Civil Standby:

The Somonauk Police Department will perform civil standby's (keep the peace), in situations such as when a landlord may be attempting to evict a tennant, an estranged husband or wife is attempting to collect their share of community property, or when a reposession agent is trying to take possession of a vehicle or other property. The department is there only to keep the peace, and, if necessary, to make an arrest if a criminal act arises between the involved parties. The mere presence of the department does in no way legitimize the lawfulness of the eviction of a tennant or the repossession of a vehicle or other property.

If you require a civil standby, call the department at (815) 498-2351 to schedule an appointment. Civil standby's are done depending on staffing and officer availability. Civil standby's are limited to one-half (1/2) hour maximum. Anyone requiring a civil standby for longer than a one-half (1/2) hour time period will need to schedule the civil standby no less than five (5) days in advance and will be required to pay for the service up front at the current overtime rate of $29.25 per hour with a two (2) hour minimum.

Extra Patrols / Security Checks:

The Somonauk Police Department provides extra patrols and security checks on commercial and residential properties. Property owners requesting an extra patrol or security check will be required to complete and submit a signed request.
Property owners must understand that the department is not a private security entity, nor can the department guarantee that their property shall not be a victim of crime during their absence. By completing and signing a request, property owners also authorize and empower the department and its employees to enforce criminal remedies upon their property in their absence and, if deemed necessary, authorize entry into their property while this request is in effect. It is also the responsibility to of the property owner immediately notify the department upon return.


The Somonauk Police Department will take your fingerprints (inked and rolled) for the following purposes:
  • application for copy of your own criminal record
  • application for out-of-state medical license
  • application for admission to the bar of Illinois or another jurisdiction

If you need to have your fingerprints taken for one of the above reasons, you may call the police department at (815) 498-2351 to schedule an appointment. Fingerprints are taken between the hours of 8:30 AM and 3:30 PM Monday through Friday.

The Somonauk Police Department does not take fingerprints for the following purposes:

  • Adoptions
  • Background checks
  • Board of Education
  • Employment
  • Federal agencies (Homeland Security, Housing-Section 8, Military,etc.)
  • Green Cards
  • Immigration
  • Insurance brokers
  • Passports
  • Real estate
  • Security Licenses
  • State agencies (Foster care, Illinois State Police, Public Guardian, etc.)
  • Stock brokers.

If you need your fingerprints taken for one of these purposes, most of which require electronic submission (Illinois Administrative Code Title 20, Part 125.30) you can find commercial vendors at https://www.idfpr.com/LicenseLookUp/fingerprintlist.asp, or you can contact the State of Illinois at (815) 740-5160.

Unlocking Vehicles:

The Somonauk Police Department will unlock your locked vehicle for you. Call (815) 498-2351 and be prepared to provide the following information:
  • Your name
  • Your telephone number
  • Your location
  • Your vehicle description (make, model, color)
Upon the arrival of the officer, you will be required to sign a Waiver of Liability releasing the officer and the department of any liability for any damage caused by the officers attempt to unlock your vehicle. Once the vehicle is opened, you must provide the officer with State issued identification in order to prove you are the legal owner / operator of the vehicle.

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