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Elgin police offer citizens a chance to play detective

Naperville police to co-host open house; ISP baseball game to benefit trooper’s family.

By Dan Campana

A limited number of residents will get the chance to handle an investigation with the help of Elgin police on Sept. 30 as part of the department’s upcoming detective class.

Officials called last year’s class a huge success as it focused on teaching citizens about crime scene evidence detection, collection and preservation. This year’s eight-hour session includes a mock crime scene to investigate.

The department even hammed it up a bit in a throwback-style Facebook video asking for help with the “heater” case. Only 20 spaces are available in the class, which will be held at the department’s training room.

For more information, visit www.cityofelgin.org/csi.

Illinois State Police baseball team set to take on firefighters

The 11th Annual Big City Baseball Game featuring the Illinois State Police taking on the Chicago Fire Department’s Bravest is scheduled for Sept. 22 with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit the family of fallen Trooper Ryan Albin.

Albin died after a June 28 crash on Interstate 74 while on duty. He served the state police since 2006 and was assigned as a K-9 officer in the Pontiac-based District 6.

First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood with tickets only $10. In addition to action on the field, fans can enjoy a postgame fireworks show, raffles and $3 food and drinks.

Public Safety Open House coming to Naperville

The Naperville police and fire departments are joining forces on Oct. 14 for the city’s annual Public Safety Open House.

The event, held on the Naperville Public Safety Campus, runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is loaded with family friendly activities and a chance to get up close with police and fire vehicles. Attendees can also check out a variety of live demonstrations involving the use of a Taser, an auto extrication and one featuring the police department’s K-9.

Food trucks will be on hand to dish out food and you can expect McGruff the Crime Dog to pay a visit as part of the festivities.