Investigations & Social Services

Investigations Division


The Police Department Investigations Unit assists the patrol unit with preliminary investigations when offenders are apprehended at the scene. They also conduct follow-up investigations of crimes when the offenders have fled the scene or are unknown at the time of the report.

The unit proactively networks with other law enforcement agencies and task forces; collects and disseminates information to effectively prevent criminal activity; and identifies, apprehends and prosecutes offenders after committing a crime. Detectives maintain a very good relationship with local residents, businesses and school personnel. These partnerships have proven to be a successful tool in identifying and apprehending criminals.

Youth & Social Services Division


The Youth and Social Services Division is part of the Investigations Unit. Two civilians, a Psychologist and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, are employed to work closely with the Police Department and the community in providing services to people in crisis.

Crisis & Intervention Services


The Social Services Department is available to assist residents who experience the following, and more:
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Financial Crisis
  • Grief After a Death
  • Juvenile Problems
  • Mental Illness
  • Sexual Assault
  • Substance Abuse

Social Services provides counseling to individuals or families upon request or referral from the case officer.

Prevention Services


In addition to crisis and intervention cases, social services provides prevention services including:
  • Psychoeducation programs for families and youth
  • Volunteer activity programs for youth
  • Coordination and maintenance of Department diversion programs
  • Education and consultation for police personnel with regards to mental health or social service issues
  • Partnering with local community groups

Social Services acts as a conduit for schools, religious institutions, and government to work together in a cooperative environment. Social Services also coordinates the Community Emergency Fund. Transients and residents of Deerfield who are in financial crisis receive help from this fund.

Contact Gerald W. Zachar, Psy.D., L.C.S.W., M.Div.
Clinical Psychologist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Director of Social Services
Office Phone Numbers: 847-945-3120 or 847-945-8636