an offense for a person aged 15 to19 to be a passenger in a vehicle that is being operated by a graduated driver for the first 12 months of licensing, or until the driver turns 18, whichever occurs first, if another passenger under the age of 20 is present, excluding a sibling, stepsibling, child, or stepchild of the driver

• Cell phone use while driving is prohibited, except in the case of an emergency to contact a law enforcement agency, health care provider, or emergency services agency

• Texting while driving is prohibited

• For further information see the provisions of the Illinois Vehicle Code listed by following this link.
or the Illinois Secretary of State listed by following this link.



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