Three Rivers Park District Department of Public Safety is the law enforcement agency responsible for providing a safe environment for park guests and employees. Public Safety officers strive to provide an excellent park experience for our visitors by protecting the facilities, trails, and natural resources of the Park District. The main goal of Public Safety is to educate park guests on the use of the parks and the Three Rivers Park District Ordinances and state statutes.
The Department of Public Safety is a full service POST-recognized law enforcement agency comprised of command staff, administrative staff, Park Police Officers, Park Service Officers, campground and large event security, and Equine Staff. We use a variety of specialized patrol methods including bicycle, ATV, snowmobile, boat, and horse in addition to traditional squad patrol.
Public Safety Officers
Three Rivers Park District Department of Public Safety offers a unique, non-traditional environment for law enforcement professionals. We have both sworn and non-sworn patrol officers who go through an extensive Field Training program to learn the nuances of park law enforcement. Our area of patrol includes 20 different parks spanning almost 27,000 acres. We also patrol 150 miles of regional and in-park trails as well as over 200 miles of turf trails in various parks.
Park Police Officers are sworn, licensed police officers trained to respond to medical emergencies and accidents which may occur in or near our parks and trails. All Park Police Officers are certified First Responders or Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs).
Park Service Officers are uniformed, non-sworn officers who patrol the parks and trails, provide limited Ordinance enforcement, and serve as a resource to guests.
Public Safety also provides a security detail for those unique situations that call for overnight security, campground security, or large event gatherings. Deploying park security staff to these details allows the Park Police and Park Service Officers to remain focused on other public safety needs.
Public Safety staff is selected from a wide pool of applicants and must demonstrate excellence in both character and ability to be selected for employment. We strive to hire the best of the best.