Police Beat 8110

Greetings from Police Beat 8110. My name is Josh Hester, the Beat Sergeant of 8110. I was hired by the Palatine Police Department in 2006 and have been assigned as the team leader in 8110 as of March 2019. I am currently assigned as a Midnight Shift Supervisor, my shift begins at 9:30 p.m. and ends at 5:30 a.m.   During my career, I spent the first eight years working in patrol as a beat officer and on our Uniform Tactical Team.  The last five years I was assigned to Investigations as a Detective in the Gang Unit.  I am excited to lead 8110 as the Beat Sergeant and serve the residents in the heart of Palatine.  The 8110 beat is made up of six permanent officers who promote the Neighborhood Based Policing philosophy of the department.  Officers in 8110 are visible and accessible via foot patrols, bike patrols, and specialty vehicles.  Three additional cover officers and our Uniform Tactical Unit compliment the permanent officers assigned to 8110 and help to ensure a safer community.

Location

Your police beat 8110 is located in the downtown area of Palatine. It is roughly bordered by Palatine Road to the South and Route 14 to the North and East. It stretches West to the village limits and covers portions of council districts 1, 2, and 6.

All-Terrain Vehicle

Officers assigned to the 8110 beat utilize an All-Terrain Vehicle downtown in an effort to be more visible in the business district. This affords the officer the ability to meet with local business owners and patrons while providing a more personalized police service. This vehicle can be driven off-road and used to patrol areas that cannot be reached by a traditional police car.

Responsibilities

In addition to regular patrol responsibilities and traffic enforcement, beat officers have focused much of their efforts on pedestrian safety around the train station. Now that parking and accessibility have improved with the new station, Palatine is becoming a much busier destination to take the Metra Train to and from the City of Chicago. With the increase in riders we feel the need to educate the public on train safety and often physically monitor the pedestrian foot traffic near the tracks. This also allows officers to greet residents and visitors and let them know we are always available if needed.

Further Information

It takes an entire community to keep our Village peaceful and safe and I encourage those involved in any aspect of beat 8110 to join me in attending neighborhood meetings with Councilman Brad Helms. If you have questions or need to contact me you may do so by emailing me or calling me at 847-359-9000.