Useful Links and Services
Illinois offers a safe option for a desperate parent in crisis. By handing your unharmed baby, 30 days old or younger, to personnel at any hospital, emergency medical facility, staffed fire station, or police station you can walk away with no questions asked.
The Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) enhances the safety and security of Cook County and its residents by working to build capacity to prevent, protect against, mitigate the effects of, respond to and recover from all incidents, both man-made and natural. The website has many useful links and tips regarding safety measures to assist before or after an emergency
Illinois AVN is an automated service that allows you to track an offender's custody status, the status of a court case, or the status of a sex offender over the phone or Internet. You can register to be notified by phone, email, and/or text message if an offender is released, transferred, escapes, or appears in court; or register to be notified by phone, email and/or text message about changes in the status of a registered sex offender.
Homeland Security Victim Notification Program
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HIS) is committed to protecting the public and ensuring that the rights of victims are carefully observed. HSI administers the victim notification program which allows eligible victims and witnesses to obtain reliable and timely information regarding a criminal aliens release from custody. However victims and witnesses are required to register with our agency in order to receive notification of a criminal alien’s release.
Illinois Compiled Statutes (730 ILCS 152/115 (a) and (b)) mandate that the Illinois State Police ("ISP") establish and maintain a statewide Sex Offender Database, accessible on the Internet, identifying persons who have been convicted of certain sex offenses and/or crimes against children and must register as a Sex Offender.
Turbo Court walks you through the process of completing the paperwork needed to petition the courts for an Order of Protection. A petitioner must still appear in court to file the paperwork. No Order of Protection is active until signed by a judge.
The Cook County State's Attorneys' Office is offering parental internet monitoring software to Cook County residents. The "Computer Cop" software serves as a quick and easy way for parents to review what their children are doing while using the internet and to assess if they are being exposed to inappropriate or even harmful content.
At the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children we believe every child deserves a safe childhood. For 29 years we have been at the forefront of the fight to keep children safer from abduction and sexual exploitation. We provide the resources needed to help protect children, bring perpetrators to justice and prevent these devastating crimes committed against children.
The AMBER Alert Program is a voluntary partnership between law-enforcement agencies, broadcasters, transportation agencies, and the wireless industry, to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child-abduction cases. The goal of an AMBER Alert is to instantly galvanize the entire community to assist in the search for and the safe recovery of the child. AMBER Alerts are a tool for law enforcement to use during a child abduction investigation. The AMBER Alert is not the entire missing child investigation.
Project ChildSafe is a nationwide program that promotes safe firearms handling and storage practices among all firearm owners through the distribution of safety education messages and free firearm Safety Kits. The kits include a cable-style gun-locking device and brochure (also available in Spanish) that discusses safe handling and storage. Since 2003, the Project has partnered with local law enforcement agencies to distribute more than 36 million safety kits to gun owners in all 50 states and five U.S. territories.
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