Programs

The Princeton Police Department offers a variety of programs for our community members. The sections below elaborate on each of these programs.
D.A.R.E. Program
darePurpose
D.A.R.E. ProgramThis year millions of school children around the world will benefit from Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.), the highly acclaimed program that gives kids the skills they need to avoid involvement in drugs, gangs, and violence.
D.A.R.E. was founded in 1983 in Los Angeles and has proven so successful that it is now being implemented in 75% of our nation’s school districts and in more than 43 countries around the world.
D.A.R.E. is a police officer-led series of classroom lessons that teaches children from kindergarten through 12th grade how to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives.

Current Teachings
Currently, the Princeton Police Department teaches D.A.R.E. to students Kindergarten through Eighth Grade at the Princeton Elementary Schools and St. Louis School.

D.A.R.E. Officer
Alex Jaramillo

Police Canine (K9) Program
The Princeton Police Department currently has two K9’s, they are K9 Gus and K9 Lucy. K-9 Gus is a Belgian Malinois and his handler is Erik Sorenson.  K-9 Lucy is a bloodhound and her handler is Sara Rokey.

K-9 Gus is certified in narcotic detection, tracking, article search, suspect apprehension and handler protection.
Officer Sorenson attended a ten week Handler Course with his K9 and were certified in all aspects of Police K9 work.


K9 Lucy is a 3.5 year old Bloodhound and is used for man trailing. 
Lucy has been with Officer Rokey since spring of 2022 when they attended a 6 week K9 training course in Kane County, IL. Lucy is certified for trailing/finding people.   Officer Rokey and K-9 Lucy were also certified through the National Police Bloodhound Association in Spring of 2024. 

K9 Officers

Erik & Sara
In the picture from left to right: Officer Sorenson and K9 Gus and Officer Rokey and K9 Lucy.

School Resource Officer Program
Purpose
The School Resource Officer Program started in the 2000 – 2001 school year through a C.O.P.S. grant. The officer is primarily assigned to Logan Junior High School and Princeton High School.

The officer aids the school administration as a problem solver, consultant, and instructor to create and maintain a safe educational environment for students, teachers, and staff.

School Resource Officer
Adam Gutshall
Police Dept.
School Resource Officer
815-875-2631 ext. 1423
agutshall@princeton-il.com

Police Explorers
Meetings
  • 11 am to 2 pm
  • 3rd Saturday of each month
  • 605 Elm Place
  • Princeton, IL 61356
Please enter through the back south door.

Purpose
Welcome to the Princeton Police Department Law Enforcement Explorer Post 40. The Princeton Police Department along with the cooperation of the community, have started and sponsored the explorer post.
The Police Department realizes the impact they have on young adults and would like the experiences with these young adults to be positive.
The Police Department also realizes the young adults need different programs to participate in to help them become better citizens of the community. The Police Department intends to make the experience of the program an enjoyable one as well as a great learning experience.

Mission
The mission of this program is to better educate young adults and adults of the duties and responsibilities of the Princeton Police Department, through classroom training and practical application with officers of the Police Department. With the training and practical application, the intent of the program is also to help the explorers become better citizens of the community.

Goal
The Princeton Police Department Law Enforcement Explorer Post 40 is the first of it’s kind in this area. Any young adult interested in participating in the explorer post should contact the Police Department. The Police Department will also need the assistance of adult citizens in the community to operate the explorer post. An adult citizen does not need to become an adviser to assist. Any assistance by adult citizens will be greatly appreciated.

Join Us
Please, come join in with the Princeton Police Department Law Enforcement Explorer Post 40 and be part of a program that will benefit the Police Department, the community, and the young adults.

Explorer Qualifications
Exploring is for young men and women 14 years of age who have completed the 8th grade or 15 years of age or older, but not yet 21.

Advisors
Alex Jaramillo
Police Dept.
Patrol Officer
Explorers Assoc. Adviser
815-875-2631 ext. 1434
ajaramillo@princeton-il.com
Kyle Kinnamon
Police Dept.
Patrol Officer
Explorers Assoc. Adviser
815-875-2631 ext. 1416
kkinnamon@princeton-il.com