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I don't know how to install my child's car seat, will the Police Department help me?

How do I dispose of my medications?

What time is curfew?

Does the Police Department hold an unclaimed property auction?

What if I want to dispute my parking ticket?

Where do I get a permit to park at the Deerfield Train Station?

Can I park on the streets overnight in Deerfield?

Can I get a temporary handicapped permit?

Who should I call to answer questions about my traffic ticket?

Who should I call if I have questions about a court date?

What can I use as bond for my traffic ticket?

Where is the court located?

What should I do if I mailed payment to the court and have not received my driver’s license?

What do I get when I receive a traffic ticket?

What are my options when I receive a traffic ticket?

Are Vehicle Stickers required in Deerfield?

What are the hours for construction noise?

When do the parks in Deerfield close?

What hours can someone solicit door-to-door?

Can I solicit door-to-door?

When can I sprinkle my lawn?

What should I do if I want to install an alarm in my home?

Can my false alarm fee be waived?

Can I test my alarm without receiving a false alarm fee?

What happens if I forget to pay my false alarm fee?

What do I do if my alarm is revoked?

When should I call 9-1-1?

Who should I call if my electricity goes out?

Who should I call if there is water in my basement?

What should I do if I hear the tornado siren?

What should I do if the Lightning Prediction System sounds?

What if I have other questions for the Police Department?


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Q: I don't know how to install my child's car seat, will the Police Department help me?
A: A. Yes. The Deerfield Police Department has several Certified Child Safety Seat Technicians on staff. The technicians can answer questions about car seats, provide guidance as to the safest location in the vehicle, advise what type of seat is needed for your child and help with proper installation of your safety seat.  

Due to the nature of our work, car seats are inspected by appointment only.  A person without an appointment will be turned away.  At this time, this service is available to Deerfield Residents only so please be prepared to show proof of residency.  Also, parents/caregivers are expected to install the seat prior to arrival at our facility.    

If you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our Certified Child Safety Seat Technicians, please call 847-945-8636, ext. 7645 and leave a message.  A technician will return your call to schedule an appointment.  Expect each appointment to last approximately 30 minutes (per seat).

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Q: How do I dispose of my medications?
A: The Village of Deerfield, the Deerfield Police Department, and Save A Star Drug Awareness Foundation launched a new pill collection and disposal program on December 16, 2010. The purpose of this program is to collect and safely dispose of unwanted and unused medications, thus keeping them out of the hands of individuals who might otherwise become victims of prescription drug abuse. More young people now die each year from prescription drug overdoses than from heroin, methamphetamines, cocaine, and inhalants, combined. The problem has reached epidemic proportions and threatens the lives of millions of Americans. Our village, police department, and Save A Star Drug Awareness Foundation have partnered to battle this epidemic.

 
The pill collection unit has been installed in the Deerfield Police Department. The following items are acceptable for disposal:
 
  • Prescription medications, including controlled substances
  • All over-the counter medications
  • Medication samples
  • Pet medications
  • Vitamins and supplements
  • Medicated ointments, lotions, creams, and oils
  • Liquid medication in leak-proof containers
  • Homeopathic remedies
 
Items not acceptable for deposit in the collection unit are:
 
  • Needles/sharps
  • Syringes with needles
  • Thermometers
  • IV bags
  • Bloody or infectious waste
  • Personal care products
  • Empty containers
  • Hydrogen Peroxide

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Q: What time is curfew?
A:

Curfew applies to those that are 17 and under.

Sunday through Thursday it's 11pm; Friday and Saturday it's midnight.

For new drivers, under eighteen, curfew is reduced by an hour; so it is 10pm and 11pm respectively.

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Q: Does the Police Department hold an unclaimed property auction?
A: The Deerfield Police Department utilizes the services of Propertyroom.com to electronically auction off abandoned and unclaimed property (more than 180 days) of every type and description. This is an ongoing auction available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Items being auctioned include electronics, jewelry, clothing, bicycles, tools, and other miscellaneous items. You can visit the official website, www.propertyroom.com to participate in the auction.

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Q: What if I want to dispute my parking ticket?
A: If you have questions concerning a parking ticket then stop by the Police Department in person and speak with the Watch Commander on duty (available 24 hours a day).  If you wish to dispute a parking ticket, you must arrange for a court date.  To do so stop by the Police Department and post a $120.00 cash bond.  You then must appear at Park City Branch Court in Park City, IL, on the assigned court date to contest the charge before a judge.

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Q: Where do I get a permit to park at the Deerfield Train Station?
A: To obtain a parking permit for the train station please call Village Hall at 847-945-5000.  You must have a permit to park in the permit only areas of the train station, and you must pay $1.50 to park at the station if you are parking in a daily fee spot.  A map showing all the available parking at the train station is also available at Village Hall. 

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Q: Can I park on the streets overnight in Deerfield?
A: No cars are allowed to park on the street between the hours of 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. If you are having work done to your driveway or are having guests with more cars then your driveway can accommodate please call our non-emergency number 847-945-8636. We will need to know what day the car will be parked and license plates of the cars that will be parked on the street overnight.

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Q: Can I get a temporary handicapped permit?
A: Yes, we do give out temporary handicapped permits to people who will be having surgery or for situations where a medical professional recommends handicapped parking for a period of time.  Our handicapped permits are only for temporary circumstances and therefore are only good for three months.  If you will require a permit to last more than three months then that permit must be obtained through the Secretary of State.  To receive a handicapped permit your medical professional must sign our form.

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Q: Who should I call to answer questions about my traffic ticket?
A: If you have questions about a traffic ticket that the Deerfield Police Department issued call the Park City Branch Court at 847-377-3500.

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Q: Who should I call if I have questions about a court date?
A: If you have questions about your court date please call the Park City Branch Court at 847-377-3500.

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Q: What can I use as bond for my traffic ticket?
A: If you receive a traffic ticket you may post a bond card, your driver license, or cash.  If you will be posting cash it needs to be the exact amount that is due.  Officers do not carry change in the squad cars, and change cannot be made at the Police Department.  Do not mail checks to the Deerfield Police Department.  Once you are issued a traffic ticket than any correspondence you have should be directed to the Lake County Court.  If you are mailing payment to the Lake County Courthouse by money order or certified check make it payable to Clerk of the Circuit Court and mail to 301 Greenleaf St, Park City, IL 60085.

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Q: Where is the court located?
A: The address for the Park City Branch Court is 301 Greenleaf St, Park City, IL 60085.  This is the address that traffic tickets should be mailed to, or to go to if you have a traffic court date.

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Q: What should I do if I mailed payment to the court and have not received my driver’s license?
A: The sooner you mail in payment the sooner the court will send your license back.  If you have mailed in payment and more than a week goes by call the court at 847-377-3380.

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Q: What do I get when I receive a traffic ticket?
A: If you receive a ticket then two copies will be issued to you.  The violator’s copy is red and it serves as your receipt, explains the violation, and acts as your driver’s license if you gave your license as bond.  The blue copy is called the Court Communication Copy and the back of this ticket must be filled out with either your guilty or not guilty plea and then mailed back to the court at Park City Branch Court 301 Greenleaf St, Park City, Il 60085.  If you have any questions please call the Court at 847-377-3500.

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Q: What are my options when I receive a traffic ticket?
A: There are three options should you receive a ticket:

  • Plead Guilty – send in the blue copy of your ticket marked guilty along with your payment (if you did not post cash with your ticket) and the ticket will be on your record.
  • Plead Not Guilty – send in the blue copy of your ticket requesting a court date.
  • Traffic School/Court Supervision – this option is only open if you have not had a traffic ticket within the past year. Fill out the driver’s safety school application and mail it along with $75.00 (in addition to the fee of either $120.00 or $140.00 for violation) to the Clerk of the Circuit Court. The court will supply you with the information for the class and once the class is completed the ticket will not show on your record.

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Q: Are Vehicle Stickers required in Deerfield?
A: Yes.  Each vehicle garaged or registered within the Village must have a valid vehicle sticker displayed in the windshield at all times. Stickers expire July 1 of each year. The annual fee for the vehicle sticker is $30.  To receive a village sticker stop by Village Hall before July 1. Stickers purchased, for any reason, after July 1 are subject to a 50% penalty. If you should purchase a new car after already putting a sticker on your old car a replacement sticker will be issued for $1.00.  Any vehicle found without a current village sticker will be subject to a $25.00 fine each day until the car has a sticker properly affixed.

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Q: What are the hours for construction noise?
A: Contractors working on homes can begin at 7:30 a.m. and work until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  No construction noise can occur on Sundays.  If a contractor is beginning work before these hours or continuing after these hours please call our non-emergency number 847-945-8636.  This does not include a homeowner working on their own home.

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Q: When do the parks in Deerfield close?
A: All parks close at 10 p.m. each night.

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Q: What hours can someone solicit door-to-door?
A: Solicitation can take place Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  If you would like a no soliciting sign to place on your front door please stop by the Police Department or Village Hall between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and we will be happy to provide you with one.

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Q: Can I solicit door-to-door?
A: Anyone interested in door-to-door solicitation must first fill out an application at Village Hall and receive approval to solicit.  Anyone soliciting door-to-door without a Solicitors Permit will be ticketed and fined.  Depending on the type of solicitation there may be a charge for a Solicitors Permit.  If you have any questions please call Village Hall at 847-945-5000.

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Q: When can I sprinkle my lawn?
A: Restricted sprinkling begins on May 15 and goes until September 15 each year.  During the restricted sprinkling even numbered addresses can water on even numbered days and odd numbered address can water on odd numbered days.  On the designated sprinkling day you can sprinkle from midnight to noon, and then from 6 p.m. to midnight.  There is no sprinkling allowed from noon to 6 p.m.  Any violation of sprinkling will result in a $25.00 fine for residential addresses, and a $100.00 fine for businesses.

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Q: What should I do if I want to install an alarm in my home?
A: Per Village ordinance every alarm in Deerfield must have a permit. If you have just moved to Deerfield, or are putting in a home alarm system please stop by the Police Department and fill out an Alarm Permit Application.  Alarm Permit Applications cannot be submitted by fax or over the internet.  There is a one time $25.00 fee to register your alarm which is due at the same time as your Alarm Permit Application.  Failure to obtain an Alarm Permit can result in a fine ranging from $5.00 to $500.00 (each day of violation shall constitute a separate offence).

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Q: Can my false alarm fee be waived?
A: By ordinance, only false alarms caused by hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes or other catastrophic events, are subject to appeal.  Alarms activated by electrical storms, thunder, hail, or sudden changes in temperature do not meet the standards for waiver of false alarm fees.  Alarms activated by accidental but legal entry to the property (children returning home, guests, neighbors looking after your home while you are on vacation) do not meet the standard for waiver.  Loss of electrical power supplied by the utility company is also not a viable reason for waiver.  You must provide an alternate source of power in order to prevent false alarm due to loss of electrical power, we suggest battery power as an alternate.

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Q: Can I test my alarm without receiving a false alarm fee?
A: Yes, you can test your alarm.  If you would like to do so please call our non-emergency number at 847-945-8636 and let us know that you will be testing your alarm.  An officer will still respond to your home to verify that it is in fact a test, and there will be no fine for this type of police response. 

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Q: What happens if I forget to pay my false alarm fee?
A: The first month that there is a false alarm you will receive an invoice from the Deerfield Police Department informing you of the fee.  This fee is to be paid immediately.  Per Village ordinance, if the invoice is unpaid then two months later you will receive a reminder invoice.  If the invoice remains unpaid for three months then a warning will be sent.  After four months of unpaid status then the alarm is revoked and the invoice is turned over to our collections agency.  Revoked alarms are subject to being ticketed; tickets range from $5.00 - $500.00 (each day in revoked status counting as a separate offense).  Avoid trouble by paying invoices upon receiving them.

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Q: What do I do if my alarm is revoked?
A: If you receive a letter from the Deerfield Police Department stating that your alarm has been revoked then payment needs to be made to our collections agency for your false alarm fee.  You must then re-apply for your alarm permit with the Deerfield Police Department and pay a $25.00 alarm permit fee to be reinstated. 

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Q: When should I call 9-1-1?
A: Call 9-1-1 for all medical emergencies, fires, or emergencies.  Call 9-1-1 to report a crime in progress that you are aware, if you observe a crime happening, a crime is committed against you, or you just witnessed a crime.

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Q: Who should I call if my electricity goes out?
A: Unless you have an emergency that requires assistance, please do not call 9-1-1 if your electricity goes out and do not call the non-emergency number to report or inquire about the power outage – the Police Department cannot answer questions about the duration of the power outage. If you have questions during a power outage call ComEd at 1-800-334-7661.

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Q: Who should I call if there is water in my basement?
A: Unless you have an emergency that requires assistance, please do not call 9-1-1 or the non-emergency number.  Call a plumber or, if you believe the flooding is due to a water main call the Deerfield Public Works Department at 847-317-7245.

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Q: What should I do if I hear the tornado siren?
A: Unless you have an emergency that requires assistance, please do not call 9-1-1 or the non-emergency number to inquire about the sirens. If you hear the sirens then seek proper shelter and listen to your television or radio for updates. If you have any weather related questions call the National Weather Service 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 815-834-1435 or check online at www.nws.noaa.gov.

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Q: What should I do if the Lightning Prediction System sounds?
A: Unless you have an emergency that requires assistance, please do not call 9-1-1 or the non-emergency number to inquire why the siren has been activated.  If you should hear the siren take shelter in a building or vehicle, when you hear three short horn blasts it is safe to return to the outdoors.

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Q: What if I have other questions for the Police Department?
A: Please call our non-emergency number 847-945-8636 for any other questions.

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