From the Chief's Desk
Welcome to the Lemont Police Department website. The Police Department consists of men and women committed to the safety and well being of our residents and visitors. It is the mission of the Lemont Police Department to safeguard the lives and property of the people we serve, to reduce the incidence of fear and crime and to enhance the public safety while partnering with our residents to improve their quality of life.
State of Illinois Proclaims
To promote rail safety awareness and education, the Lemont Police Department will be participating in Illinois Rail Safety Week. Enforcement details are planned throughout the week at various railroad grade crossings and commuter stations within the Village of Lemont to cite both drivers and pedestrians who disobey the laws associated with railroad grade crossings and railroad property. In addition, police officers will be distributing literature to the public that contains information on how to be safe around trains and train tracks.
Please remember, not only is it against the law to stop your vehicle on railroad tracks, it is also against the law to stop your vehicle anywhere within the highway-rail grade crossing. Highway-rail grade crossings are typically marked by white stop lines located on the pavement in advance of the crossing, and if not marked by white stop lines, the highway-rail grade crossing extends from protective gate are to protective gate arm.
According to Illinois Operation Lifesaver, more than 86 percent of all collisions occur at crossings with active warning devices (flashing lights, gates, and ringing bells). For more information about Illinois Rail Safety Week, please visit www.illinoisrailsafetyweek.org.
- Illinois has more than 7,400 miles of railroad track, the second largest rail system of any state in the nation.
- Over 547 million tons of freight moves on rails within Illinois each year which is the most of any state in the nation.
- Chicago is the largest rail hub in the United States and third largest inter-modal container/trailer port in the world, following only Singapore and Hong Kong.
- There are about 37,500 rail cars operated by over 50 railroad companies that operate their trains in and through Illinois, which is the third highest in the United States.
- About 20 million tons of chemicals, many of which are hazardous, are transported on the rail system within Illinois each year.
- There are 10,790 public highway rail grade crossings and 3,901 private crossings located within Illinois.