Welcome to the City of Burbank, Illinois
***House Watch Program***
If you are going on vacation or plan to be away from home for an extended period of time, the Police Department’s house watch program can give you some peace of mind.
Enlisting the Police Department to keep an eye out for suspicious activity while you are away from home does not guarantee against loss, theft, damage or mischief but it can be a useful deterrent to anyone who may be considering accessing your home for criminal purposes.
Whether or not you avail yourself of this service, there are some steps you can take prior to departing to safeguard your property.
• Stop mail and news paper delivery
• Leave shades/blinds in normal positions
• Put automatic timers on lights; set the timers so they will turn on and off at random times in different rooms
• Leave a key with a trusted neighbor in case of emergency
• Lock all windows and doors
• Have someone park a car in your driveway occasionally ie: neighbor or friend
• Arrange to have the lawn mowed/snow plowed
• Shut and lock your garage door
• Keep jewelry and other valuables in places other than the master bedroom (this is the first place a burglar looks)
• Ask a neighbor to put out your garbage cans
House checks are not conducted on homes that are occupied for any length of time during the homeowner’s absence.
This is open to homeowners who will be away for at least two days, and generally not more than two weeks.
We ask that you contact us upon your return home to terminate the watch.
To sign up for the house watch program, you must call the Burbank Police Department at 708-924-7300.
In Memory of
Burbank Police Officer Patrick Righi-Barnard
on Thursday November 25, 2004, at 1:35 a.m. After working the 3rd watch,
Officer Barnard set out down I-55 on his way to Tremont Illinois to
spend the Thanksgiving Holiday with his family. Pat had stopped to
assist passengers of a vehicle that had run off the side of the road at
mile marker 171 when he was struck by a southbound SUV. Patrick Righi-Barnard
was 30 years old and is survived by his parents Cathy and Robert Barnard
of Tremont, Illinois, sister Stacey and his girlfriend Shannon. He was a
member of the Burbank Police Department for 10 months. Prior to joining
the Burbank Police force he served with the Markham Police Department
for 6 years. He also served as an MP in the United States Army Reserve
for 8 years. Officer Righi-Barnard attended Eastern Illinois University
and was a 1998 graduate of the Chicago Police Academy.
Links in our office
• D.A.R.E Program
The City of Burbank is accepting applications for
The Burbank Police Department Adjudication Hearings and Red Light Hearings:
StartYourRecovery.org provides helpful information for people who are dealing with substance use issues — and their family members, friends, and co-workers, too. We know that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to the challenges faced by those who misuse alcohol, prescription or illegal drugs, or other substances, and we aim to break through the clutter to help people at any stage of recovery.
Sign Up for SMART 911 PROGRAM.
Once you've signed up for Smart911, first responders will be aware of important information you have provided that will help Police, Fire, and EMS locate and help you in an emergency.
Garcia, Burbank’s Police Chief is a 27-year veteran of the
Illinois State Police (ISP) and was responsible for the day-to-day
operations of the ISP Merit Board. Chief Garcia also served as Chief
Investigator for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office. As First
Deputy Director of the State Police, Jack directed the activities of
four Deputy Directors as well as the ISP principal advisors including
Labor Relations, Public Information, Legal, EEO, Statewide Terrorism
Intelligence Center and the Joint Terrorism Task Force. Jack held the
rank of Colonel and was in command of the Division of Internal
Investigation (DII). Chief Garcia served as the ISP Ethics Officer
for three years, and holds a Top-Secret Security Clearance from the
United States Department of Justice. For five years Colonel Garcia was
in command of the ISP Division of Forensic Services. Chief Garcia
holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Benedictine University (Summa Cum
Laude) and is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police
Staff and Command Class. Chief Garcia was a previous resident of
Burbank and attended Fry elementary school. He and his wife, Paulette,
have two children and reside in Orland Park, Illinois.
City of Burbank offers disposal of old or damaged United States flags. Citizens are asked to bring flags set for disposal to the Burbank Station at 5650 W. 75th Place. The Burbank Police Department will, as a courtesy to the public dispose of any U.S flag. Under U.S Flag Code Title 4 Ch 1 Sec 8, the flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning. Flags will be regarded as a symbol of the United States and will be treated with that respect. Any questions please contact us at 708-924-7300
forget to contact us on our tip line at
Founded in 1982, the Burbank Police Department has grown to a professionally trained, 53 member force.
Additional civilian support personnel include clerical staff, and code enforcement. Full-time sworn officers include: A D.A.R.E. instructor (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) that teaches in our grammar schools, two school resource officers who are active at Reavis High School and Liberty Jr. High,1 K-9s and their handler, several fluent language translators speaking (Polish, Spanish, and Arabic), members of a highly-trained emergency response team, and a host of other specially trained officers.
The sharing of information is critical to efficient police/community relations. Our goal is the reduction of crime and, ultimately, the improvement of the quality of life in our community.
The Uniform Crime Reports indicate that Index crimes were down in Burbank over the past years. (Index crimes include murder, criminal sexual assault, aggravated assault/battery, robbery, burglary, theft, arson and auto theft). Working together with our citizens and the business community, we hope to lower these numbers even further.