Chief's Welcome

Welcome to Buffalo Grove

Message from the Chief

The Buffalo Grove Police Department is committed to its core function of ensuring safety to our village through professional service, steadfast law enforcement, and community partnership. We fully embrace the community policing concept and embrace its tenets in our daily work. 

Our officers perform with a high level of integrity, honesty, loyalty and professionalism, performing their duties while treating people with dignity and respect. Attention to customer service is always at the forefront while remembering our duty to maintain order and the public peace. 

The Buffalo Grove Police Department has been nationally accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) since 1987. The purpose of CALEA is to improve the delivery of public safety services primarily by maintaining a body of standards, developed by public safety practitioners, covering a wide range of initiatives. The goals are to: 

  1. Strengthen crime prevention and control capabilities
  2. Formalize essential management procedures
  3. Establish fair and non-discriminatory personnel practices
  4. Improve service delivery
  5. Solidify interagency cooperation and coordination; and
  6. Increase community and staff confidence in the agency
The department is a leader in developing programs for the community and has been recognized for these efforts by the Illinois Department of Transportation – Division of Traffic Safety, the National Association of School Resource Officers, the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board, the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Our agency continually strives to be at the forefront of modern policing practices and empowers our employees to proactively problem solve at all levels. 

“I am honored to serve as the Chief of Police for the Village of Buffalo Grove and am grateful for the opportunity to serve such a well respected law enforcement agency.” 

Chief Casstevens has served law enforcement for 40 years, beginning his career in the Military Police with the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division. He is a graduate of Northwestern University Center for Public Safety’s School of Police Staff & Command and the 216th Session of the FBI National Academy. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Judson University and has been honored with the designation of Certified Police Chief by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police. 

Steven R. Casstevens, CPC 
Chief of Police 
46 Raupp Blvd. 
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089 

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