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Park Police






The Naperville Park District Park Police have been serving the citizens and community of Naperville since 1970. They are charged with maintaining the peace within all of Naperville’s parks and they employ the philosophy of “Achieving Compliance through Customer Service.”
The Park Police, on average, maintain an officer complement of 14 part-time sworn police officers; an additional 5 sworn police officers make up the Park Police Command Staff.

Mission Statement: To provide a high quality of service using the values of the Naperville Park District. The Park Police embrace customer service using the concept of problem-solving and the Community Policing Philosophy.

Park Hours: Sunrise until one hour after sunset
Community Park Hours: As determined by Park District approved programmed activities

Park Police phone numbers:
Dial 911 for all emergencies
Park Watch Line: 630-848-5050
Officer on duty: 630-601-0925
Chief of Police: 630-848-5049

How we’re structured
Patrol Division: This unit interacts with the community most often. They are the first-responders to all calls and incidents at the Park District. The Park Service Officer (PSO) Corps also is a part of this division. They are assigned to monitoring duties at Centennial Beach and the Riverwalk.

Bike Patrol: The Bike Patrol uses police mountain bikes to get from place to place and are responsible for patrolling the Riverwalk and bike trails.

Event Security: We provide event security to ensure the safety of our guests at various events and activities. This includes events held at Naperville Park District facilities as well as community events.

Naperville Riverwalk
Hours of operation:
Main Riverwalk: sunrise-12:00 a.m.
Riverwalk west end: sunrise-until 10:00 p.m.

Contesting a Ticket
To contest a citation, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  within 5 calendar days of issuance of the citation.
Please include the following information:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Today's date
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Citation number
  • Date of issuance of citation
  • Ordinance number of alleged violation
  • Reasons for contesting citation
  • Attach any additional evidence (if necessary)

Ordinance 641
Ordinance 641 is the Park District governance of our parks and property and various usage issues of our parks and facilities. Specifically, the Ordinance addresses the following: golfing in parks, after-hours park usage, parking on grass, swimming, skating and fishing on our ponds, alcohol use and sound amplification, unleashed dogs, biking and skating, sales and vending, fireworks and weapons, encroachment issues and more.

Park Police Services
We provide many different services to the Naperville community. These include:
Parking and Traffic – ensuring that parking is controlled and organized so that available space is utilized to its maximum potential.
Encroachment Investigations – investigating when debris is dumped on Park District property or when individual property is extended onto District property. Park Police enforces encroachment policy and ensures that these situations are handled appropriately.
Community Education and Relations – providing education related to crime prevention, gang awareness, Safety Town and more.
Park Facility Checks – ensuring that parks, facilities and structures are inspected for unsafe conditions and reported for repair.

Officer David White Scholarship
On an evening in early September 2006, Officer David White, a Naperville Park Police Officer, was ending his shift. However, before he did so, he drove through a nearby park to make one more check of the area. Upon doing so, he found a young man in distress and took action to save his life.

For his actions, Officer White received the Park Police Life Saving Award. A local donor offered to start an annual fund that will award a $2,000 scholarship to a deserving college student who demonstrates a strong commitment to public service and community volunteerism.

An excerpt from a letter written by the young man’s mother explained her family’s gratitude: “Because of Officer White going above and beyond the normal process, following his instincts and (with) genuine concern for the safety of the people he comes in contact with, he saved (a) life. There are no words that could ever express our appreciation for Officer White’s efforts; by listening to his heart, he has forever affected the life of our family.”

More information on the 2021 David White Scholarship
Download the 2021 Scholarship Application (Fillable Word Document)
Download the 2021 Letter of Recommendation Form (Fillable Word Document)

Park Patron thank you program
Naperville Park District Park Police have introduced a program to reward good works accomplished by visitors to our parks. In the event that a Park Police Officer witnesses a patron displaying exceptional behavior that helps protect or maintain one of our parks, the officer will reward the individual with a Belgio's or McDonald's gift card and letter of gratitude. Certain acts that may be rewarded include: picking up garbage, reporting suspicious activity, finding and returning lost items, etc. Rewarding patrons is left to the discretion of each officer.

Park District Police Celebrate 50 Years
Posted on August 4, 2020
by Naperville Community Television


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On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

Our Mission
We provide recreation and park experiences that promote healthy lives, healthy minds and a healthy community.
Our Vision
To be a national leader in parks and recreation providing and promoting high quality experiences and facilities at a great value to our community.
Core Values
Health and Wellness, Environmental Education, Stewardship and Sustainability, Community Enrichment, Public Safety, Accessibility, Personal Growth and Enrichment.
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